Nifong apologizes.

But does it really matter? Racewire guest columnist Victor Goode breaks down what we actually learned.

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15 Comments

  1. kissmypineapple
    Posted August 1, 2007 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    Nifong did so much damage to the credibility of women, and women of color and sex workers specificially, with the way that he handled this case. It’s pretty disgusting, and a public apology doesn’t undo the damage.

  2. SouriezLaJoconde
    Posted August 1, 2007 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    I find it interesting that the professor would capitalize Black and Latino but not white. If we’re striving for equality, which I know we all are, why are we still messing around with this sort of stuff? Why should one be capitalized and not the other?

  3. Persephone
    Posted August 1, 2007 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    I agree entirely with this article. If these boys had been black and poor, they would have been treated much differently than they were. I have occasionally wondered if the Duke lacrosse players actually were guilty and they got off the hook for being white and rich. I’m probably wrong, but I have occasionally had my doubts about the outcome of this trial.

  4. noname
    Posted August 1, 2007 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    YogiDanielle – What trial?

  5. Frau Direktor
    Posted August 1, 2007 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    What boils my blood about this is that now, when a woman in that area is raped/assaulted, she’s going to be scared off of reporting it. Particularly black women. If she’s not going to get justice, and may even be sued, why would she want to compound her trauma?
    Now, all those same asshats who didn’t give this plaitiff credit will assume women are lying when they report rape/assault, or, worse still, will think they have carte blanche to attack women.
    This sets us back so much, I can’t even think about it or I’ll have an aneurysm. kissmypineapple is right. An apology just doesn’t cut it.

  6. noname
    Posted August 1, 2007 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    The article is right in that they were only able to defend themselves because they had the resources to hire a great team of lawyers. It is a disgusting fact of American justice that many prosecutors get away with this sort of misconduct because their victims do not have similar resources to uncover it or the attention of the media to force appropriate punishment for it.
    Of course, it was their status as privileged white males which made them targets for Nifong’s political gain and instant villains for the media, feminists, race-baiters, ect in the first place.
    Kissmypineapple – Nifong damaged the credibility of the justice system. If anyone damaged the credibility of the groups you mentioned, that would be the accuser, although I would hope people do not judge entire groups of people because of the actions of one emotionally disturbed woman. Hopefully reasonable people will remember that most (but not all) prosecutors are basically honest, and that most (but not all) accusers are telling the truth (to the best of their knowledge).

  7. SunlessNick
    Posted August 2, 2007 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    I keep seeing references to how the accused Duke players’ reputations have been destroyed by this – but as far as I can tell, most of their local community, and most of the media, have been behind them from the beginning – now they’re lionised from the rooftops. So where’s the destruction?

  8. Durga_is_my_homey
    Posted August 2, 2007 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    I hope by “destroyed reputations” they mean “people know they are classist, racist, misogynistic little brats due to their own behavior” because, umm, their reputations were not destroyed. They CERTAINLY went through Hell but that is not the same as saying their reputations were destroyed. Because they weren’t.

  9. noname
    Posted August 3, 2007 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    “they are classist, racist, misogynistic little brats due to their own behavior”
    How so?

  10. Tom
    Posted August 3, 2007 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    And once again, Professor KC Johnson destroys the argument:
    http://durhamwonderland.blogspot.com/2007/08/week-in-review_03.html
    I don’t understand why feminists and black activists would bring up this embarrassing episode again, as if they have to try to squeeze out political points from any situation, no matter how absurd the attempt.

  11. Tom
    Posted August 3, 2007 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    And once again, Professor KC Johnson destroys the argument:
    http://durhamwonderland.blogspot.com/2007/08/week-in-review_03.html
    I don’t understand why feminists and black activists would bring up this embarrassing episode again, as if they have to try to squeeze out political points from any situation, no matter how absurd the attempt.

  12. Durga_is_my_homey
    Posted August 5, 2007 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    “How so?”
    There is no reason to start drawing it in crayon for you now, noname.
    “And once again, Professor KC Johnson destroys the argument:”
    That is, if it were that Mike Nifong was the only person in the world that ever charges people with a crime. I suppose the writer framed his argument so narrowly for convenience. That this was done “on TV� doesn’t mean there was not a misuse of power by the powers that be (and comparatively what the Dukers experienced was a cake walk) in the other case. How disingenuous.
    “But, unlike the lacrosse case, the Jean case didn’t involve a prosecutor explicitly instructing the police to violate their own lineup procedures; nor a prosecutor making false and ethically improper public statements before any indictment was made.�
    Yeah because it didn’t even have to go that far.
    “I don’t understand why feminists and black activists would bring up this embarrassing episode again, as if they have to try to squeeze out political points from any situation, no matter how absurd the attempt.”
    Well it goes that no matter how long people like you can put your fingers in your ears and your head in the sand, going, “la, la, la, I’m not LIS-TEN-INNNNNG!â€? when “feminists and black activistsâ€? consistently demonstrate how women, the poor, and minority men are at a disadvantage in every arena, including the legal one, until it happens to some white athletes and suddenly it’s the real problem because they almost went to prison — erm, I mean almost went to trial — because of some White Man To the Rescue Operation. Because, hey, its only indentity Politics when its women, the poor, or monority men. When its straight white men, its a SERIOUS SOCIETAL PROBLEM even when it … isn’t. So yeah. Keep not understanding.

  13. Durga_is_my_homey
    Posted August 5, 2007 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    “How so?”
    There is no reason to start drawing it in crayon for you now, noname.
    “And once again, Professor KC Johnson destroys the argument:”
    That is, if it were that Mike Nifong was the only person in the world that ever charges people with a crime. I suppose the writer framed his argument so narrowly for convenience. That this was done “on TV� doesn’t mean there was not a misuse of power by the powers that be (and comparatively what the Dukers experienced was a cake walk) in the other case. How disingenuous.
    “But, unlike the lacrosse case, the Jean case didn’t involve a prosecutor explicitly instructing the police to violate their own lineup procedures; nor a prosecutor making false and ethically improper public statements before any indictment was made.�
    Yeah because it didn’t even have to go that far.
    “I don’t understand why feminists and black activists would bring up this embarrassing episode again, as if they have to try to squeeze out political points from any situation, no matter how absurd the attempt.”
    Well it goes that no matter how long people like you can put your fingers in your ears and your head in the sand, going, “la, la, la, I’m not LIS-TEN-INNNNNG!â€? when “feminists and black activistsâ€? consistently demonstrate how women, the poor, and minority men are at a disadvantage in every arena, including the legal one, until it happens to some white athletes and suddenly it’s the real problem because they almost went to prison — erm, I mean almost went to trial — because of some White Man To the Rescue Operation. Because, hey, its only indentity Politics when its women, the poor, or monority men. When its straight white men, its a SERIOUS SOCIETAL PROBLEM even when it … isn’t. So yeah. Keep not understanding.

  14. noname
    Posted August 6, 2007 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    So you don’t think you need to back up your accusations, Durga? I guess I should have figured as much.

  15. Durga_is_my_homey
    Posted August 7, 2007 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    “So you don’t think you need to back up your accusations, Durga?â€?
    It wasn’t an argument, it was a description based on behavior of which you’re well aware. But nice attempt to score points.
    “I guess I should have figured as much.�
    Also, your strategy of disingenuousness is wearing a bit thin.

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