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.

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