America’s unfinished business from the O.J. Simpson trial

February 2, 2016 5:53 PM

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America’s unfinished business from the O.J. Simpson trial

The O.J. Simpson trial is a powerful generational marker. As my colleague Hank Stuever writes in his review of the first installment of FX’s new “American Crime Story” anthology series, which follows on the success of showrunner Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story,” “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” assumes “that anyone under 30 is only vaguely aware that, once upon a time in the dial-up modem days, a retired professional football star was arrested and charged with murdering his ex-wife and a restaurant employee with whom she was casually acquainted.”

For anyone unfamiliar with the murders and trial, “The People v. O.J. Simpson” draws plenty of parallels between that moment in American history and our own, 20 years hence. The series begins with the video of the beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles Police Department officers, an event that set of...

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