A post by Maynard
[BUMPED from 9/15/07. The modern racial double standard is glaringly obvious. I respect Breitbart, but he pushed the Sherrod story forward as an example of a very real problem without having the full background. The racist/racialist orientation of the NAACP and the like are clear enough, but we now know this wasn’t the case to illustrate it. That the Left does this all the time is no excuse. Just as the Left has no standards for itself, I hold my political allies to the highest standards. That’s why I’m on this side; because this is where far more integrity is to be found. So we should regard this incident as, as the man said, a “teachable moment”. We’re all capable of “acting stupidly” now and then (I certainly am, anyway); let’s not follow the lead of our opposition and make stupid and mean a lifestyle choice. The Duke rape allegation is a textbook example of pervasive institutional racism and dysfunction in one of our most elite institutions, with almost everyone in power refusing to admit they were egregiously wrong, even long after the irrefutable facts were laid out for all to see.]
We heard about the infamous Duke University rape case in bits and pieces over time, and most of this “news” was driven by political agendas. Now that the story has wound down, it’s worthwhile to step back and contemplate the lessons to be learned. Here’s a succinct summary from The Economist‘s Lexington column: “Presumed Guilty”.
The most essential information is that the case was absolutely untenable from the beginning, and that the entire incident illustrates how political correctness has metastasized into unabashed and systematic racism. The sad, but unsurprising, conclusion is:
The only people who, it seems, have learned nothing from all this are Mr Nifong’s enablers in the Duke faculty. Even after it was clear that the athletes were innocent, 87 faculty members published a letter categorically rejecting calls to recant their condemnation. And one professor, proving that some academics are as far beyond parody as they are beneath contempt, offered a course called “Hooking up at Duke” that purported to illustrate what the lacrosse scandals tell us about “power, difference and raced, classed, gendered and sexed normativity in the US.”
I guess it’s unreasonable to expect the elite educators to learn anything.
The article was prompted by the release of this book, Until Proven Innocent: Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case. A Time Magazine columnist acknowledges the depth of the problem:
The analysis of the notorious Duke rape case in this book is hard to accept. According to Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson, this episode was not just a terrible injustice to three young men. It exposed a fever of political correctness that is more virulent than ever on American campuses and throughout society. . . . Unfortunately for doubts, the authors lay out the facts with scrupulous care. This is a thorough and absorbing history of a shameful episode.