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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Duke Lacrosse Scandal: A Rogues' Gallery

Stuart Taylor Jr., of the National Journal, tears into a bunch of liberals, who used the lacrosse scandal to make their own prejudicial political and social statements:

My rogues' gallery does not (in all probability) include any Duke University lacrosse player. That's because the available evidence leaves me about 85 percent confident that the three members who have been indicted on rape charges are innocent and that the accusation is a lie.

The gallery does include more than 90 members of the Duke faculty who have prejudged the case, with some exuding the anti-white racism and disdain for student-athletes that pollutes many college faculties.

Some of the Rogues:

  • Princeton University President William Bowen

  • civil-rights lawyer Julius Chambers

  • Mike Nifong, the Durham, N.C., district attorney

  • Houston Baker, a Duke professor of English and of African and African-American studies

  • James Coleman, a liberal, African-American law professor at Duke
    "It's a perfect storm," Duke law professor James Coleman said on NBC this month. "It involves race, privilege. ... It involves arrogance, sex, athletes, the South.

A perfect storm, very nice sound bite Mr. Coleman. Let's see who ends up manning the lifeboats. Here are two more metaphors to consider.

Calling Mike Nifong a rogue is too kind. When this Duke lacrosse case finally dies, it will be a horse race between the pandering fool prosecutor Mike Nifong and the false accuser, Crystal Gail Mangum, as to which one the public thinks is more evil.

Will the rest of the witch hunters become the hunted?

Trick Question:
The group has a 100 percent college graduation rate. Sixty percent have a 3.0 grade point average or above. During the past four years, 80 percent have made a national honor roll. Members regularly volunteer at more than a dozen community agencies, building houses for the homeless and serving in soup kitchens, while raising more money than any other group for the Katrina Relief Fund.

Answer: (a) Tri-Delta sorority at the University of North Carolina; (b) women's rowing team at Clemson University; (c) synchronized swim team at Harvard University; (d) men's lacrosse team at Duke University.

OK, I know, you're smart. You're onto this trick. Obviously, it's (d), the infamous Duke men's lacrosse team, that rowdy drunken white-boy club that rapes black women forced to strip to put themselves through college and feed their fatherless children.

In Duke Case, A Rogues' Gallery [National Journal, May 22, 2006]
For lacrosse athletes, truth loses [philly.com, May 21, 2006]


updated - Duke Lacrosse Rape Timeline [TJN]
Duke Lacrosse Rape: Credibility of Crystal Gail Mangum [TJN, May 9, 2006]
Duke Lacrosse Rape Case: Dying the Death of a Thousand Cuts [TJN, May 20, 2006]
Duke Lacrosse Scandal: DA Mike Nifong - Fool or Fox? [TJN, May 17, 2006]

Duke Lacrosse Rape Case Documentation [TJN, May 14, 2006]
Duke Rape Case: Prosecutor Mike Nifong Shares Evidence with Black Panthers [TJN, May 3, 2006]
Duke Lacrosse Rape: Defense wants DA Nifong thrown off case [TJN, May 2, 2006]
The Duke Administration's Response to Lacrosse Allegations (pdf) by William G. Bowen and Julius L. Chambers [duke.edu, May 4, 2006]

updated - Houston Baker and other liberal prejudical rants:
Dealing with 'Town vs. Gown' Clashes [npr.org, April 7, 2006]
Duke rape case exposes system’s contradictions [workers.org, Apr. 4, 2006]
From Bad to Worse at Duke [insidehighered.com, April 6, 2006]
Race and class divisions shade case against 2 lacrosse players [usatoday.com, April 19, 2006]
Duke’s Poisoned Campus Culture [insidehighered.com, May 1, 2006]
Duke Professor Strongly Criticizes Lacrosse Probe [wral.com, May 2, 2006]

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