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Re: “No escape

Something we can all escape is the mental gymnastics that lead to the thought process seen in this alleged "article." You appear confused, let me address that confusion. The case you point to is one that does not simply "lack evidence," it is one where a sitting Attorney General declared factual innocense of the Defendants after an exhaustive investigation. Thus, this is not an evidentiary finding of not guilty, this is a factual finding of "they did not do it." When taken in light of the actual statement of Roy Copper, your contention that Crystal is a "victim" in any manner other than her own terrible life choices is laughable. And your comment that there exists "latent racism" in the Duke culture is equally disengenuous, at least the slant you are trying to effect. On one hand you make this point, on the other you point to the fact that "racist comments" were allegedly made (ignoring the fact, well publicized, that the other stripper started this exchange with her own racist comments). Yet you then ascribe those comments to the entire lacrosse team. Isn't this an example of ascribing a thought, a commonality of trait based on race to a group based on the fact that they are caucasian? Wasn't this the motivating impetus for this matter, that the lacrosse team, being white, were smeared with convenient labels, and the prosecution given a carte blanche to proceed with a case using these labels as a justification notwithstanding the fact that the charged individual Defendants were in fact not guilty of any crime? That their rights to due process, a presumption of innocense, right to counsel, and right to production of evidence were all trumped by the fact that because they were caucasian lacrosse players, they "probably" did something? Isn't this entire case a cardinal example of "active" (as opposed to latent) racism played out on a national stage for all to see? You say you were fooled by Nifong. Has it ever occurred to you that you were fooled because he told you what you wanted to believe in spite of the evidence to the contrary, and used your own racist tendencies to effectuate a severe miscarriage of justice by garnering your support on that basis? You talk of responsibility, and what you have learned, yet it appears you have learned nothing. I suggest that the next time you write such an article, take a good look at yourself before touching the keyboard. Responsibility, you see, is a two edged sword.

Posted by Esquire on 04/26/2007 at 10:28 AM

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