...there exist many people in Durham who believe that they are entitled to a conviction, even if it is wrongful. Seligmann, Finnerty, and Evans are not real people to them, only political symbols that must be destroyed at all costs... - William L. AndersonUpdated - today's items:
La Shawn Barber:
Duke’s Privileged Puffed Up Professors — Here’s some common sense advice for everyone: Never puff up your academic and professional credentials. All it takes is one smart and motivated person to do a little digging and expose you to ridicule.
KC Johnson, premiere Duke case blogger, has been blogging his butt off. Not only has he been burning up bandwidth reporting on procedural errors in the case, but he’s taken Duke faculty to task, particularly members of the “Group of 88,” professors who’d signed off on a letter/advertisement rushing to judgment against the lacrosse players. By signing and publishing that letter, the professors became fair game...
Wahneema's World (see comments) — Wahneema Lubiano, who coordinated the Group of 88’s statement... Lubiano’s career provides a glimpse of the kind of professor Duke’s humanities and (some) social sciences departments have desired in recent years...
Oraculations: Should you send your child to Duke at all?
The Real People of Durham and The Word in the Street — Over the past four months, our most frequent, and vocal, critics have been quick to point out that we are out of touch with the “real people of Durham.” Kindly, these hecklers have continually offered insight as to the “word in the street here in Durham.” While painting a very clear picture of their own mindset, these visitors to the blog demonstrate that the sentiments expressed by the Herald Sun’s Greg Phillips, NCCU’s Chan Hall and the local Democratic Party’s Harris Johnson are not simply three random, misguided perceptions. In gratitude for the contributions by these local commentators, today we turn the blog over to the "Real People of Durham"...
Comment: The Durham Chamber of Commerce needs to redo its marketing campaign to incorporate Durham's unique brand of street justice for yankees as one of its charming appeals.
LieStoppers discussion: The true voice of DurhamWilliam L. Anderson:
Oraculations: The mob is warmed up at Duke
What If Evans, Finnerty & Seligmann Had Been Black? — I doubt anyone in Durham really is listening or is willing to understand the ramifications of what Nifong and others there are doing. We are seeing the politics of entitlement at work, and in this case, there exist many people in Durham who believe that they are entitled to a conviction, even if it is wrongful. Seligmann, Finnerty, and Evans are not real people to them, only political symbols that must be destroyed at all costs, and if this madness is permitted to continue, innocent blacks in the future also will suffer prison sentences or worse. Right now, however, the representatives of the NAACP and people like Joyner really don’t care about that; they just want to see people go to prison, even if they committed no crime.
LieStoppers discussion: ...thought provokingHerald-Sun:
New NAACP president sworn in - Fred Foster Jr. is pledging to reach out to black men and Duke University as the new president of the Durham branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In a spiritually filled ceremony Sunday at Peace Missionary Baptist Church, Foster, 58, was sworn in for a two-year term in the local leadership position of the nation's oldest and most significant civil rights organization. Foster, in an interview afterward, said the Durham NAACP would increase its profile by mobilizing young people and sending them into the community
Comment: Mr. Foster should reach out to three innocent young white men, who have been falsely charged. But, don't hold your breath. Apparently it is only civil rights for some that matters.
Forum topics of note:
LieStoppers: The Angry Mob - It is funny that you mention ten years. It was almost ten years ago that a three man gang rape charge was made aout members of the Dallas cowboys.
There was considerable outrage at the priviledged athletes who thought they could get away with anything. In this case the police took the change seriously and invesigated professionally. Michael Irvin's alibi was thoroughly vetted and they went back and confronted the accuser who finally admitted the fabrication...
Lubbockonline: A former stripper who made up a gang-rape accusation against Dallas Cowboys stars Erik Williams and Michael Irvin was charged Tuesday with filing a false police report. Nina Shahravan, 23, could face six months in jail and a $2,000 fine...Shahravan filed a police report Dec. 30 - after first going to a television reporter - accusing Irvin of holding a gun to her head while Williams and a third man, who was never identified, raped her in Williams' home. She also accused Irvin of videotaping the attack....Comment: Here is the liar's number, three, being used again, back in an old case of a false gang-rape allegation.
LieStoppers forum: Winners and Losers, analysis
Sunday News — insights and summary of recent events
da's Train Wreck Express — "The Earth Will Shake"
John in Carolina (12/9):
Duke/Durham snapshots — A few “snapshots” that may help bring “the big picture” into focus. I was talking the other day with a friend who’s a Duke A&S faculty emeritus....
KC Johnson (12/9)
Best of the Case, V — the most perceptive pieces to have appeared since mid-November. The post is divided into three categories: the Duke Chronicle; Liestoppers; and everything else.
John in Carolina (12/8)
A Duke "Rogues’ Gallery" — Taylor wrote a superb column last May. Read it if you missed it. If you read it back then, I hope you give it another read. Great columns, like great books, are worth rereading.