Essay about Legal Tension, Social Issues, and the OJ Simpson Trial

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The media’s influence over the masses of society is great. With every passing generation, the media’s ability to access and relay information to the general public with seemingly the greatest of ease continues to impress. Given the expanse of time that has passed since the 1990s, the media, even more-so to this day, shapes our lives, our perceptions, and influences our opinions greatly. The 1990s served an important decade in our country’s young history. Since the mid-1800s, and even before that time, our country has experienced its share of societal issues, from racism to sexism, to religious bigotry, and police brutality, to name a few. In 1994 a very high-profile case was introduced to the American public, as former NFL star Orenthal…show more content…
A celebrity football player charged with murder is brought to trial for the world to see. In the 1990s, there was a vast amount of tensions in the legal system, which not only affected this case, but was also planted in the minds of every person familiar with the trial. Illegal immigration was a hot topic; race riots were on the rise, and instances of police brutality were hot button topics as well, in addition to the typical political topics including war overseas. During the 1980s and 1990s, the United States experienced a large increase of illegal immigration from Asia and Latin America. The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 made it illegal for employers to hire undocumented workers, but it also granted amnesty to illegals already living in the country (Baker, 1997). In addition, Hispanics were becoming a larger minority, and gaining political attention (Sanchez, 1997). In the 1990s, there was another growing cause, popularly coined “The Feminist Revolution.” Half of the country’s workforce was female. Regardless, women were still outnumbered in traditionally male-dominated professions. Even though women were now employed in professions such as law, policing, construction, and as pilots, there was still a gap in salary and in treatment of female workers (Groeneveld, 2010). Another issue surrounding tensions in the legal system stemmed from the cities and suburbs, where there was an explosion of violent crime
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