29 March 2006

King warns NAACP: Investigate Duke rape charges.

this is an audio post - click to play
Stopped in for a pint at O'Neills to watch my cousin, and got a shock: A news story hidden for weeks about some privileged ($43K/yr I believe) white boys from Duke lacrosse team allegedly raping some brown sisters who were called there ostensibly to show a lil' flesh to a coupla' guys. Come to discover the whole team was there; the only black LAX player was not accused and the white boys refused to cooperate with the authorities.

Because if you don't, I'll get up with North Carolina NAACP communications wonk Jerry McClough -- who already wants to see a movie (read comments) and call in the Marines for the shit I'm going through in New Hampshire -- and get those young ladies and get them on video. Don't throw out any more goddamn emails, my niggas. Here's what Sports Illustrated says. I warned you already, I'm your worst f*cking nighmare: A nigga' with a law degree, a writer, a film crew and a conscience.

Again, Bruce, the choice is yours. Do the Right Thing.

Neighbor heard 'nigger': A neighbor, Jason Bissey, said he should have called police when he noticed something was wrong. He said he saw at least 30 men enter the home, which Duke officials said is rented by three lacrosse team captains.

PS: Here's Smoking Gun's take.

PPS1: FWIW Bartender Kevin is a part of the lacrosse community and he is ashamed for his brethren; I told him I was going to blawg this thing straight away.

PPS2: It broke at least 3 days ago but they kept it on the DL.

PPS3: The $300.00 Department of Labor assessment against American Tower Corp. I mention in the audioblawg is a mis-speak. It was $300,000.00.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Rape shields were created in the 1970s to protect the alleged “victim” from having her reputation ruined by baseless assumptions, unfair judgments, public humiliation, and character assassinations, but any of this could describe what’s happening to every member of the lacrosse team.

Irresponsible “special interest groups” have held protests everyday holding the name and pictures of anyone on the lacrosse team, to having their pictures and hate slogans pasted all over school. The actions of these groups against these men are nothing short of harassment and unfair character assassination.

Media hungry District Attorney Mike Nifong stated he is positive a rape has occurred, but he isn’t sure if it’s by the members of the lacrosse team, yet he obtained an order to get DNA samples from only the members of the team, then he stated on a national news program that the lacrosse team has a “rowdy” reputation on campus – obviously playing up to sexist stereotyping of jocks to further play his case for the media. As Nifong continues to publicly massacre the characters out his case for public consumption, he claims that the team is “stonewalling the investigation” because they claim not to have any knowledge of what transpired, but is Nifong now believing the men to be telling the truth as he recently changed his tune stating that even if the DNA evidence clears these boys that he’ll have other evidence.

Opportunistic political groups have descended on Duke’s campus using unscrupulous methods to get media attention at the expense of innocent young men who happen to be on the lacrosse team. Young men who were too recently, only boys not yet ready to handle this ugly side of the world. In today’s climate, we need the rape shield laws extended to protect all the innocent, including those who just happen to get in the way of media hungry district attorneys and opportunistic political groups.

Anonymous said...

My little brother goes to Duke, and District Attorney Mike Nifong’s should be held accountable for the irresponsible actions he’s taken in this rape investigation.

The boys are being tried in the national media before there is any charge or any specific defendant in this case. Nifong stated that someone else could have assaulted the 27 year old stripper, yet he publicly damned the men’s lacrosse team and only the men’s lacrosse team as gang rapist, and still not knowing whether or not the three men sought were on the team, Nifong claims the team is stonewalling to protect its own.

In response, daily protest are held with hate comments made directly to the lacrosse teammates, pictures of the teammates with rape slogans are plastered all over Duke’s campus, and now gang members are driving by the east campus threatening students.

Nifong’s circus-like antics to perform for the national media has put the whole campus in danger.

Sophia Martens

Anonymous said...

Every college man should take notice of what’s happening at Duke University because it could easily happen to us!

Forty seven members of the lacrosse team know how it feels to be accused and publicly chastised just for being part of a team. The members of the lacrosse team renting the house voluntarily submitted DNA during the initial police investigation, some of the players weren’t even at the party, the party was throughout the entire house and yard, and only three are suspected in the assault occurring inside a bathroom, so it’s very possible that the team is telling the truth that they have no knowledge of the incident, yet the D.A. claims the team is “stonewalling” when it’s more than likely that they really don’t know.

Rape is a horrible crime against a person, usually a woman, but false accusations of rape is an equally horrible crime against a man (in this case – 46 men). Both can potentially destroy a person and test the endurance of anyone's character. The problem is while the "accusers" identity is protected, the "accused" identity is fodder for the press. While the "accuser" receives immediate empathy and medical attention, counseling, "activism", and free legal advice, the "accused" gets to cash in his scholarship in exchange for legal fees.

We live in a society that immediately assumes anyone accused of rape as guilty, even if he's later found innocent. After such an incident, his reputation may never recover. Laws written in states throughout the nation refer to the "accuser" as "the victim" and the "accused" as simply the "accused." This presumed guilt is carried out in the media where the accused reputation is publicly destroyed.

I believe that all 47 members of the lacrosse team will be found innocent via DNA testing, but during “Sexual Assault Prevention Week” we’re going to be subjected to a lot of “unbalanced” rape education, so I would like to balance the education with some facts, for I believe that even with the DNA testing exonerating the team, some people and groups will continue to target the team without any attempt, if possible, to apologize or restitution.

• According to the FBI, one of every 12 claims of rape filed in the United States are later deemed "unfounded," meaning the case was closed because the alleged victim recanted or because investigators found no evidence of a crime.
• In Maryland, Howard County Police classified one out of every four rape allegations as unfounded in 1990-91.
• Citing a recent USA Today article, discussing the miracle of DNA and FBI studies of sexual assault suspects, DNA testing exonerated about 30-35 percent of the more than 4,000 sexual assault suspects on whom the FBI had conducted DNA testing over the past three years.
• According to Purdue sociologist Eugene J. Kanin, in over 40 percent of the cases reviewed, the complainants eventually admitted that no rape had occurred (Archives of Sexual Behavior, Vol. 23, No. 1, 1994).
• In 1985, the Air Force conducted a study of 556 rape accusations. Over 25 percent of the accusers admitted, either just before they took a lie detector test or after they had failed it, that no rape occurred.
• In 1996, the Department of Justice reported that of the roughly 10,000 sexual assault cases analyzed with DNA evidence over the previous seven years, 2,000 excluded the primary suspect, and another 2,000 were inconclusive.
• Linda Fairstein, who heads the New York County District Attorney's Sex Crimes Unit and is the author of Sexual Violence: Our War Against Rape, says, "there are about 4,000 reports of rape each year in Manhattan. Of these, about 50 percent simply did not happen."
• Craig Silverman, a former Colorado prosecutor known for his zealous prosecution of rapists during his 16-year career, says that false rape accusations occur with "scary frequency." Silverman noted that "any honest veteran sex assault investigator will tell you that rape is one of the most falsely reported crimes." According to Silverman, a Denver sex-assault unit commander estimates that nearly 50 percent of all reported rape claims are false.

I applaud Duke University for not joining the reckless mob blindly attacking members of the lacrosse team, and for showing concern for the student athletes caught in the middle of this media storm but holding . As for every man on campus, be very aware that this could have easily happen to you, and while there is widespread empathy for the alleged victim, there is little if any concern for how these reckless accusations and blind attacks harm every man on campus.

Anonymous said...

It’s only going to get worse

Regarding 3/31/06’s “Captains’ Lawyer Speak Out” Finally someone speaks for the innocent men caught up in this media storm. It’s outrageous that some people feel entitled with empowerment to condemn, slander, and harass an entire group of men for the alleged actions of a very few. People are wondering why no one from the lacrosse team is coming forward with information regarding the alleged assault of a drunk stripper. Ignoring the fact that the alleged assault happened inside an enclosed bathroom, and most members of the team were not even present, it’s very possible that no one, except those involved, has any knowledge of the incident.

In today’s climate where male-bashing is widely accepted and women are empowered with the privileges of “victim-hood” to slander and harass, all decent men and women should take notice.

District Attorney Mike Nifong threatens to charge teammates who didn’t commit or observe the alleged assault with aiding and abetting because they don’t possess the information he needs. This suggests that this case isn’t as strong as he publicly campaigns, which means it’s only going to get messier as school officials and lacrosse teammates remain the only ones who continue to behave responsibly in letting the legal process unfold. Meanwhile District Attorney Mike Nifong plays his case before the public media even before any charges are filed, so when these young men are found to be innocent, they would still be thought to be guilty under some myth of “white male entitlement”.

Not meaning to minimize indignities suffered by any alleged victim, the corralling of 46 members of the lacrosse team was equally indignant and a testament to lazy police work. Only three men are suspected, and most members weren’t even present, but despicable people inside and outside of the police department indiscriminately accuse all 47 members as being rapists just for being on a sports team.

Being accused of a sex offense stains a man’s reputation indefinitely and the tactics used by the police and DA to squeeze information out of over forty young men, who most likely possess no knowledge of the incident, has left these men condemned to be slandered and harassed throughout campus because “special interest groups,” exploiting recent events to promote their agenda on gender issues, race, and socio-economic status, blindly attack anyone while doing nothing to protect the innocent. To these groups, all members of the lacrosse team are guilty, not because they’re members of the team, but because they’re mostly white men.

Everyone witnessing the reckless massacre of these young men’s reputations based solely on one accusation at the encouragement of “special interest groups”, who thrive in this environment and the mass media wanting to further fuel interest in the story, should change their perspective for a little while. What if you were on a sports team, and just by being a member of the team, you were subjected to the same character assassination, slander, harassment, and humiliation by these “special interest groups” who care nothing of innocence or guilt, and only use the anguish of the victim to promote their political agendas.

Christopher King said...

Trust me, I certainly understand the value of not rushing to judge someone's criminality.

My larger point, and I hope it is clear, is that the NAACP needs to investigate the matter based on what the neighbor said alone:

"Racial epithets" were heard.

That's enough for me right there.

We'll see how it shakes out.

Anonymous said...

I KNEW THIS SITUATION WOULD GET UGLY I HOP ETHE GUY THAT DID IT ARE NOT ON THE TEAMAND NOT EVEN STUDENTS.BUT SOMEONE NUST PAY FOR THIS COWARDLY AND HORRIBLE ACT.I HEAR THAT GANG MEMBERS ARE RIDING AROUND THREATENIG DUKE STUDENT THE GUYS WHO RAPED GIRL SHOULD COME FORWARD BEFORE SOMEONE IS HURT OR WORSE.THERE IS A LARGE BLACK POPULATION IN DURHAM.IF THIS SITUATIO IS NOT COOOLE DEXPECT RETALITROY VIOLENCE TO HAPPEN THERE.ITS SAD BUT IT WILL HAPPEN.IT COULD BE ANOTHER LA RIOT SORT OF THING.

Christopher King said...

Wow. That does sound ugly. One of my best friends, Devon Sawyer (who lost his job at "Amerikkkan Tauer") because he stood up for himself and later, me, is from the 919. He's mentioned racial issues but never anything like this, that's for sure.

I bought a car down there a while back; had a great time. Used to live just over the border in VA; had a great time.

The NAACP could use someone like me in this situation -- with my proven history of working with diverse sets of people, rich, poor, black, white, etc. -- but instead they're busy trying to silence me because I speak the Truth too much, too often, and too loudly.

What a shame.

Anonymous said...

Lets see........ if this was a situation where a team of black athletes were accused of raping and sodemizing a white woman who so happened to be a navy veteran, a mother of two, and a college student would you guys be on a blog implying that they were innocent until proven guilty, and that the media is slandering their good names?? I don't think you would. What about the young lady who was involved, the media is slandering her also. 70% of rape convictions don't involve DNA, has anyone thought of the fact that the brusises she has are related to sexual assault. Couldn't she have been drugged with a drink when she got there making here seem to be passed out drunk, when the police arrived. I mean come on, sounds like a rape case to me. But like I said previously would anyone care about the unfair character assasination of these student athletes if they were black??

Christopher King said...

Exactly. Them nigguh' would have been strung up high already. Also, regarding the alleged victim, I didn't even know that she was a navy veteran, such is the way of the media.