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Assuming for a moment that you probably aren’t a despicable racist, could you ever imagine sitting ...

'The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story' Recap: Mark of the Devil

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Assuming for a moment that you probably aren’t a despicable racist, could you ever imagine sitting down and listening to 13 whole cassette tapes of Mark Fuhrman casually using the n-word several thousand times while bragging about beating up innocent black people? That feels like a tall order for anybody, let alone people with consciences. One assumes that these tapes miiight’ve included less horrible topics — Mark Fuhrman’s preferred food item at Wendy’s or his favorite Seinfeld episodes perhaps? — but the worst and most disgusting parts of those tapes certainly overshadow everything else. Go ahead and label those tapes “Bad Times” and use a Sharpie.

Depending on whether you sided with the defense or the prosecution in the O.J. Simpson trial, those tapes may have just been “Manna From Heaven.” In fact, that’s what this week’s episode was titled! It’s worth pointing out that in the Old Testament’s version of events, the manna from Heaven did not involve so many uses of the n-word, at least not in any Bible I’m familiar with. Yet here was Johnnie Cochran, praising the Lord for 13 cassette tapes’ worth of abject hate-speech. See, these weren’t just recordings of a bad cop saying bad things, they were a confirmation of the darkest fears anyone’s ever harbored toward law enforcement. So, uh, thanks, Mark Fuhrman? Like, jump in a grave, but also thanks in a way? 

Guys, this was a very upsetting episode of TV! But sometimes necessary things are upsetting, and “Manna From Heaven” felt necessary and essential. Let’s talk about it!



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