|Description||Chris Darden urges the judge not to let the "N" word enter the trial|
|Details||Season 1, Ep. 5, "The Race Card" 17 minutes into the episode|
In the OJ Simpson trial, Chris Darden, one of the prosecutors, urges the judge not to make the OJ Simpson case a case about racism. He urges the judge not to let anybody mention the "N" word. Good monologue for actors of color.
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Chris Darden: “Your Honor, I’d like to address a separate issue. (Clears throat) Your Honor, Detective Fuhrman’s gonna play a very small role in this case, but we believe when he’s called to the stand, we’re gonna be forced to go back 15 odd years to ask him about completely irrelevant statements that people have claimed he’s made. These statements are racially insensitive and divisive. The questions is: why bring them up? They’re gonna ask him if he made a racial slur or repeated a racial epithet. But why ask? There’s no legal purpose for it. But Mr. Cochran and the defense have a purpose for entering this area ad that purpose is to inflame the passions of the jury and ask them to pick sides. The-the “N” word is a dirty, filthy word, Your Honor. It is so prejudicial and inflammatory that the use of it in any situation will evoke an emotional response from many African-American.
We’re talking about a word that blinds people. When you mention that word to this jury, it will blind them to the truth. They won’t be able to discern what’s true and what’s not. It will impair their judgement. It will affect their ability to be fair. It’ll force the black jurors to make a choice: whose side are you on, the Man or the brothers? So, the People strongly urge the court, respectfully, not to allow that vile word to be uttered at any time during this trial.”