It is so turned around these days.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

A crime was still committed

It's been a while since my last posting. How ya'll been? Not too bad here. There has been so much going on lately that I tell myself "ooh I'm gonna blog about that" but I never do. I think I get on "topic overload" and it is sometimes hard to focus all of my brilliant thoughts into simple sentences that mere mortals can readily understand. This is how I can empathize with Rosie O'Donnell.

Anyway, I would like to way in on the whole Duke Lacrosse rape, deal, fiasco. Today prosecutors dropped all charges against the three players. Yeah, this is good news. These 3 young men now can go on and live a normal life afforded them after graduation. But sadly this will not be the case. I think the most tragic thing about this case not being wrongly accused. It is the tarnishing of a name. There are 2 things on this Earth that give us our identity. Our face and our name. We try hard as humans to protect these. Why do criminals hide their faces? Why is there shame in seeing names in the police report? Because these things make indelible marks on how we are identified. These 3 men’s faces and names have been paraded on the media's stage for the sake of voyeurism, racism, ratings and the ego of Mike Nifong. I don't feel much consideration was given to how this would affect the alleged. I pity these 3 men because they are the real victims. But it is hard to arrest somebody for merely bringing shame to your name. The notion of "in 10 years nobody will even remember this incident" feels good to sooth our conscience but it will be carried for the rest of the lacrosse players lives. Yes, a crime has been committed. Sadly, it will probably go unpunished. Not the rape of a woman, but the desecration of a name.


At 8:26 AM, Blogger Vonster said...

I was happy to quote you on my blog i.e. that there was only one crime committed and sadly it won't be prosecuted.

At 8:27 AM, Blogger Vonster said...

Tawana Brawley all over again.

At 10:04 AM, Blogger BJ Stone said...

I agree with you, BJ, although unlike Vonster I don't see it as simply an issue of race.

I think back to the Kobe Bryant situation, too. Believe me, I'm no Kobe Bryant fan, can't stand the way he plays basketball or the way he carries himself, but that (channeling Imus here) "ho" who took him to her room knowing EXACTLY what would happen and then claiming "rape" (ostensibly so she could get her hands on his money) should be in jail.

Same thing here at Duke. And I'm wondering when Nancy Grace is going to serve herself up a giant crow to eat on national TV. She all but had these kids executed from day one of the case. I'll see if I can find some video or her and drop it on my blog.

At 5:26 PM, Anonymous C. J. Summers said...

A blog was still created.


When will we hear new words of wisdom from Mr. Aberle? It's been a long time. Oh, and, can you get rid of the spam comment from "Anonymous"? Thanks.


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