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Nifong Makes New York Law Journal — The New York Law Journal, the nation’s best selling legal daily publication, published on Tuesday, January 30, 2007, an article on disgraced Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong’s role as Hijacker of the Hoax. The title of the article - “District Attorney Scandal in the Duke University Case” (subscription required) - further reveals the extent to which it is now commonly accepted that Defendant Nifong has brought his office and profession into disrepute. Henry H. Korn, who wrote the article, is a senior partner in the New York law firm LePatner & Associates. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Pace University School of Law, and is a former Assistant United States Attorney with the Criminal Division of the Southern District of New York.
Mr. Korn begins his scathing missive with a brief description of the nightmare the victims of the Hoax have endured in what he has dubbed the District Attorney Scandal...
Sunday Review — Friday is the deadline for Mike Nifong’s attorneys to file his response to the State Bar. If nothing else, the response should be creative—especially since the words of one Nifong lawyer, David Freedman, powerfully indicted the defendant for the very offenses the bar cited....
ALLEGED ATTACK 2 NOT COINCIDENCE - The victim of this latest attack is a perfect example of how GOD uses hurting people to help and encourage others who may find themselves in similar situations. I am convinced that because of the courage of our former sister survivor to come forward about her sexual assault this has helped our latest sister survivor to come forward as well. I hope this will be a catalyst for women everywhere to report crimes of sexual assaults .
(D) university should not be only disturbed by this second incident, but it should be proactively seeking solutions to addressing this problem. These incidents of violence against women are only a symptom to much larger problem at this university. What is even more disturbing is how the university responded last year when a male student wrote a demonic email depicting how he would skin another human being -in particular women. This student was just suspended for a few days. What kind of message did this send to the young women on this campus, when there already seems to be a sinister ideology of white male supremacy hovering around this campus...
comment: The theme of "sinister ideology of white male supremacy" has been fertile ground for Duke's own Mark Anthony Neal and Wahneema Lubiano.
Mark Anthony Neal, Associate Professor of African-American Studies at Duke University, BlackCommentator.com & NewBlackMan blog:
(White) Male Priviledge, Black Respectibility, and Black Women's Bodies -
comment: If Mark Anthony Neal and Wahneema Lubiano are looking for a "sinister ideology" to attack they should consider going after "pimp culture" and the sadomasochistic and misogynist lyrics of Rap/hip-hop/urban music, not their own students.
Stanley Crouch, NY Daily News:
At last, women lash out at hip hop's abuses - The most successful black women's magazine, Essence, is in the middle of a campaign that could have monumental cultural significance. Essence is taking on the slut images and verbal abuse projected onto black women by hip hop lyrics and videos.
The magazine is the first powerful presence in the black media with the courage to examine the cultural pollution that is too often excused because of the wealth it brings to knuckleheads and amoral executives.
This anything-goes-if-sells attitude comes at a cost. The elevation of pimps and pimp attitudes creates a sadomasochistic relationship with female fans. They support a popular idiom that consistently showers them with contempt. We are in a crisis, and Essence knows it.
When asked how the magazine decided to take a stand, the editor, Diane Weathers said, "We started looking at the media war on young girls, the hypersexualization that keeps pushing them in sexual directions at younger and younger ages."...
From an Essence Magazine Poll:
What I hear about women in most songs played on urban radio
- doesn't affect me 4.1%
- makes me cringe 73.1%
- I don't care. I just like the beats. 1.5%
- sometimes bothers me; sometimes doesn't 21.3%
* Number of respondents: 836