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Need for Restraint at “Harvard of the South”

Recent allegations that white players from Duke’s lacrosse team sexually assaulted an exotic black dancer at a private party have ignited a furious set of reactions.
Feminist ranters and diversity zealots, trembling with rage and frothing with self-righteousness, can be expected to make aggressive demands on the Duke Administration and seize on the incident to revive a variety of behavior-modification schemes and sensitivity sessions amidst endless marches and demonstrations.
Let’s hope that President Richard Brodhead reminds his campus crusaders emphatically that the perpetrators are innocent until proven guilty.
If any lacrosse players are found guilty as charged then they must be punished accordingly.
Notorious campus blowhards like Prof. Houston Baker have emerged to pontificate and make racist claims about student-athletes. Baker closely resembles that other paragon of exquisite racist sensitivity and racist obsession, Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney of Georgia.
How long before Duke history professor John Hope Franklin totters to a microphone to piously opine that race relations in Durham, N.C. in 2006 are exactly the same as they were in south Alabama or northern Mississippi 75 years ago when the KKK was out in force?

Due process, preponderance of the evidence, punishment to suit the crime–Duke

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