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Khloe Kardashian got first taste of racism during O.J. trial

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Thursday, March 17, 2016, 12:12 PM

Racism first became a reality for Khloe Kardashian during the infamous “Trial of Century.”

The “Kocktails with Khloe” socialite says she got her first taste of bigotry when her late lawyer father, Robert Kardashian, defended O.J. Simpson in the 1995 murder trial that brought America’s simmering racial tensions to a boil.

“We would get kicked out of restaurants because my dad was defending O.J. or just really crazy things,” the reality star, who turned 11 the year of the trial, told guests on her FYI show Wednesday. “It was really intense, and as kids, you don’t understand.”

Racism first became a reality for Khloe Kardashian during the infamous “Trial of Century.” SPW / Splash News/SPW / Splash News

Racism first became a reality for Khloe Kardashian during the infamous “Trial of Century.”

Enlarge Robert Kardashian (l.) served as part of O.J. Simpson's legal "Dream Team." VINCE BUCCI/AFP/Getty Images

Robert Kardashian (l.) served as part of O.J. Simpson’s legal “Dream Team.”

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Khloe Kardashian turned 11 in 1995, the year her dad defended O.J. Simpson in the so-called “Trial of the Century.”

Her Armenian-American father, who died in 2003 of esophageal cancer, also forbade her describing other kids by physical attributes like skin color or weight, Kardashian added.

“I would have to give a personal characteristic. I was never allowed to say, ‘the chubby girl,’” she said. “My dad was super strict about that. But yeah, racism is real.”

Race came back into play after Kardashian moved with her now-estranged husband, former Laker Lamar Odom, to Dallas after he was traded to the Mavericks.

“I was in an interracial marriage. I would never think to say, ‘Oh, by the way, my husband’s black, so when he comes in don’t let your jaw drop,’” she said. “When I moved to Dallas was the first time that was thrown in my face.”

Race came back into play after Kardashian moved with her now-estranged husband, former Laker Lamar Odom, to Dallas.Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Yeezy Season 3

The 31-year-old claimed the newest generation of kids in her family — including niece North West and nephew Mason Disick — also “don’t understand” race at their young age.

“They know that they have darker skin. … But none of them would ever say, oh, you’re black or you’re white. They don’t understand that,” she said. “But I love that our family looks like the United Nations, and I love that when they’re playing.”

mjagannathan@nydailynews.com

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