15 April 2007

Re: the Duke lacrosse team rape case dismissal. One of the accused had some remarkable things to say during the press conference: "This entire experience has opened my eyes up to a tragic world of injustice I never knew existed. If police officers and a district attorney can systematically railroad us with absolutely no evidence whatsoever, I can’t imagine what they’d do to people who do not have the resources to defend themselves. So rather than relying on disparaging stereotypes and creating political and racial conflicts, all of us need to take a step back from this case and learn from it." But this sort of thing has been happening for a long, long time in this land of ours. Just switch the races involved, and of course the outcome of the case, and the scenario becomes awfully familiar.