Thomas Sowell puts Duke rape case in historical context

And no one could have said it better:

The worst thing said in the case involving rape charges against Duke University students was not said by either the prosecutor or the defense attorneys, or even by any of the accusers or the accused. It was said by a student at North Carolina Central University, a black institution attended by the stripper who made rape charges against Duke lacrosse players.

According to Newsweek, the young man at NCCU said that he wanted to see the Duke students prosecuted, “whether it happened or not. It would be justice for things that happened in the past.”

This is the ugly attitude that is casting a cloud over this whole case. More important, this collective guilt and collective revenge attitude has for years been poisoning race relations in this country.


At one time, the black civil rights leadership aimed at putting an end to racism, and especially to the perversion of the law to convict people because of their race, regardless of guilt or innocence.

Today, this young man at NCCU represents the culmination of a new racist trend promoted by current black “leaders” to make group entitlements paramount, including seeking group revenge rather than individual justice in courts of law.

Read the whole thing.

I think there’s also an element of ‘white guilt’ in all this as well in terms of Nifong continuing to pursue the investigation. I wonder if he’d have done it had the victim been white and the alleged rapists been black with all indications (via evidence and statements from multiple people that night) pointing to the possibility that no crime didn’t happened?

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