Christopher Darden (prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson trial) has come to epitomize the burdens that African American prosecutors face as they perform their professional tasks. Moreover, the "Darden Dilemma" has become a generic term for the anguish that these prosecutors endure as they negotiate between competing allegiances to the African American community and the State. Much has been written about the sense of isolation that African American prosecutors feel when confronting the conflict between their roles as prosecutors and their obligations to the African American community. This article argues that African Americans should not prosecute crimes in the current criminal justice system.
Kenneth B. Nunn, The "Darden Dilemma": Should African Americans Prosecute Crimes?, 68 Fordham L. Rev. 1473 (1999-2000), available at http://scholarship.law.ufl.edu/facultypub/109