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Positively Speaking-The Juice

Well now, what is this? O.J. Simpson has been granted parole. I must say that I am happy for him. As hard as that is for me to admit, but it is the truth. I am not a fan. I don’t know if he killed anyone. I’m not sure if he committed armed robbery. What I do know is that O.J. Simpson has never been a stand-up citizen for the Black community. For that reason, he gets no points from me. O.J. Simpson is a womanizer and abuser. For that reason, he gets no points from me. Why am I happy? Because based on the evidence presented against him for the armed robbery case that he has spent nine years in jail for he was given a harsh sentence. Fame can work for you and against you. It has always been my belief that he was given thirty-three years, not for armed robbery, but for not being convicted of murder. I am still not sure how the whole Civil thing works, but I am not certain how you can be found not-guilty of murder, but responsible for the murder at the same time. Maybe I will research that one day, just not today.

Black athletes are often idolized when they are at the top of their game. We see them smiling side by side with the same people who, nine times out of ten turn their backs on them, drag their names through the mud and make sure that they don’t have a dime left to pass on to their children. Sure, there is some generational wealth in the Black world of sports, but how many generations back can you count that money? My point exactly.

O.J. Simpson will never be poor, but the wealth that he once had will likely not return in his lifetime. What does that mean for his children? The Bible tells a story about a blind man who wants to see and goes to see Jesus. Someone asks the blind man what his parents did that caused him to be without sight. Jesus said that the sins of the parents are not passed on to the children. Does the legal system know that? Does the media know that? Most of us proclaim to be good Christians, so we should all know it, but how many of us practice it?

I wonder what type of lives O.J. Simpson’s younger children will have. I wonder if O.J. Simpson has been thinking about what he can do to change the tone of how the world will likely see and respond to his children.

O.J. Simpson, you were harshly sentenced based on the crime at hand, but there were other factors that karma had to take into consideration. I hope that now you will be able to think first and act second.

To whom much is given, much is required.

The Writer

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