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Re: “A Durham County Sheriff’s Office Major Says Elected Officials May Be Obstructing Justice in the Confederate Monument Case

The sheriff's major made a legitimate point, and the fact remains that he has to enforce the law as it is, not as you or I might wish it to be. But the also fact remains that this issue would be a lot less problematic if the GOP-led General Assembly hadn't tied local governments' hands two years ago on the subject of Confederate statues and monuments; that bill was among the most ill-considered and just plain petty to have been passed since the GOP took power in 2011.

Accordingly, some people involved in taking the statue down might well see themselves as engaging in civil disobedience. The problem with civil disobedience is that if you do the crime, you've got to be prepared to do the time, and tearing down public property is significantly more serious than trespassing in the legislative building - notions of ownership aside, it's potentially very dangerous both to participants and to bystanders. And the participants knew or should have known that. As much as I want all those things gone, replaced only with pictures hanging in museums next to pictures of lynching victims, I can't in good conscience say that those who tore down the statue without official imprimatur should just get a free pass.

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Posted by Lex Alexander on 08/30/2017 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison Is Very Mad at Us

More evidence, were more needed, why electoral politics needs to be excised from law enforcement and replaced with sober professionals answerable to the county manager. To say nothing of the fact that this guy is behaving like a 9-year-old -- not as bad as Trump, but, Lord, not good.

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Posted by Lex Alexander on 09/28/2016 at 9:30 AM

Re: “Dan Forest Says We "Misunderstand" HB 2

Bless his heart.

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Posted by Lex Alexander on 07/22/2016 at 3:49 PM

Re: “Why North Carolina’s Bathroom Bill Debate Feels All Too Familiar

As Gov. McCrory has proven that he has no balls, what bathroom will he be using?

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Posted by Lex Alexander on 03/24/2016 at 2:18 PM

Re: “The Republican approach is if you don't talk about it in school, it's not a problem

Racism is this country's original sin -- we enslaved one race and nearly wiped out another, and we have continued to enact government and corporate policies that have a foundation in racism right up to the present day, when research shows discrimination, some of it unconscious, in recruitment/hiring, marketing, and many other aspects of society. To argue that American history shouldn't include race is even stupider than arguing that it shouldn't include the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution.

But, hey, I'm just a middle-aged, white Republican male. I couldn't possibly know what I'm talking about.

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Posted by Lex Alexander on 12/03/2014 at 10:30 AM

Re: “What Democrats need to explain about how helping some helps us all

Good idea, but you need to disabuse yourself of the notion that Hillary Clinton would ever even embrace, let alone advocate forcefully for, the economic measures we need. Nah. Guh. Happen. If there were any chance it would happen, we would have seen some sign, some indication, some inkling, before now. Instead, what we've seen is Republicanism Lite, and that's exactly what we can expect from her as president.

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Posted by Lex Alexander on 11/19/2014 at 10:22 AM

Re: “A Duke senior sues the university after being expelled over allegations of sexual misconduct

I've read and re-read the account of this incident, and it scares the hell out of me, because I don't know who is telling the truth and there's a nontrivial possibility that a real victim here will be punished -- and I'm referring to both accuser and accused, because who is right and who is wrong are so unclear. I'm inclined to think the accuser is telling the truth, but I'd have a very hard time swearing that I believe so beyond a reasonable doubt.

It also scares hell out of me because Duke is my 16-year-old daughter's first choice for college and was almost mine, and I have many friends who are Duke alumni. Duke's administrators have made some very serious *general* errors in deciding and publicizing how cases such as this are to be handled internally -- errors that leave no one with any clarity on a subject on which clarity is essential and leave students and the university alike at risk.

In general, I think colleges and universities have no business handling allegations of sexual assault internally. They need to be handled by law enforcement. And this problem is by no means isolated to Duke; my alma mater, Davidson, had a very similar case just weeks ago (a good summary, with links, is here: http://davidsonnews.net/blog/2014/04/30/students-account-of-her-rape-on-campus-prompts-a-debate/ ). I didn't think Davidson had any business handling such cases internally in the early 1980s when I was a student, and I haven't changed my position.

Sexual assault cases are a matter for the courts, full stop. Colleges need to stop kidding themselves that they are capable in any way of dispensing justice in such matters.

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Posted by Lex Alexander on 05/29/2014 at 8:33 AM

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