After winning the coveted Academy Award for his documentary “O.J. Made in America,” Ezra Edelman gave the award to Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, who were killed in the incident for which O.J. Simpson was acquitted, and then decided to grandstand a little.
Edelman said it was for victims of “police violence, police brutality, racially motivated violence and criminal injustice.”
While those are noble sentiments on the surface, it would be wildly optimistic to think that there wasn’t at least a little bit of political motivation behind it. It seems like a liberal person of color can’t take a stage or have a camera trained on them lately without taking the opportunity to talk smack about police.
Technically speaking, isn’t anything that you do based on feelings you have because of your race, “racially motivated”? I know that it seems to be the standard that is put on generally light skinned people.
While we’re on the subject of “racially motivated violence” we should probably assume from context that he is referring to when white people are senselessly harmed, since the subject of his video was about a black man that hurt 2 white individuals, right?
To be honest, I think many Americans (myself included) wish that references to racial anything could go away, and we could all treat each other the way we want to be treated. As Martin Luther King Jr. said “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
Until then, I guess we will have to settle for finger pointing. But don’t expect Americans to sit idly by forever and not speak out when we see the pot calling the kettle. . . African American.