O.J. & race

Why ‘Transcending Race’ Is a Lie

No American athlete today is as well loved as O.J. was before he was arrested.

Simpson’s story is that of a black man who came of age during the civil rights era and spent his entire adult life trying to “transcend race” — to claim that strange accolade bestowed on blacks spanning from Pelé to Prince to Nelson Mandela to Muhammad Ali. Which is to say, it’s the story of a halfback trying, and failing, to outrun his own blackness.

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