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April 16, 2006 - 5:07 am

a href=”http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2006/04/rush_to_judgement_at_duke.html”Here is a good article /athat really sums up the incident at Duke. The rush to judge the young men in this case is disturbing:br /blockquotebr /”We don’t know all the facts about the alleged Duke lacrosse rape, but …”br /br /That’s more or less how most commentators have introduced their remarks on the case that has reduced the Durham, N.C., community to prayers, tears and recriminations.br /br /Let me interpret the code for you: Men are bad.br /br /Even though we don’t know what happened, we’re not going to let the absence of facts interfere with our indictment of a team, a coach, a school, but more to the point – of boys.br /br /About the only thing to emerge with any clarity since a black exotic dancer claimed that three white lacrosse players raped her last month is our willingness to believe the worst about males.br /br /That belief is all the more rewarding if the males happen to be white, as well as athletes, and especially if they’re perceived to be privileged. If there’s one thing we can’t bear in this country, it’s spoiled white boys who think the world owes them a good time./blockquotebr /br /The author of this article hits the nail on the head with these statements: br /br /blockquoteWhile we wait to hear what the grand jury decides, we might turn our harsh judgment inward and recognize that the anti-male groupthink that permitted a presumption of guilt in Durham is little different than the lynch-mob mentality that once channeled rage against blacks.br /br /Obviously, no woman deserves to be raped for any reason, under any circumstances. But nor do men deserve to be presumed guilty just because they’re men./blockquotebr /br /Perhaps the real crime here is that our man-bashing society has declared itself judge, jury and hangman without ever hearing the other side of the story.

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