Revs arrive, truth dies
Posted: April 21, 2006
By Craig R. Smith
© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com
Over the last month the story of the Duke Lacrosse team
has been front and center on the radar screen of every news
outlet in America. While I hesitate to predict the outcome
of any event that may have such a profound effect on the
persons involved, this one is a no-brainer.
I wouldn't have been so sure at first, but now it is
clear. The arrival of the Reverends Jackson and Sharpton
changes the dynamic dramatically. Rev. Jackson is even so
sure that the alleged rape victim is telling the truth he is
providing her with a scholarship for her college education.
All of a sudden the issue is not a rape victim and those
that may be guilty of such a horrific crime; rather, it is
about "white rich boys" attacking a "poor black girl." Why?
This is about a number of college students who allegedly
made some very bad decisions. Why is race even an issue? I
suppose the answer lies in the need for media hungry folks
like Sharpton and Jackson to get camera time. They seem to
jump at every opportunity to play the race card.
I wonder if they would have been so quick to enter this
debate if the Duke basketball team were accused of this type
of crime. Where are they when inner city youth -- black,
white or Hispanic -- are killing each other? These guys make
me sick and should have the same effect on any American that
is tired of hearing the same old dribble from them.
Watching Bill O'Reilly interview Rev. Al Tuesday night
made me want to jump into the picture and ask the reverend
if this case is similar to the Tawana Brawley case. You
remember the poor black girl who was attacked by a group of
white boys. Rev. Al was all over the TV talking about how
the racist boys smeared racial epitaphs all over her body
after they attacked her.
Rev. Al wanted "justice." He wanted arrests. He wanted
convictions and jail sentences and wanted them now! Sound
familiar? The same language he is using in the Duke case.
Only one problem: Tawana Brawley made it all up. She lied.
There was no attack, and if Al had gotten his way that
wouldn't have mattered much because he wanted, no demanded,
Mike Nifong, the prosecutor in this case, is either
really green on handling sexual assault cases or he is
desperate for publicity in his re-election bid for district
attorney. I suspect the latter, for any prosecutor will tell
you that you never make statements like Nifong has made this
early in a case.
He originally suggested that DNA would be conclusive. He
painted with a very broad brush how 46 players may be
involved and demanded DNA from all of them. If the alleged
victim could identify three suspects, why the need to have
46 DNA samples? I watched the pressure he was under to
indict someone. Guilty or not the mob wanted arrests. So
Nifong did not disappoint, and knowing that Jackson and
Sharpton were on the scene, it was time for "justice" to
It is sad to watch Nifong pander to the likes of Jackson,
Sharpton and the voting public in the Raleigh-Durham area. I
think Nifong will regret getting so far ahead of himself in
this case, and I guarantee he will live to regret any move
he has made to satisfy the Revs.
I know many will think that I'm very insensitive to this
whole issue. I'm not. I could care less the skin color or
occupation of the alleged victim or the skin color of the
partygoers. If this young lady was raped, then the rapist or
rapists should be put in jail for a long time. They should
be held fully accountable for their actions. Race should
There is a procedure for determining if they are guilty
or innocent. Until such time, the system says they are
innocent. It makes no difference what Jackson or Sharpton
think or say. If anything, they should be supporting the
whole ideal of innocent until proven guilty, especially
being "men of the cloth." Both urged the public to assume
O.J.'s innocence, so why not the accused in this case?
If it has to do with skin color one can only conclude
that racism is playing a part here, which is unacceptable.
The Revs claim they have dedicated their lives to fighting
and eliminating racism, but actions speak louder than words.
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