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Duke Lacrosse Gals Wear ‘Innocent’ Sweatbands
The improbable prosecution of three Duke men continues, and the Duke lacrosse girls, who fell to Northwestern last Friday as ours did today, are wearing sweatbands supportive of their beset counterparts on the men’s team, who have been thoroughly villified, condemned, and now subjected to every needling probe the sensitivity firmament has. This, despite the fact that only three of the team are charged and their guilt has not yet been adjudicated.
The sweatbands are really nothing surprising, even though the zealots among the professoriat at Duke, who have been very certainly behind the “racial strife” there—the specter of hatred justifies their jobs, after all—will condemn this as some kind of proof that whites feel privileged to rape, and they’ll rally ‘round one another when challenged. Really, the sweatbands are an exhortation to fairness, and an understandable reaction—one many Dukies are now having or have had—against the rush to judgement in which their hot-headed professors and administrators asked them to join when the accusation broke.
Mike Nifong, the prosecutor, is now dragging his feet on the case, since his prospects, given all the recent revelations as well as the amazingly weak discovery he turned over, have dwindled to naught. And he’s won his primary, so who cares? Perhaps the Duke gentlemen will see their day in court when election season comes around.
RELATED: The New York Times’ David Brooks, who, like many of his co-workers, was quick to crucify the Duke lacrosse team, today eats crow, saying, “simple decency requires that we return to that scandal, if only to correct the slurs that were uttered by millions of people, including me.”
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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