A NATION OF PAINED HEARTS

AMERICANS, BLACK AND WHITE, MAY BE ABLE TO USE THE O.J. VERDICT AS A CHANCE TO EMBARK ON A PILGRIMAGE TOWARD CANDOR AND CHARITY

At least there was one moment of visible black-and-white unity last week. It occurred on Tuesday, shortly after 10 a.m. Pacific time, when crowds of citizens, gathered together in the streets like extras in a War of the Worlds movie of the 1950s, stood staring up at outdoor television screens, waiting for the word.

They were united, briefly, in an anxious silence of the heart. As soon as the verdict was read, however, they split apart; they could watch themselves do it on the split screens. On one side jubilation, on the other dismay. Afterward it was said that America should...

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