The response to the new rape allegations from two weeks ago has revealed the sickening hypocrisy in our community. To start, let's quickly review a little history.
When white Duke lacrosse players were accused of raping a black stripper and student at North Carolina Central University, the "racial left"-those whose worldview is dependent upon that belief that America is a racially oppressive society-unleashed unholy hell.
Protesters swarmed our campus and the city streets, they screamed vulgar condemnations, they tarred the whole team as complicit in a stonewall cover-up, they put up wanted posters, banged pots and pans. They cried out for justice and vengeance, demanded suspensions, expulsions and incarcerations. Worst of all, as they feverishly disregarded due process, they helped create an atmosphere of hysteria and madness which could only serve to embolden an unhinged district attorney who had the power to breathe life into the fantasies of the growing mob.
But when a black man was recently accused of raping a white Duke student at a party hosted by members of a black Duke fraternity, suddenly these great defenders of virtue fell silent.
There have been no protesters, no signs, no one chanting and screaming in front of the house where at least one member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. live demanding they "come forward" with what they know. No one is demanding President Brodhead take action or that we cure a sexist and racist campus culture in response to these accusations. No professors are running ads that convey guilt or claiming, as they did before, to know the alleged crime was racially motivated. (To quote professor Mark Anthony Neal's repulsive statement: "regardless of what happened inside of 610 N. Buchanan Blvd., the young men were hoping to consume something that they felt that a black woman uniquely possessed.")
Though people condemned the lacrosse players for the apparently anomalous act of underage drinking, not a word has been uttered about the marijuana, cocaine and Oxycontin found at the house where Phi Beta Sigma members hosted their party. The racial left claimed the lacrosse players got preferential treatment because they were white. In reality, their skin color appeared to earn them something very different-a witchhunt.
Even as early developments cast a shadow of vexing doubt on changing accusations, the "social justice" activists were unseeing and unfeeling, and the mania charged forward. The racial left made the lacrosse case their flagship for dramatic charges of endemic racism on campus and in society at large.
Professors and student activists directed their screams and cries toward bullying Duke into ever more institutional backing for their pet agendas, the first product of which was the backward Campus Culture Initiative.
The lacrosse allegations provided a fantastic opportunity to advance a social agenda and to keep the distance between the paranoid delusions of widespread racism upon which so many of the careers and the lives of the activists have been built and the rather obvious reality that the overwhelming majority of whites in America are not racist (and in fact commit rape against black citizens with disproportionate infrequency).
Is it any surprise radical students, activists and faculty latched onto these charges with such euphoria? Or that to this day they have neither apologized nor retreated?
And if America is the racist society that the racial left so fervently believes we are, then where are all the members of the white establishment rushing to judgment in the new rape case? Where are the assaults against Phi Beta Sigma? Where are the racist professors making insane statements akin to some of Duke's last spring?
If only the racial left had showed the lacrosse team the respect for due process everyone is rightly showing those involved with the new allegations.
If only their commitment to justice was colorblind, then perhaps three demonstrably innocent members of the Duke community would not be facing trial as we speak.
The greatest irony of all may be that the only people who seemed to prejudge a rape allegation on the basis of race are the very same people who cry out that racial prejudice is a crippling problem in America.
But the racial left is quite right about one thing-there is racial disharmony in our society. And if they want to know the cause, they need look no further than the mirror.
Now that is something that really needed to be pointed out and said. I can only hope that the above receives the attention that it deserves and perhaps really makes people think about the differences in response.
However, in the interest of being, dare I say, 'fair and balanced', I will point out that perhaps one reason for the difference between the response to the accusations of rape then and now is that people have learned a lesson about prejudging and jumping on the bandwagon. I'm sure that's at least true for some proportion of the potbangers that raised a storm the first time around. Some of them have even made off the record statements to reporters that they feel like they were used by Nifong and others who misled them about the strength of the prosecution case and other particulars like the figmental 'wall of silence'. Unfortunately, I'm also certain that this group is probably a minority when you still have so many hewing to their unfounded belief that 'something happened' in the lacrosse case simply based on race and class.
The deafening silence you hear now from the Group of 88 and the NAACP has nothing to do with the fact that they've learned to take a step back and wait for facts. It has everything to do with the fact that the racial see-saw no longer floats in line with their prejudices and preconceptions. In fact, I'm willing to wager that if a bunch of raucous potbangers showed up to chant and harass the fraternity or the alleged rapist, one of the first cries out of their collective mouths would be 'RACISM'. Shame and condemnation upon all of you for assuming that the man is guilty, no doubt for the sole cause that he is black. Hilarity.
As for me, I have no clue whether the guy who was arrested is innocent or guilty or what. Just as in the duke lacrosse case, I figure what will decide for me is the forensic evidence. If he claims there was no sexual contact, then it all comes down to the DNA test. Spooge or no spooge will determine the outcome.