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Duke Lacrosse Scandal: Eight Lessons by Dennis Prager

Posted by Thunder Pig on April 24, 2007

Duke Lacrosse Scandal: Eight Lessons

By Dennis Prager

America’s news media, an amoral university, an opportunistic district attorney, and a police department that seems to have collaborated in framing innocent students all combined to nearly destroy the lives of three innocent young men — members of the Duke University lacrosse team.

The attorney general of North Carolina announced that all charges — of rape, sexual assault and whatever other charges a mendacious young woman got Mike Nifong to bring against the Duke lacrosse team players — were being dropped. He pronounced the students “innocent,” not merely “not guilty.” And the attorney general also declared Nifong a “rogue prosecutor.”

The lessons of this terrible story are obvious, but given the political correctness of our time and the inverted values that prevail among America’s elites — particularly the news media, the universities and the legal profession — these lessons will rarely be expressed, let alone learned.

First, the rape of a name is also a rape. A false accusation of rape can be as devastating to a man and his family as a real rape can be to a woman and her family. Sometimes a real rape is more destructive; sometimes the rape of a name is more destructive. It is therefore a grave injustice not to prosecute the woman who brought these false charges.

Second, moral Americans of every race must acknowledge that our society has a problem of anti-white prejudice in parts of the African American community. Proportionally, it seems that more blacks unfairly mistrust whites than whites unfairly mistrust blacks. Mike Nifong won his race for district attorney largely by appealing to this prejudice.


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