Reflecting on the legacy of O.J. Simpson : Code Switch With the news of O.J. Simpson's death on Thursday, we're revisiting our reporting from 2016, where we took a look into how Simpson went from being "too famous to be Black," to becoming a stand-in for the way Black people writ-large were mistreated by the U.S. carceral system.

Reflecting on the legacy of O.J. Simpson

Reflecting on the legacy of O.J. Simpson

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With the news of O.J. Simpson's death on Thursday, we're revisiting our reporting from 2016, where we took a look into how Simpson went from being "too famous to be Black," to becoming a stand-in for the way Black people writ-large were mistreated by the U.S. carceral system.

October 2, 1995. Double murder defendant O.J. Simpson listens as Judge Lance Ito announces that the jury in the Simpson trial had reached a verdict in Los Angeles. Myung J. Chung/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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October 2, 1995. Double murder defendant O.J. Simpson listens as Judge Lance Ito announces that the jury in the Simpson trial had reached a verdict in Los Angeles.

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