|Age Range(s)||Adult (36-50), Senior (>50)|
|Type of monologue / Character is||Angry, Scolding, Mocking, Speech|
|Description||Johnnie Cochran responds to Chris Darden's request not to use the "N" word in the OJ Simpson trial|
|Details||Season 1, Ep. 5, "The Race Card" 19 minutes into the episode|
Johnnie Cochran is one of the lawyers in the OJ Simpson defense team. Here he is responding to the request of one of the prosecutors, Chris Darden, not to let anybody use the "N" word during the trial in order to avoid making the trial about racism. Good 2 minute monologue for actors of color.
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Johnny Cochran: “Your Honor, I did not plan to speak on this matter, but I would be remiss if I did not respond to my good friend, Mr. Chris Darden. Mr. Darden’s remarks this afternoon are perhaps the most incredible remarks I’ve heard in a court of law in my 32 years of practice. His remarks are deeply demeaning to African-Americans. And so, first and foremost, your Honor, I would like to apologize to African-Americans across this country. It is preposterous to say that African-Americans collectively are so emotionally unstable that they cannot hear offensive words without losing their moral sense of right and wrong. They live with offensive words, offensive looks, offensive treatment every day. And so, Your Honor, I am ashamed that Mr. Darden would allow himself to become an apologist for Mark Fuhrman. Who are any of us to testify as an expert as to what words black people can or cannot handle?! Your Honor, across America, believe you me, African-Americans are offended at this very moment. And so, for a friend that I deeply respect, I would say this was outlandish, unfortunate...and unwarranted. Thank you Your Honor (Turns to Chris Darden) Nigga, please