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Friday, July 7, 2006

Duke Case: The Politically Correct Hoax or "Po-Ho"

A politically correct hoax is one that is calculated to provide a maximum of offense and outrage, particularly to the racial, cultural, or other groups that identify with the victim or victims, or who can gain political advantage by exploiting the alleged heinous crime.

History is littered with politically correct hoaxes that initially worked like gangbusters because they inflamed hot-button racial, ethnic, or other social tensions.

The Duke lacrosse "gang-rape" hoax was hatched on the spur of the moment by a college educated sex worker, Crystal Gail Mangum. It took an intoxicated Ms. Mangum at least a dozen attempts to formulate a story that would even have a chance of being believed. However, the stars just happened to lineup for Ms. Mangum, in more ways than one.

The hoax was extended and further perpetrated by a scheming, politically pandering, Durham district attorney, Mike Nifong.

The Duke lacrosse case then became a feeding trough for the liberal main stream media, feminists, and the bully boys and girls of political correctness.

The Duke lacrosse case will go down as the mother or grand daddy of all modern politically correct hoaxes - just pick your politically correct metaphor. It will be the benchmark for all future politically correct hoaxes or "po-ho's."

A brief history of Po-Ho's:

Tawana Brawley:

Brawley was a 15-year-old African-American female who received national attention in the U.S. after claiming she was raped by six white men, some of them police officers, on November 28, 1987 in the village of Wappingers Falls, New York. Despite the lack of any evidence, the alleged incident soon became a media sensation, championed by Rev. Al Sharpton, and attorneys Alton H. Maddox and C. Vernon Mason. The case was thrown out by a grand jury in October 1988, who cited a lack of evidence.

The Scottsboro Boys:
The trial of the Scottsboro Boys arose in Alabama during the 1930s, when nine black youths, none older than twenty-one, were accused of raping two white women (Victoria Price and Ruby Bates) on a train. After a trial now regarded as one of the travesties of the American justice system, the defendants remaining (some had the charges against them dropped) were given very harsh sentences, including life-long terms in several cases and two death sentences, despite the fact that one of the women later denied being raped. The convictions were eventually overturned after multiple appeals, and all of the defendants were eventually acquitted, paroled, or pardoned (besides one who simply escaped), some after serving years in prison. Tom Robinson's trial in Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird was inspired by this case.

Sacco and Vanzetti:
Were two Italian-born American anarchists, who were arrested, tried, and executed via electrocution in Massachusetts, although there was popular doubt regarding their guilt. Both Sacco and Vanzetti had alibis, but they were the only people accused of the crime. As a result of what many historians feel was a blatant disregard for political civil liberties, and a strong anti-Italian prejudice.

Susan Smith:
Smith, a resident of South Carolina, initially reported to police, on October 25, 1994, that she had been carjacked by an African-American man who drove away with her sons still in the car. Smith made tearful pleas on television for the rescue and return of her children. However, nine days later, following an intensive, heavily publicized investigation and nationwide search, Smith eventually confessed to letting her 1990 Mazda Protege roll into nearby John D. Long Lake, drowning her children inside.

Charles Stuart:
Stuart was a Boston man who murdered his pregnant wife and inflamed racial tension by blaming a non-existent black suspect. On Oct. 23, 1989, Charles Stuart, a furrier, and his pregnant wife Carol, a lawyer, got into their car after attending childbirth classes at Brigham and Women's Hospital. According to police, Stuart shot his wife in the head and himself in the stomach, and then called 911 on his cell phone. Carol Stuart died that night and his son died 17 days later after his father discontinued his life support. Stuart blamed the crime on a black man. The Boston police aggressively pursued black men without probable cause. They suspected one Willie Bennett, and on December 28, Stuart fingered him out of a lineup.

Salem witch trials:
The Salem witch trials, which began in 1692 (also known as the Salem witch hunt and the Salem witchcraft episode), resulted in a number of convictions and executions for witchcraft in both Salem Village and Salem Town, Massachusetts. It was the result of a period of factional infighting and Puritan witch hysteria which led to the deaths of 20 people (mostly female but also male) and the imprisonment of scores more.

The Duke hoax is Tawana Brawley redux just on a bigger stage says William L. Anderson. Anderson compares that beauty of a 1980's po-ho to this Duke po-ho. Not surprisingly, some of the same actors make appearances in both hoaxes, like Al Sharpton and The New York Times. Mr. Anderson makes some interesting observations:
The third conclusion is that there are a number of groups in this country that have a vested interest in promoting lies. The false prosecution of these athletes – and the charges are transparently false – would not have been possible but for the feminists on the Duke University faculty, the NAACP of Durham, and the mavens of political correctness that dominate the staffs of publications like the New York Times, Newsweek, Time, and the various broadcast news outlets. That some broadcast outfits like Fox News, along with Newsweek have turned skeptical does not mitigate the fact that it was the news media that gave Nifong an uncritical platform to tell what now have been exposed as lies. The alliance of the politically correct reminds us once again that the legal agenda of so-called Progressives is to impose something akin to the Stalinist Show Trials for a system of "law."

The fourth conclusion is that the media never tire of hearing lies from Al Sharpton and his allies. Sharpton's criminal – yes, criminal ‚– role in the Brawley case should have disqualified him from ever being quoted again in any decent publication, and he, Maddox, and Mason should be sharing a prison cell at Attica. Instead, Sharpton is constantly feted as a hero, makes a grand living as a traveling speaker, is a featured speaker by the Democratic Party, and has joined forces with Cash Michaels of the Wilmington Journal to perpetuate the Duke "rape" lie.

sources:
Tawana Brawley II [William L. Anderson | LewRockwell.com, July 7, 2006]

related:
Hoax crimes - contrived racist and anti-gay incidents [ Jon Sanders | National Review, Sept. 14, 1998]
Stomping Out (Phony) Hate Crimes [TheSimon.com, May 3, 2006]
Scottsboro, NYT, and Hauntings [LaShawnBarber.com, June 23, 2006]

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