O.J. is innocent and I can prove it – William Dear

Edward Thomas Jr. Review

I thoroughly enjoyed the book, well put together, although and I agree with the proven ‘innocence’ of O.J. Simpson, I don’t agree with the “overlooked suspect” identified as Jason Simpson.

While I am not an investigator but when this trial started, I watched it from beginning to the end and found nothing presented by the prosecution that would link O.J. to these murders. However, being Black, the easy kill, (celebrity status disappeared) he was the perfect patsy.

My ‘suspects’ centered on the drug aspect which was ruled out in this book – in my opinion –  for a quest of climax.  In the book it was documented that Ron Goldman was a drug dealer and his roommate “had his throat cut” in what was being called a drug-related death.  Also Faye Resnick, another drug user that had introduced Nicole to its use with the thought of opening a restaurant with no money of her own but connected to drug dealers.  Yet, in this book, these individuals were summarily dismissed as a nexus leading up to these murders.

A key witness (a maid) at the trial (omitted in the book) stated that on the night of the murders, she saw a number of men dressed in black approaching in the alley. Suddenly, a discrepancy was discovered on her application for employment that caused a few extra dollars to come her way. Then as if by a puff of smoke, she was deported back to Latin America and never heard of again.

Then it was the ‘shoes’ – no shoes recovered no receipts of sale, etc., I was delighted with the investigation and exposure of the blood on the well placed socks by the ‘Katz and jammer’ (professional?) police. However, the thorough examination of the bloody socks turned out as it did at the trial to be ‘planted’ blood since it had a preservative (EDTA) from the vial of blood taken at the jail. In Spokane, WA, when Fuhrman wrote his book “Murder in Brentwood”, he was rewarded with a Radio Talk Show which folded after awhile for lack of talent.

This book even talked about the Las Vegas ‘setup’ arrest to ‘get’ Simpson for the murders that was supposed to have been done by him – well it worked and they jailed an innocent man that simply could not define ‘friend from foe – sad.
The LAPD embarrassed considers the case closed.

This was an interesting book but for the leap to conclusion in my opinion. It is too bad that our judicial system only concerns itself with sensationalism – not justice.

Edward Thomas, Jr

Patronize Black-Owned Businesses

The Afterword – Slate

In 2009, Maggie Anderson and her family pledged that they would patronize black-owned companies whenever possible, so she scoured the Chicago area for black-owned supermarkets, dry cleaners, gas stations, pharmacies, and clothing stores. Our Black Year: One Family’s Quest To Buy Black in America’s Racially Divided Economy is the story of their experiment in conscious consumerism. Anderson discovered that black businesses lag behind businesses of all other racial and ethnic groups in every measure of success. In the Asian community, a dollar circulates among local shop owners, banks, and business professionals for up to 28 days. In the Jewish community, a dollar circulates for 19 days. In the African-American community, a dollar is gone within six hours. The interview runs about 29 minutes.

Spokane Black Entrepreneurs – Let’s Start here!

Do you know of other minority businesses in Spokane or online? Tell us about them in the reply/post comment box below.

Patricia Stephens Due Dies

The New York Times

“Unsung Foot Soldiers.”

Patricia Stephens Due, whose belief that, as she put it, “ordinary people can do extraordinary things” propelled her to leadership in the civil rights movement — but at a price, including 49 days in a stark Florida jail — died on Tuesday in Smyrna, Ga. She was 72.

How To Be Black: Baratunde Thurston

It’s no coincidence that Baratunde Thurston’s new memoir and satirical self-help book How to Be Black was slated for release on the first day of Black History Month.

“I feel great about that,” Thurston tells Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross. “I think we have a moment every year in our country where everyone buys black stamps and thinks more explicitly about black people and blackness, so it was a perfect month to release a book on this subject.”

Thurston, a stand-up comedian and The Onion‘s digital director, says that he doesn’t get as many gigs this month as one might think.

Let Baratunde tell you his story.


Adilah Barnes at Whitworth – One Actor’s Journey

Cover of Adila Barnes' autobiography

Adilah Barnes performance in the one woman show I Am That I Am: Woman, Black at Whitworth University on October 26 was an evening of inspiring theater. The choice of women portrayed (from Sojourner Truth forward to Angela Davis and May Angelou), the interesting and meaningful selection of their words woven together with song in a dark theater was moving. As the excellent questions from students, faculty and community members revealed something of Ms. Barnes life and spirit and because some of her life path seemed to parallel my own I decided to buy her book so I could find out more.  We talked a little as she signed the book and indeed we had both been college students in the San Francisco Bay area in the late 60’s and early 70’s – that great time of change. . . . . .

But as I opened her book and read about her origins I realized we had even more in common – we are both from Oroville, California. . . . . (more)

Thanks to Adilah Barnes for sharing her life journey so unreservedly. It was heart warming to read the story of someone who set goals and didn’t let anything stop her from reaching them.  More information about her, including where you can buy her book, may be found at her website.
IMDB (The Internet Movie Database) pulls up some full episodes of TV series she was in if you search her name: