Add the name of Lynne Duke at the Washington Post to the list of microphone junkies, crackpots, racists, and pandering pundits using the Duke lacrosse scandal to push their own pet racial sterotypes and social theories.
The Duke Case's Cruel Truth - Hateful Stereotypes of Black Women Resurface:
The mainstream media have largely tiptoed around the brutal truth that has been discussed among black women in private conversations, in the blogosphere and on college campuses. It is that the Duke case is in some ways reminiscent of a black woman's vulnerability to a white man during the days of slavery, reconstruction and Jim Crow, when sex was used as a tool of racial domination.
It was the kind of predatory behavior that found its way into modern culture in the old Rolling Stones song, "Brown Sugar." And the stereotype of black women as highly sexed, like the lascivious Jezebel from slavery days, is a recurring image in music videos today, sparking complaints from many women.
Racial history still resonates, still touches a deep and tender nerve. You can hear it, can hear the bitterness, in the way even a prim older woman discusses the Duke case.
"I think there's a tendency to downgrade black women and to discount the fact that, no matter what they are there to do, they are not just animals to be used," says Dorothy Height, 94, president emeritus of the National Council of Negro Women.
What do these broad social essays have to do with the particulars of the Duke lacrosse scandal?
Specifically, the innocence of three young Duke lacrosse players and why a drunken sex worker, Crystal Gail Mangum, lied about being raped.
Prosecutorial misconduct and abuse, legal ethics, and credibility are the legitimate talking points, not some hokum about "the stereotype of black women."
Using this bogus Duke lacrosse case to make broad social commentary is like wetting your pants in public to show your support for the incontinent. It might feel good to do it, but you are still standing in a puddle of urine.
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Duke Lacrosse Scandal: Playing Race Cards in Durham [TJN, May 23, 2006]
Duke Lacrosse Scandal: DA Mike Nifong - Fool or Fox? [TJN, May 18, 2006]