OJ Loses Black Support

Steadfast 71% who thought him innocent in 1994 now down to 40%

By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 29, 2007 3:21 PM CDT

(Newser) – OJ Simpson has seen his steadfast defenders in the black community run for cover in the wake of his hypothetical confession and his new legal mix-up: a Washington Post survey concludes that whereas 71% of African Americans thought he was innocent of the 1994 double-murder rap at the time, only 40% think so now. 

Controversial and erratic behavior is seen as the main cause for The Juice’s dwindling support; said one man on the street, “OJ is crazy.” The poll did not indicate a change in the sentiment that the criminal justice system is prejudiced against blacks; in fact, nearly half of respondents think OJ was treated unfairly. Support for his innocence is virtually unchanged among whites, as 74% maintain the football star is a killer.

O.J. Simpson Attends Bail Hearing On Robbery Charges. Blacks in the survey are probably saying, 'We're sort of fed up with this guy,'  said Earl Smith, a Wake Forest University professor who wrote Race, Sport and the American Dream. If you look at his actions since the murder,...
O.J. Simpson Attends Bail Hearing On Robbery Charges. "Blacks in the survey are probably saying, 'We're sort of fed up with this guy,' " said Earl Smith, a Wake Forest University professor who wrote "Race,...   (Getty Images)
O.J. Simpson fails to fit into the infamous pair of gloves in this June 21 1995 file photo. There's just been a lot of things that have happened, said one professor. The tape on TV shows the rage he's capable of...People are seeing all this and starting to...
O.J. Simpson fails to fit into the infamous pair of gloves in this June 21 1995 file photo. "There's just been a lot of things that have happened," said one professor. "The tape on TV shows the rage he's...   (Getty Images)
O.J. Simpson, left, and his lawyer Yale Galanter appear in a Clark County Justice courtroom for Simpson's arraignment in Las Vegas, in this Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007 file photo. Simpson was released from jail Wednesday after posting $125,000 bail in connection with the armed robbery of sports memorabilia...
O.J. Simpson, left, and his lawyer Yale Galanter appear in a Clark County Justice courtroom for Simpson's arraignment in Las Vegas, in this Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007 file photo. Simpson was released from...   (Associated Press)
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