The historical event that I chose to focus on for this assignment was the O.J. Simpson murder trial. There are so many different aspects of this event that could be studied through our intercultural communications lens. I want to focus on why there were so many conflicting views and opinions of this case, and how our cultural identity plays a big part in influencing our perspectives.
Perception of guilt or innocence is influenced by one’s culture.
Different reactions to the Verdict (Google Images)
The cultural divides that influenced us in this case were distinguished by gender, age, race
There was a ‘hidden history’ behind how certain communities felt about the LAPD. “For people whose histories are hiidden from the mainstream, speaking out is an important step in the construction or personal and cultural identities.” (Martin and Nakayama p. 94)
The acquital of all four officers in the Rodney King beating led to the 1992 Los Angeles Riots