Newsweek: Moderate Voice: Race Cards: O.J., Obama and Ifill

Newsweek: Moderate Voice

Race Cards: O.J., Obama and Ifill

O.J. Simpson is going to prison and Barack Obama seems to be headed for the White House after a brief to-do this week about Gwen Ifill’s role as moderator for the VP debate because of her upcoming book about the arc of black politics from the civil rights struggles of the 1960s to the present. Unlike Sarah Palin, who has been invisible on the Sunday morning talk shows, Ifill was on Meet the Press today with Tom Brokaw, who is old enough to remember the times she is writing about. Simpson’s conviction on charges of kidnapping and armed robbery adds an exclamation point to a milestone between then and now, coming exactly 13 years to the day after Johnnie Cochran played what he called the race card


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