Feminism and the Duke rape case
William L. Anderson:
The Washington Post columnist Anne Applebaum – who, for the most part, tends to be much more thoughtful than most writers on the national scene – once tried to put the entire lacrosse affair at Duke University into perspective in her April 26 column by labeling it a "scandal in search of meaning." Alas, she is far too generous with the accusers and those who have been the driving force of what is unmistakably a case of prosecutorial misconduct and lies by police and District Attorney Michael Nifong.
Indeed, if there is a scandal here, it is a scandal of justice, as lawyers and investigators are uncovering (using police reports and other "official" documents) the web of deceit that has become the bedrock of the rape charges against the three Duke athletes. Yet, there is also a secondary scandal, that being the actions of a number of Duke faculty members and the black leaders of Durham, North Carolina, and the NAACP. Without the feminist-black alliance driving the politics of this case, there most likely would have been no indictments, as the evidence clearly demonstrates that Crystal Gail Mangum was not raped by the Duke athletes or anyone else.
(One needs to read all of the documents to understand how police and prosecutors willfully sought indictments that they knew were false, covered up exculpatory evidence, and engaged in criminal behavior in their pursuit of this case. Lest anyone think that the prosecutorial situation in the United States is one in which prosecutors actually seek justice, read the Duke material in all its horror, and realize that prosecutors across the United States have closed ranks in defense of Nifong. Thus, the official "justice" system in this country perpetuates lies and more lies.)
Yet, there is an even more disturbing aspect to what has happened in Durham, and that is the laying bare of the real agenda of the left: the destruction of all individual rights and the imposition of what the left calls "collective rights," which are nothing more than a sham. If the left continues to gain power, and if the statements of the demonstrators in Durham are an indication of the mindset of leftists, then people charged with crimes of "political incorrectness" will not be permitted to defend themselves, publicly or in a court of law. Once upon a time, leftists were the ones who were most vocal in defense of individual rights, at least where the courts were concerned, but that is no longer the situation. Between the "conservatives" who call for more police power and "leftists/liberals" who also call for more police power – at the expense of individual rights – there are few people left to defend what rights remain.
That is why I call the Duke affair a "meaning in search of a scandal." Feminists and those who consider themselves to be "civil rights" advocates already have a certain view of the world, one that holds that white males are the source of all oppression, and that all relationships are nothing more than the manifestation of white male power. Thus, incidents like what supposedly happened at the off-campus party at Duke are "proof" of the veracity of the feminist worldview.
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