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Re: “No escape

Per the comments from readers who've vilified Mr. Hart for his stance, I gather that you're not long-standing residents of Durham who truly understand the deep chasm that exists between the fortress that is Duke, including the "noble" denizens ensconced within its walls, and the lowly serfs who reside within the town itself. For decades, there has been a strong undercurrent of racism between these two inhabitants that usually flows like a smooth ribbon of lava only to flare up on occasion as was the case with this latest debacle. A "holier than thou" attitude permeates certain factions of the Duke student body and carries a noticeable "odor" of disdain for the common townfolk. Don't get me wrong - I'm not condoning the false accusations by Crystal that ignited to this year-long firestorm but I understand why she did it. And while from all accounts it appears that Ms. Roberts initiated the verbal attacks, I can "guarantee" that Crystal and Kim as well as their family, friends and social circle acquaintances have all been victims of racial epithets and the like from the Duke "royalty" for their entire lives. Much like the jurors in the O.J. Simpson trial who wouldn't be able to face their peers had they betrayed their own, Crystal felt the same obligation. She'd had enough and when the right opportunity came along, decided to turn the tables on her oppressors. Once again, I'm not excusing her actions nor downplaying the uncalled for strife and torture experienced by the defendants that resulted from her ruse, but when you have a "wound" that has festered for years and you finally get the chance to alleviate the pain, you hungrily take the medicine that you shouldn't have been deprived of to begin with.

Posted by Chryptographer on 05/14/2007 at 12:23 PM

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