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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Duke Case: Holloway's Jungleland

Speaking of dense undergrowth....Dr. Holloway I presume?

You need a guide, a machete, and a weedwacker to chop your way through Karla FC Holloway's essay, "Coda: Bodies of Evidence." The essay is her take on the Duke lacrosse scandal. Holloway is a member of the Group of 88 at Duke and a professor of English.

KC Johnson draws a map to help us find the missing Karla Holloway, who is sinking in a pool of self-pity deep in a jungle of "men's sports" that is infested with "both masculine and white racial disrespect."

The "troubled terrain"..."can be so abusive to women and girls and those "othered..."

It is a tortured journey to follow her arguments. Amazingly Holloway had three porters that helped carry her baggage into the wilderness. Bloggers should be so lucky.

I am grateful to Professors Robyn Wiegman and William Chafe for their generous and careful reading and response to early drafts of this essay, and to Janet Jakobsen for her intuitive and tremendously helpful review.
Hopefully, Wiegman, Chafe and Jakobsen were given adequate insect repellent and lotions so they could escape the savage jungle without getting bit or suffering a rash.

Holloway wasn't so lucky, she's developed a bad case of jock itch. Naturally, it's the lacrosse team that irritates her the most. They are an "assault to the character of the university." She also said, "their reinstatement was accompanied by a code of conduct they inexplicably wrote for themselves." Apparently students should not be caught writing anything for themselves at Duke.

The women's lacrosse team is another open sore with her.

One weed growing in Holloway's jungle is her take on the actual Duke rape hoax. She said:
Those injured by this affair, including the student and the other young woman who were invited to dance under false pretenses and then racially (at least) abused, as well as Duke's campus and Durham's communities, are bodies left on the line...
She refers to the alleged victim a second time as "a student from North Carolina Central University." Using the "student" label instead of "sex worker" is nicer, but not necessarily accurate.

The alleged victim, Crystal Gail Mangum, was not a student when she went to the Duke lacrosse party, she was an experienced, but intoxicated, sex worker. Based on the statement of her driver, Jarriel Johnson, in the three days before the party Ms. Mangum spent the majority of her time preparing for, or doing sex work, not studying.

Those most injured by this affair are the three male Duke lacrosse players not the two women. The alleged physical and emotional injuries suffered by the women are part of this grand hoax, they both have lied and lied about being injured by the lacrosse team.

Ms. Mangum injured herself by becoming intoxicated and falling down on brick steps. She was also injured by her "dance partner," Kim Roberts, who probably stole her money and then had the cops forcefully remove Ms. Mangum from her car.

The part about "the student and other young woman" dancing under false pretenses and then being racially (at least) abused are all assertions that are not fully verified facts yet.

Kim Roberts is not a young women. Kim Roberts a/k/a Kim Pittman was thirty-one years, ten months old at the time of the party. She is also an experienced sex worker, an opportunistic convicted embezzler and a documented liar.

These ladies were not lambs, they were hustlers. They were not "invited" to the party, they were hired to perform. One just happened to be off her game that night.

Ms. Roberts checked out the driver's license of Duke captain and party organizer, Dan Flannery, and she knew they were a Duke sports team. The only ones "dancing under false pretenses" were Ms. Mangum, "Precious," and Ms. Roberts, "Nikki," who were using their professional aliases.

Additionally, there is a very good chance that Ms. Roberts may have started hurling the racial insults in order to distract the players and Ms. Mangum from her theft of Ms. Mangum's money outside the house. The neighbor, Jason Bissey, then just heard and reported the tail end of an exchange of insults that was part of a con perpetrated by a clever convicted thief and liar.

Using the Duke rape hoax to build a case that college sports is immoral is a logical leap that fails to work as persuasive writing. Poor Karla Holloway, jungle fever has softened her brain. Her "bodies of evidence" have all decomposed in the jungle.

Maybe "coda" is Holloway-speak for "Swan Song." Hopefully, she finds her way to safer ground that is far away from Duke or any young minds. How does she get away with teaching English at Duke?

Coda: Bodies of Evidence [columbia.edu]
The Travails of Karla Holloway [DurhamWonderland, Sept. 20, 2006]
Who Robbed Crystal Gail Mangum? - Part 3: The Art of the Heist [TJN, Aug. 24, 2006]

Duke Case: Slur Analysis [TJN]

Duke Lacrosse Case [TJN Archives]