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Flashback with Klavan and Whittle: Was O.J. Simpson Guilty?

FILE - In this June 15, 1995 file photo, O.J. Simpson, left, grimaces as he tries on one of the leather gloves prosecutors say he wore the night his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were murdered in a Los Angeles courtroom. Simpson, the former football star, TV pitchman and now Nevada prison inmate, will have a lot going for him when he appears before state parole board members Thursday, July 20, 2017, seeking his release after more than eight years for an ill-fated bid to retrieve sports memorabilia. (AP Photo/Sam Mircovich, Pool, file)

Ahead of being granted parole by a Nevada board for a 2008 armed robbery conviction, O.J. Simpson said that he’s “basically” lived a “conflict-free life.” History would beg to differ: America knows the controversial result of his 1995 murder trial.

What did the case reveal about our nation? In this throwback to our PJTV days, Andrew Klavan and Bill Whittle discussed the implications of that infamous verdict for race relations. “You can make the case that this current racial divide that Obama has done so much to exploit really came down to that period between the Rodney King riots and O.J. Simpson,” said Bill Whittle. “It’s almost like O.J. was the revenge for the [acquittal of the police officers who beat King],” he added, noting that both cases were “catastrophes” for the rule of the law (not victories for White America or Black America).

“The minute you start talking morally in racial terms (Black Lives Matter, or there’s got to be white justice, there’s got to be black justice), you have gone insane,” said Andrew Klavan, making the case that this is what happened with Simpson’s murder trial. “The O.J. Simpson trial didn’t start the racial divide, but it did kind of bring to the fore how bad things were,” he said.

Check out the whole discussion and let us know what you think.