12 January 2007

Its not about the truth...

... its about the discussion!

That seems to be what English professor and former dean Karla Holloway is saying in this article. As it becomes increasingly clear that the accused Duke lacrosse players are innocent of the sexual assault charges leveled against them, Duke offered two of them reinstatement as students. Holloway decried this:

Former dean Karla Holloway calls the decision, quote, "a clear use of corporate power, and a breach, I think, of ethical citizenship."

Earlier this month, officials at Duke said Finnerty and Seligmann could return to school as students in good standing for the spring semester, which began this week. Evans graduated the day before he was indicted.

Holloway was one of 88 faculty members at Duke who endorsed an ad last April in the campus newspaper that included anonymous quotes from students discussing racism and sexual assault on Duke's campus. She is worried discussion of race and gender equality will end once the lacrosse case is settled.

"The issues about race and gender and sexuality that were made more apparent by the case need to continue to be receive serious and sustained attention by this institution," she said.

So it is apparently not a breach of ethical citizenship to pre-judge someone and kick them out of school as though they were guilty until proven innocent, but it is a breach of ethical citizenship to recognize that you have wrongly judged someone in a collapsing legal nightmare.

And the important thing is the discussion, even if those who are quoted discussing are allowed to remain anonymous, though three young men are having their huevos served up on a platter for the media, apparently wrongly, by a desperate prosecutor in a tough primary campaign.

And apparently the essential discussion of "t
he issues about race and gender and sexuality that were made more apparent by the case [and] need to continue to be receive serious and sustained attention" can only continue properly if we punish people because of their race, their gender, and their socio-econimic class, if those happen to be white, male & upper income.

Boy, what a discussion that'll be. I bet they will come to some real honest, relevant conclusions in that one.

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This criticism does not in any way negate the fact that these morons got into this difficulty through what can only be called immoral living. If these guys had decided to forego the stripper party, or if the coach had instilled a sense of real manhood amoung the team so that such a party would not have occurred, this would never had happened.

Let's hope these all these boys have learned their lessons.


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