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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

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Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

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Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

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April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review Nov. 20, 2006 / 29 Mar-Cheshvan 5767

O.J. and Emmett Louis Till: Regan and Fox have done us a favor

By Clarence Page

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Something sounded eerily familiar about O.J. Simpson selling a sleazy near-confession in book and TV deals. Then it came to me: Emmett Louis Till.

The brutal 1955 murder of Till, a black teenager from Chicago who was killed for allegedly whistling at a white woman in Mississippi, energized a decade of civil rights actions and reforms. It also led to a shocking episode of checkbook journalism.

After J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant were quickly found not guilty for murdering Till by an all-white jury, they confessed at length in a 1956 Look magazine article, for which they were paid $4,000. They did not fear being tried again for Till's murder because of constitutional protections against double jeopardy.

Neither does Simpson, who comes about as close as one can to confessing to the 1994 murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman, while crouching behind a hypothetical "if" in his forthcoming book, "If I Did It," and a two-part interview on the Fox network. Judith Regan of ReganBooks paid Simpson $3.5 million, according to some news reports, although Regan declined to reveal the actual amount.

The Look article, headlined "The Shocking Story of Approved Killing in Mississippi," removed all doubt as to the suspects' guilt. Regan and her parent company — Rupert Murdoch's media empire, which owns the Fox network — can't claim as much. Simpson's supposed tell-all teases and taunts all of us, particularly the victims' families. Judging from what has been reported about the sleazy book, I can't imagine who would want to buy it, although I suspect the TV show will pull in a sizable audience.

Yet, as much as this latest Simpson episode further degrades the questionable practice of checkbook journalism, it also moves us closer to the real Simpson. All hypocrisy has not been exposed, with Simpson telling us this much: He is either the killer or amazingly nuts — or both.

The message to his defenders and those who gave him the benefit of the doubt is that he no longer deserves any of that benefit.

Is that too harsh? I doubt it. Some high-profile crimes can have a tremendous impact on the nation's social order and sense of justice. Rosa Parks said she had Emmett Till's death on her mind when she refused to give up her seat on that Montgomery, Ala., bus and ignited the boycotts that touched off the modern civil rights movement. The national horror over Till's death and the exoneration of his killers isolated Southern segregationists and paved the way to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and other reforms.

What has Simpson's not-guilty verdict brought? No matter which opinion you hold about the facts of the case or the fairness of Simpson's prosecution, there's no question that the racial pain, fears, anger, resentments and suspicions of American society played themselves out in the aftermath of his "not guilty" verdict by an almost all-black jury.

Just as the backlash against Till's death led to the isolation of Southern segregationists, the backlash against the Simpson verdict seems, in my view, to have brought further isolation of the civil rights and civil liberties movements.

As much as Till's murder gave moral capital to the human rights struggle, Simpson has taken his verdict and turned it into cash, laughing all the way to the bank, even if it's snatched away by the victims' families. They won a $33.5 million civil judgment against Simpson, which they have yet to collect.

If Till's death made it easier to argue that the scales of justice were tilted against African-Americans, Simpson's antics could make it harder to argue for the rights of the accused who don't have Simpson's money.

So, yes, like Look magazine, Regan and Fox have done us the favor of greater insight, if not the total truth, about another historic crime. They've coerced a suspected killer into giving us, for all intents and purposes, a confession. Simpson doesn't quite say that he was the killer, but he lets us know he's cold-blooded.

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