Wednesday, June 20, 2007

A Fitting Punishment
Mike Rappaport

For the Group of 88 Duke faculty members who rushed to judgment against the Duke lacross players: having the Duke case persuasively compared to that of the Scottsboro boys.   By the excellent John Steele Gordon.

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Mike Rappaport


It is _sort of_ like the Scottsboro boys case, except the parts about being wrongly convicted and spending years in jail. Since those were pretty important parts I guess it's only superficially like it, though.

Posted by: Matt | Jun 20, 2007 3:38:51 PM

If a reader is unsatisfied that unjustly accused white men did not go to jail to atone for the Scottsboro boys, perhaps we could redirect some of our moral outrage and guilt toward Gerald Amirault, who spent 17 years in a Massachusetts prison for raping pre-schoolers on Mars with sharp objects. For years he refused release from prison through accepting prosecutorial demands for admission of guilt, the usual bad prosecutor cop-out of responsibility, and even his jailers knew to a certainty they kept an honest man.
But this persecution, a fashionable concoction of liberalism and feminism -- if only one of many-- stays under the radar so that we may continue to fashion ourselves a better self-conceit.
It is not being deceived, but undeceived, that renders us miserable.

Posted by: james wilson | Jun 21, 2007 8:00:59 AM

I hope Duke paid out big time. Big enough to be inspired to reign those gofs in a bit.

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