Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Duke, Rape and Justice
This week a third member of the Duke lacrosse team was indicted on rape charges from stemming from the black stripper party these guys had at their house. The young man who will not get his named typed on this blog, proceeded to hold a press conference screaming innocence at the top of his lungs. He actually said that all three of the accused were innocent. Here is the line where the justice system changes for black people. We all know that if this was three brothers from North Carolina A&T that allegedly raped a white dancer from Duke, they would be on TV everyday in orange jumpsuits, shackled and no haircuts. The media would find every bad story about them and their dads and uncles and great grandfathers to the point that the majority of Americans would want them tarred and feathered. There also wouldn’t be all the stories about her past like there is in this case either. I listen to talk radio at my desk during the day and all I heard was how hard it’s going to be to convict these guys because of how they carry themselves and have so much credibility that she doesn't. What does carrying yourself well have to do with getting drunk at a party and taking liberties with a dancer? It has nothing to do with it. Neither does the fact that they didn’t find DNA. If these guys are smart enough to go to Duke just maybe they are smart enough to cover things up. Like I said before, maybe they didn’t penetrate her but they did something to her some kind of way. We know it and they know it but they will not spend one day in jail for this because that’s how the system works. It is easy for people to believe that they didn’t do anything because of their background. It’s also easy for the mainstream to think a black man has done something. Perfect example, Kobe Bryant had a press conference after he was indicted. The charges were dropped against him (something that would have never happen if they thought they really could convict him for violating a white woman). Yet, the majority of Americans still hate him. There are lots of brothers that deserve to be in jail for things they have done. I am not the brother who apologizes for black crime because it usually means a black victim. There are also lots of white people that deserve the same amount of jail time but don’t always get it. The problem is that most black people see it like this and most white people don’t. It’s the kind of thing that might make black people stand up and cheer when Johnny Cochran helped a guilty OJ Simpson beat the system (although Johnny thought he was innocent or at least I hope he did). We cheered because we knew there would be allot of days like this when the black victim becomes the defendant against a class system that has more power than her violation could ever overcome. That’s been going on since we got off the slave ships and it probably always will.