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May 19, 2006

The Biggest Scandal in the Duke University Rape Case (Updated)

Topics: National News

thomas_sowell.jpgThomas Sowell says that some people in the media saw the Duke rape case from day one as a matter of taking sides rather than seeking the truth. They want to be on the politically correct side -- for a black woman against white men -- and the facts be damned. He reminds minorities that racial polarization is a dangerous game, especially dangerous for minorities in the long run, and says that tragically, the way the Duke case is being handled, it looks as if District Attorney Michael (truth be damned) Nifong is pandering to these ugly feelings:

The worst thing said in the case involving rape charges against Duke University students was not said by either the prosecutor or the defense attorneys, or even by any of the accusers or the accused. It was said by a student at North Carolina Central University, a black institution attended by the stripper who made rape charges against Duke lacrosse players.

According to Newsweek, the young man at NCCU said that he wanted to see the Duke students prosecuted, "whether it happened or not. It would be justice for things that happened in the past."

This is the ugly attitude that is casting a cloud over this whole case. More important, this collective guilt and collective revenge attitude has for years been poisoning race relations in this country.

It has torn apart other countries around the world, from the Balkans to Sri Lanka to Rwanda. Nor is there any reason to think that the United States is exempt from such polarization.

At one time, the black civil rights leadership aimed at putting an end to racism, and especially to the perversion of the law to convict people because of their race, regardless of guilt or innocence.

Today, this young man at NCCU represents the culmination of a new racist trend promoted by current black "leaders" to make group entitlements paramount, including seeking group revenge rather than individual justice in courts of law.

Just like Sowell suggests in his article, the case is begining to smell to high heaven. And as for (truth be damned) Nifong, somethings just not right with that man - he's begining to smell more than the case itself.

Update (also in the forum): So, as opined in an April 10 Newsweek piece, are we looking at something out of a chapter from Tom Wolfe's "I Am Charlotte Simmons," a tawdry tale of pampered jocks who think they can get away with anything - or are we looking at something out of a chapter from another Tom Wolfe novel, "The Bonfire of the Vanities," a tale of a prosecutor exploiting racial tensions with a trumped-up charge?

My bet is on the latter, but the case is unfolding in a community that has already decided it's the former.

Posted by Richard at May 19, 2006 12:51 AM

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