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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Duke Case: Other Viewpoints

updated:

"To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you." - Lewis B. Smedes
Sometimes we check-in to see what the blog Justice-For-2-Sisters is saying about the case. Here is song4assata's latest take on the case:
You Know What the 3 Accused Players Should Do When This is Over?

Go speak out against racism. Let it soak in for a second. I've said from the start of this case, if the public feels these guys have been treated unfairly and stereotyped, well congratulations, you now know what it feels like to be African-American and be prejudiced against. Let's list the reasons we've heard the sympathizers and the accused cite for being unfairly stereotyped:

Because of their race.
Because of their socio-econimic status.
Because of the neighborhood they come from.
Because of the school they attend.
Because of the sport they play.
Because of the behavior of others in the above groups.

They've been "cut loose" by their school, face plastered around the world, teachers turned on them, arrested without cause, subjected to DNA tests, mug shots, fingerprinting, torso photographs. Every bit of it, according to them, has been unpleasant, unfair, demeaning, and life-changing.

Go back and read those reasons again, and think of when African-Americans, Latinos, Asians, have made these exact same claims in terms of their experiences with racism and classism. Did you think it sounded like whining and complaining? I hope this perspective causes you to see it in a fresh way....

What Reid, David, and Colin and their families are feeling now, every African-American in this country has been feeling for over 400 years....
A good point, in a blog by a women who wanted to believe the accusations from the moment she heard them. By the way, their names are Reade and Collin, not Reid and Colin.
I started this blog the day the alleged victim's story ran in a local paper. When the story mentioned the team planned to play a match that same afternoon with Georgetown as if there were no felony allegations against 3 of them, I just got 'righteously angry' as the saying goes.
Song4assata motives for following the Duke case remind us of this quote from "hip-hop intellectual," Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, on April 18th, regarding the Duke rape case:
As I said before, I truly believe the young woman's story and hope that the truth is brought to surface as soon as possible. But, like many Black people, a part of me NEEDS to believe that the story is true. Although most Black people won't admit it, many of us are thinking "“She better not be lying or it'’s gonna take years to live this down."”
So was this case about "pay back" and "Justice-For-All-Sisters?"

sources:
Accused Players Should Do.. [Justice4TwoSisters.com, Oct. 24, 2006]
Duke Rape Case: The Squirm Factor [TJN, April 19, 2006]

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