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Duke's Tenured Vigilantes (DukeLax)
The Weekly Standard ^ | Jan 20, 2007 | Charlotte Allen

Posted on 01/20/2007 2:52:54 AM PST by abb

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2 posted on 01/20/2007 2:54:08 AM PST by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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Tom Ehrich
Duke scandal is a lens into troubling flaws of our society
January 20, 2007

DURHAM, N.C. -- Now that our local district attorney has asked a state prosecutor to take over assault charges against three Duke University lacrosse players, it seems an even chance that the case will simply go away.
Many want exactly that. The alleged victim would lose her day in court. The alleged assailants would carry into adulthood and every job interview unanswered questions about their actions and character.
No one would have to listen to detailed accounts of an attack, lacrosse team parties, racist slurs, assaults on women or arrogant attitudes among the privileged. No witnesses would describe a university's hard- partying culture.
Better, they seem to think, to let unanswered questions haunt accuser, accused, the university and the community than to hear unflattering testimony about life as it is.
Certainly, if criminal charges are unfounded, they should be dropped. But it would be a tragic outcome to an important series of events if the whole matter vanished as well. For the "Duke lacrosse rape scandal" has never been just about rape, lacrosse or even Duke.
The firestorm that erupted last March revealed deep fissures in our city, disturbing questions about our largest employer and far-reaching questions about our society: out-of-control drinking, attitudes of entitlement, helicopter parenting, racist attitudes among tomorrow's leaders, boorish behavior toward women and market-minded leaders who seemed reluctant to probe for deeper meanings.


3 posted on 01/20/2007 2:54:39 AM PST by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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Published: Jan 20, 2007 12:30 AM
Modified: Jan 20, 2007 03:44 AM

Duke campus conversation centers on race relations
Stanley B. Chambers Jr., Staff Writer

Many students at Duke University say race relations on campus are usually shaped by three issues: skin color, birthplace and personal experience.
That prompts many students to associate almost exclusively with their own race, which, in some measure, helped fuel the perception of racial division that came to light with the lacrosse team incident last year.

Although the moderator of a recent discussion on race relations at Duke said the forum wasn't influenced by the case, the incident has sparked similar discussions across the country.

The event, "Race Relations at Duke: Student Leaders Speak Out," drew a standing-room-only crowd. The gathering was part of Duke's "Freedom School," a series of sessions associated with the school's Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration. Participants spoke about personal experiences of perceived racism on campus.


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Saturday, January 20, 2007
When a lawyer needs a lawyer
Partners make career of representing colleagues charged with misconduct

By Titan Barksdale

For lawyers who have been formally charged with professional misconduct, chances are the names David Freedman and Dudley Witt sound familiar.

During their 18 years as partners in Winston-Salem, Freedman and Witt have defended lawyers, public officials, teachers and law-enforcement officers. Their most recent clients that have drawn state and national attention are Mike Nifong, the district attorney for Durham County, and Mike Decker, a former state representative.

Freedman also represents Zack Bynum, a former lawyer in Forsyth County who faces charges of embezzling millions of dollars, and has represented Gary Thomas, the former Forsyth County clerk of court who pleaded guilty to embezzlement. And Freedman won acquittal for state Rep. Larry Womble, who was charged with extortion while he was an alderman.

About 15 years ago, the two Winston-Salem lawyers started defending other lawyers against charges of misconduct before the N.C. State Bar. That work paved the way for them to become the go-to guys for lawyers in trouble across the state, they said.

"When you represent attorneys who are peers or older than you, there's a certain deference you pay because they are older than you and people who you've learned from," Freedman said.


5 posted on 01/20/2007 2:55:33 AM PST by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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From the Baltimore Sun

Players' parents turn anger at Duke
Lacrosse team supporters say university misled them, abandoned team members

By Jeff Barker
Sun reporter

January 20, 2007

For months, Duke lacrosse families have directed their anger largely at the prosecutor who brought what they consider a baseless sexual assault case against three players.

But District Attorney Michael B. Nifong, who recused himself from the case last week, isn't the only object of their rage. Parents of team members say the university abandoned the 46 players, buckling under pressure by faculty and demonstrators to take action against the team when an African-American stripper's rape allegation surfaced last March.

In a series of interviews, parents and lacrosse team supporters say Duke officials misled them about the university's position, privately assuring them that they believed players' claims of innocence but undercutting the team publicly by making critical comments and forfeiting games. The school's handling of the case has also alienated some alumni.

"Let's face it, a college community is a diverse environment, and there was sensitivity to the notion of white, privileged athletes beating up on a black woman. But in the consideration of an absolutely false notion, three Duke students and their families got lost," said Duke parent Sally Fogarty of Chevy Chase.

She is the mother of Gibbs Fogarty, a sophomore Duke lacrosse player who is not among the players charged.

Prosecutors dropped rape charges against the three accused players last month, although other charges remain.

Duke says it honored the players' presumption of innocence but had to let the legal system run its course. It would not have helped the players if Duke had tried to improperly influence the outcome of such a high-profile court case by becoming a legal advocate, said John Burness, a Duke senior vice president.


6 posted on 01/20/2007 2:56:07 AM PST by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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DA had to exit from botched Duke rape case


Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong has handled sexual assault charges against three Duke University lacrosse players in a strange fashion that’s taken more than a few twists and turns.

On Friday [last week], Nifong took his last turn and pulled off the road. He asked the state Attorney General’s Office to name a special prosecutor, in effect recusing himself from the case. At this point, it was his only alternative.

Early on, after the charges came forth related to the alleged attack at an off-campus party on March 13 of last year, the prosecutor assured people he was confident that an assault had occurred. Despite a lack of DNA evidence linking the victim and those she identified as her attackers, Nifong pressed on. Then it turned out that police had not followed customary procedures with regard to lineup identification. …

Last month, the N.C. State Bar filed ethics charges against Nifong, charges that could lead to his disbarment. And much criticism has been aimed at him for pursuing a case that seemed so weak.

Asking to be removed from the case was the proper course. Now it should fall to another prosecutor to decide whether to pursue the case or end it.

7 posted on 01/20/2007 2:56:33 AM PST by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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Letter: Published: Jan 20, 2007 12:30 AM
Modified: Jan 20, 2007 02:40 AM

She should talk

Regarding Ruth Sheehan's Jan. 15 column "Nifong made call too late":
How can Sheehan criticize Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong for his actions, when just last month she was attacking Cary Academy officials for not speaking to the media until all the facts were known [about a teacher's case] -- while she was the one speaking out too quickly? Maybe Sheehan should take a hint from Nifong and step aside.

Bill Wagner


Letter: Published: Jan 20, 2007 12:30 AM
Modified: Jan 20, 2007 02:40 AM

Degrading culture

District Attorney Mike Nifong's sensationalizing of the Duke lacrosse case is reprehensible. If the rape charges were false, it is unforgivable. However, dropping the rape charges does not acquit us from seriously considering the values we teach our children.
There should be little doubt from the underage binge drinking, racial taunts, hired strippers, e-mailed violent sexual fantasies and past criminal offenses that some lacrosse team members would be no one's first choice to date their daughter. But to what extent are these incidents also reflective of our own culture's flaws?

We are bombarded every day by violent and sexual images in the media, many of which are degrading to women. To what extent have we become desensitized? To what degree do we dismiss truly alarming behavior and attitudes as simply youthful indiscretion?

The facts of the Duke lacrosse case -- regardless of guilt or innocence -- will disappear all too quickly from the media. Already the accused are being portrayed as upstanding, wrongfully accused nice guys who have always tried to do the right thing. I hope we do not so easily dismiss the past and its warnings.

Leigh-Anne Krometis

Chapel Hill

Letter: Published: Jan 20, 2007 12:30 AM
Modified: Jan 20, 2007 02:40 AM


Cathy N. Davidson's Jan. 5 opinion piece shows how removed she is from the facts of this issue. The statement she signed with the other 87 at Duke is very clear.
I have a much different definition of "social disaster" than Davidson. The real social disaster here is to heighten race at the expense of reason. District Attorney Mike Nifong could not have found better friends than the Duke 88, who fed the irrational response based on one woman's unproven claims.

Who look the fools now? The backpeddling and damage control has begun, and this opinion piece is just one recent example. Instead of dealing with the facts of the false rape claim, Davidson continues to pound a racial agenda to cover for the ignorance of decisions made earlier.

The more of this mind-set that is exposed, the more potential students who will decide to find a less agenda-driven group of professors at another university.

Nancy McCaffrey


Letter: Published: Jan 20, 2007 12:30 AM
Modified: Jan 20, 2007 02:40 AM

Poisoned comments

Regarding the Jan. 12 article "Venom has aftereffects for Duke":
Of all the insults hurled throughout the Duke lacrosse scandal, Tricia Dowd's vitriolic attack on Karla Holloway was among the most revealing. Lacrosse parent Dowd charged Duke professor Holloway with being a selfish, failed mother of her mentally ill son. [The article also quoted Dowd as saying she regrets her comments about Holloway.]

Apparently Dowd defined successful parents as ones whose sons urinate on neighbors' lawns, hire strippers for entertainment and shout racial epithets at minorities. Holloway and her husband, on the other hand, adopted a 4-year-old abused boy with a history of mental illness and gave him a second chance at life.

Choose your definition of success.

Marjorie George



Published: Jan 20, 2007 12:30 AM
Modified: Jan 20, 2007 02:40 AM

Out of control

Regarding a Jan. 14 People's Forum letter-writer who said the decrease in applications at Duke University may be because mothers are afraid to have their sons suffer the same fate as the accused lacrosse players:
Some of us are afraid to send our daughters to a university that lets student athletes run amok by hiring strippers and allowing underage drinking.

Donna M. Stewart


Letter: Published: Jan 20, 2007 12:30 AM
Modified: Jan 20, 2007 02:40 AM

Siding with the defense

I am disturbed by the way The N&O, unwittingly or not, has presented lacrosse-case defense team accounts of District Attorney Mike Nifong's conduct as if these were fact. The latest example was your Jan. 15 front-page story headlined "Nifong conduct rebuked early." The headline appears to suggest that there were concerns early on about Nifong's conduct, and the term "rebuke" suggests an official concern, perhaps by the Bar Association.
However, it turns out the rebuke was actually a defense representation of Nifong's conduct. Anyone following this case is aware that from the start a key defense strategy has been to draw questions about Nifong's early remarks on the case, characterizing these as exceptional and unprofessional. What was missing was any outside substantiation of defense attorney Joe Cheshire's account of professional standards and norms. As it stands, you act as a conduit for the defense team's narrative and argument.

David Need


Letter: Published: Jan 20, 2007 12:30 AM
Modified: Jan 20, 2007 02:40 AM

Naming the accused

Under no circumstance is there justification for a woman to be raped. But there is a flaw in the policies that protect the accuser's identity.
Until such time as the accused has been tried and convicted, that person should have the same protection -- keeping his name from publication.

The Duke lacrosse players' names and pictures have constantly appeared in the national press. How can they ever be compensated for defamation of character if they are innocent, as it certainly appears?

It is way past time for equal justice under the law to be practiced in all circumstances.

Dolores Collins


Letter: Published: Jan 20, 2007 12:30 AM
Modified: Jan 20, 2007 02:40 AM

Unequal justice

I find People's Forum letters about the lacrosse case very disturbing. The enraged outcry about judicial misconduct in this case was noticeably absent in the case of Alan Gell, who faced the death penalty as a result of prosecutorial skullduggery. Gell was poor, unconnected, without a prestigious legal team. What strikes me about the lacrosse case is how so many are so outraged about three privileged young men experiencing unfairness, and the level of vitriol and hatred directed to those who suggest this case is about more than legal culpability.
I notice that these young men (and their parents) insist on innocence without appearing to take responsibility for team members' behavior at the party on the night in question. Forget the team's culture of longstanding, irresponsible and unaccountable behavior. Forget the elitist, racist, sexist behavior on campus exposed by this case. Forget the larger context of violence against women.

Instead, decry with wrath and resentment any threat to assumed privilege while remaining silent about insidious injustice that happens to nameless people every day. My hope is that we might instead hold equivalent compassion and concern for everyone in this community.

Tema Okun


Letter: Published: Jan 20, 2007 12:30 AM
Modified: Jan 20, 2007 02:40 AM

Faculty trouble

Regarding the Jan. 17 article "Duke post seeks to defuse '88' ad":
How much longer must the public endure the train wreck in Durham? Sadly, this travesty has been made even worse by the Group of 88 professors at Duke whose selfish antics only serve to create a constant atmosphere of discord, with whipped-up archaic fantasies of mass victimhood.

The only victims here are the three innocent Duke athletes, Duke alumni, and Duke parents who fund the often six-figure salaries allowed for these troublemakers to teach courses whose subject matter would make anyone interested in serious scholarship laugh out loud.

In the meantime, Duke might consider a new course of study. One that teaches the meaning of due process, the destructiveness of mob rule and the art of giving real victims an apology.

Duke President Richard Brodhead and his administration should work decisively to rein in this madness in order to avoid having to write some very large checks.

Debrah Correll
Chapel Hill

8 posted on 01/20/2007 2:59:53 AM PST by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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LAX coverage unfair

What hypocrisy! Nowhere in your Jan. 11 editorial do you admit culpability for the rift between town and gown, black and white, rich and poor, private and public education.

You, along with Duke's administration, were the very first to join with District Attorney Mike Nifong in his vainglorious pursuit of a higher profile by leading a figurative lynching party against three lacrosse players. When this is all over, if there is any justice, Nifong will be disbarred, disgraced and both unemployed and unemployable.

Duke's administrators will probably reach a settlement with the families of the accused and should, but probably won't, lose their jobs. The paper will remain whole, and that will be a grave injustice.

Perhaps the next time, the paper will at least pretend to be objective and report events as they unfold, rather than play apologist for some incompetent bureaucrat simply because he shares your leftist philosophy.

David Highlands
St. Petersburg, Fla.
January 20, 2007

More media exploitation

There was yet more media exploitation of Durham's lacrosse tragedy Tuesday night. Paula Zahn of CNN swooped into town for another round of hit-and-run "television journalism." Zahn hosted a televised forum on race.

Those of us who work and live in Durham know this wonderful city and its wonderful people -- who come in all colors, shapes and sizes. Out-of-town media shills like Zahn know and care nothing about Durham, its history or its people. They've proven it innumerable times in the last months. Their only interest in Durham is to play on this city's tragedy to whip up their ratings and their paychecks.

It would have been great if Paula Zahn gave her "forum" and nobody showed up.

John Madden
January 20, 2007

Nifong's fumble

I am appalled at District Attorney Mike Nifong's handling of the Duke lacrosse case. It seems Nifong has been trying to make a name for himself at these young men's expense. The whole dirty episode has backfired on him and now he wants to turn the heat over to someone else.

After all that has come out in the news, it seems to me the girl should be put on the hot seat. No, actually, Nifong should drop the case and let all concerned get on with their lives. It's about time our prosecutors start trying to get to the bottom of cases and quit trying to make a name for themselves.

Well, this one has made a name for himself, but you can't print it in a family newspaper.

A.D. George
Hot Springs, Ark.
January 20, 2007

Tired of LAX case

The first thing Roy Cooper, North Carolina's attorney general, does after receiving Mike Nifong's request to take on the Duke rape case is to go on CNN and hold a press conference. All he had to do was issue a one sentence press release but it seems that politicians cannot resist the opportunity to grab their one minute of fame.

Sadly, this is all at the expense of the three young men who are accused. I hope this fiasco ends soon.

John Garand
January 20, 2007

No excuse for Nifong

Three years ago, I had the opportunity to travel to the Durham/Chapel Hill area a couple of times to visit a friend who was doing her residency at Duke. I found the area to be a great place to dine, shop and visit historic sites. After the Jan. 14 story on "60 Minutes", I was appalled at the way the Duke boys in the rape case have been treated by law enforcement in Durham.

I hope District Attorney Mike Nifong gets his day in court. There is no excuse for this kind of behavior.

Denis Crivello
Alton, Ill.
January 20, 2007

Not visiting Durham

As a Tennessee transplant in Ohio and a Democrat to boot, I am totally embarrassed by the prosecutor in the Duke rape case. Durham and Duke University are the laughing stock of America and the southern justice system. Anyone who would send their child to your county to attend Duke would have to be crazy!

Anyone guilty of the things the Duke students are accused of should be made an example of, but to not even investigate the charges or the credibility of the alleged victim and drag it out for 10 months is criminal.

Who is going to pay the legal bills for the accused? Who is going to wipe this rape charge from the memory of all the people these accused Duke students come in contact with for the rest of their lives?

It certainly appears District Attorney Mike Nifong was playing politics at the expense of three boys who only wish to obtain a degree from Duke.

The people of North Carolina should be embarrassed and most especially the citizens that elected Nifong. The university should be ashamed for their actions as well.

The common, decent people of Durham should be protesting and marching in front of the prosecutor's office demanding the state take action against him. How many other cases has Nifong railroaded?

Not only will my children not be attending Duke, I certainly won't be visiting your county anytime soon.

Monte Scott
Centerville, Ohio
January 20, 2007

9 posted on 01/20/2007 3:00:41 AM PST by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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"Duke President Richard Brodhead and his administration should work decisively to rein in this madness in order to avoid having to write some very large checks."

Duke has that coming.

10 posted on 01/20/2007 3:07:12 AM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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Superb summation.

11 posted on 01/20/2007 3:18:53 AM PST by commonguymd
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"It would not have helped the players if Duke had tried to improperly influence the outcome of such a high-profile court case by becoming a legal advocate, said John Burness, a Duke senior vice president."

This "Senior Vice President of Duke" doesn't demonstrate the logic or credibility necessary to run a push cart taco stand - and he's running a University!

So - Duke didn't want to "improperly influence the outcome of the high profile case, instead Duke led the charge to ignore the presumption of innocence and vocally convict and punish the players on the word of a bastard breeding skank....

Why do I doubt Duke and its feckless faculty would have acted differently if it had been black basketball players charged with raping a white cheer leader.

If this is the quality of intellect running our "premier" Universities -- we're in a lot of trouble...

I hope the boy's families end up owning Duke and everything of value within the North Carolina border.

Semper Fi

12 posted on 01/20/2007 4:17:24 AM PST by river rat (You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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13 posted on 01/20/2007 4:28:26 AM PST by Republican Babe (God bless America.)
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I suppose that no one has ever told Tema Okun that the attorneys who secured Alan Gell's new trial and his eventual acquittal were Joe Cheshire and James Cooney -- now currently representing Dave Evans and Reade Seligmann respectively.

14 posted on 01/20/2007 4:43:33 AM PST by writmeister
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Kudos to Charlotte Allen: a well researched, sourced, synoptic article of what has taken place. Thank for you for posting this, abb.

The PC Elite essentially have their panties down around their ankles, by their own hands, and are screaming that a rape is about to occur. Wishful thinking? Their ideology and pedogogy suggests this is exactly what they wish to happen to themselves or that it will happen, or that they hope it will happen. Only then, as their arguments show, only then can they prove that America is out to rape them.

I'd suggest psychotherapy for these people; but psychotherapy has become just as mentally unhinged alongside the PC Elite. It'd merely be a lovefest, and with no constructive purpose.

The liberals around SF Bay Area now have "peace" colleges specifically designed for those who are fixed and adoring of "domestic terrorists". Perhaps the PC Elite, in this case, should apply to teach at those colleges.

And John Kerry could schedule regular "speaking visits" at easily $40K a pop. ;>

15 posted on 01/20/2007 6:07:44 AM PST by Alia
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lol. Tom Ehrich writes as a Cling-On.

What the case has revealed? In re public trust, the public is NOT getting a good return from the PC Elite at Duke, in Durham, and the National and local press.

16 posted on 01/20/2007 6:09:31 AM PST by Alia
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Through these letters, one can openly observe those who've been academically lobotomized into PC pedogogy, and then those who still retain common sense as a guide.

The lobotomized ones have no idea how much their letters are of the "feed me, seymour" logo.

lol. As in "me, too. I'm a famous lefty, too! Pay attention to me, I'm a star!"

Oh, lol, bless 'em. Truly. Someone's gotta!

17 posted on 01/20/2007 6:14:21 AM PST by Alia
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I hope you write a book about this someday. I want an autographed copy!

18 posted on 01/20/2007 6:23:34 AM PST by JimFreedom (Pragmatic Common Sense Conservative - Too)
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Dear Monte Scott:

I, for one, am not embarassed by the idiocy of those who fabricated, fueled, and abetted this hoax. People like this exist throughout the U.S. They hate America. They hate themselves. They hate themselves so much, all they can do is project their self-loathing onto others. Some make a very good income at doing this.

I find it profoundly good that all Americans can see what "self-haters" will do to innocents-but-in-the-name-of-ideology/belief/religion if ever empowered anywhere.

People like these are simply, domestic terrorists out to rape the Constitution and the lives of innocents in the name of their cult religion commonly referred to as the alter of Multi-culturalism and Diversity and because the hate first exists in their own hearts, they then look to devour others.

The Church of Multi-Culturalism & Diversity makes a very good income, lots of fundraising and speakership opportunities. It's become a very profitable industry which shams as a "civil right".

Even the adherents and faithful to the Cult of Hate can be useful props, like suicide bombers, for their Faith in the Cult. They like to think of themselves as "heroes".

The enemy I can see with my eyes is always better than the enemy I haven't yet identified.

Am I embarassed? No. I don't buy into the "mind-meld" script of Political Correctness. Ergo, how can I feel embarassed. Their shame belongs solely to them, and to their adherents. And they wear this shame as proud bearers of IEDs strapped to their chests.

How can you feel embarassed by people who hold life and freedom in such low regard?

Feeling embarassed is not the answer.

Removing these poor souls from positions of power is a start. Exposing their madness helps to deprogram those who've been lightly socially infected.

Ultimately, holding their feet to the fire and light of day is what does them in. Those whose brains and hearts have been corrupted, so thoroughly, may be able to derive benefits from deprogramming, but they are addicted to a false "power rush". So, the solution there is to keep them from their drug of choice: power.

This happens at the voting box, in private councils electing Deans and Presidents of colleges and in faculty appointments.

We must each do our part to help these poor addicts. After a time of walking a genuine life free from their addiction, it is possible that other parts of their brains and hearts might be workable. As it once was, when they were young, young children and before they became mentally infected, and that which then spread to an infection of heart, and action.

Sincerely yours,


19 posted on 01/20/2007 6:33:35 AM PST by Alia
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Karla Holloway resigned her position as chairman of the Campus Culture Initiative's race committee to protest the re-admission of the two players.

The cream of the crop. The facilitator/author/mother of a murdering rapist who has published a book in memory of said rapist murderer. Even after her son had murdered, raped and disemboweled his victims, she went to work on the book describing how black folks memorialize their dead and how blacks are/were victimized in death as they are in life by white people.

To my knowledge, none of her son's victims were black. What a slap in the face to the families of those killed by the son of this racist wench. Incidentally, her "professorship" at Duke is funded from the trust of the son of a decorated civil war veteran. Gray side.

20 posted on 01/20/2007 6:59:32 AM PST by RGSpincich
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