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UNINTENDED IRONY OVER RELEASE

Few things underscore human behavior more accurately than unintended irony.

New York Times sports writer Ira Berkow captured, with dead-pan wit, a moment of such irony on March 25, as he described the scene outside the Indiana prison where former boxing champion Mike Tyson had been freed after having served three years of a six-year sentence:"As the cars pulled away from (the) prison in the growing light of day, people shouted well-wishes after Tyson. Someone, perhaps lost, shouted, `Free the Juice!' "

The "Juice," of course, is O(renthal) J(ames) Simpson. But why would someone, seemingly "lost," hoist a sign alluding to O.J. at Tyson's release from prison? Truth is, this someone was not "lost" at all. He knew where he was, and his message clearly was about the subtleties and paradoxes of race in America. He was saying that O.J., like Tyson, is the victim of a racist judicial system and should be freed also. Never mind that the "Juice" is on trial for murder.