Monday, June 18, 2007

Nifong and the Duke 88

So, Mike Nifong has been disbarred and the Duke University has reached a settlement with the former lacrosse and wrongfully accused players. One would hope that Duke University is really serious about
to work to protect others from similar injustices in the criminal justice system in the future.

But Mike Nifong and the University aren't the only villains in this whole sad affair. What about those faculty members who went on a social vigilante rampage? The Duke 88, which publically praised demonstrators that branded the players as "rapists". They have never demonstrated any remorse or made any attempt to say they were sorry. These people created a mob mentality. They took an incident of a supposed rape and turned it into tales of racial, sexual and class discrimination.
I sure would like to see these faculty members held accountable. I know it's too much to ask that they have their teaching licenses taken away. But could they not be officially reprimanded by the University and the community of Durham publically rebuke them? I think it will be difficult for the community to
bring the Duke family back together again.. and prevent similar injustices and ensure that the lessons of the last year are never forgotten.

Especially since a large part of that "family" refuses to admit that they were wrong.

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