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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Duke Case: "Has Anyone Here Seen My Old Friend The NAACP?"

Anybody here seen my old friend Abraham?
Can you tell me where he's gone?
He freed lotta people but it seems the good they die young
You know I just looked around and he's gone

Anybody here seen my old friend John?
Can you tell me where he's gone?
He freed lotta people but it seems the good they die young
I just looked around and he's gone

Anybody here seen my old friend Martin?
Can you tell me where he's gone?
He freed lotta people but it seems the good they die young
I just looked around and he's gone

Didn't you love the things that they stood for?
Didn't they try to find some good for you and me?
And we'll be free
Some day soon, it's gonna be one day
So where has the NAACP been regarding this disgraceful injustice in Durham?
Has anyone here seen our old friend the NAACP?
Can you tell me where they've gone?
They freed lotta people but it seems the good they stood for has died.
At least for three innocent white boys in North Carolina.
Robert KC Johnson wrote:
Nifong enablers among the political and legal leadership of the African-American community have received less attention. Yet their reaction to events has been startling, in at least three respects. First, the black political leadership has almost unanimously given a pass to Nifong’s transparently race-baiting tactics. Second, the state NAACP has adopted a series of positions on the Duke case that wholly contradict the criminal justice principles with which the organization long has been associated...

The NAACP has gone beyond silence. In three ways, it has taken acts involving the lacrosse case that have contradicted its longstanding core principles on criminal justice matters, risking permanent damage to the organization’s moral standing...

So, on the one hand, the NAACP has long defended free speech and courageously highlighted how the "victims’ rights" movement can threaten due process. But in the Duke case, the local NAACP has asserted that the "legal rights to a fair trail" of the "alleged victim" can trump the rights of the accused, and also justify preventing the accused from exercising their First Amendment rights to freedom of speech? ...

So, on the one hand, the NAACP has long fought against procedurally suspect eyewitness IDs, lest they produce a “conviction . . . based on unreliable evidence.” But in the Duke case, the local NAACP has contended that despite Nifong having violated virtually every element of the Durham procedures and contradicted all relevant statewide trends, the jury should decide such procedural questions?
Nifong Tarnishes the NAACP [Durham-In-Wondeland, Aug. 16, 2006]

A case could also be made that a verse should be addded for the ACLU:
"Has anyone here seen our old friend the ACLU?"
The ACLU would disagree:

Daniel Bowes, President, ACLU@DUKE said...


As the president of the ACLU@DUKE I'd like to respond to your posting.

I'm disappointed to hear that you feel we didn't respond adequately. We however feel that we acted both responsibly and adequately...

[see comments for Nifong Tarnishes the NAACP]

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