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What ever happened to the "Duke 88"?
Power Line ^ | 12/31/2009 | Paul

Posted on 01/01/2010 2:27:43 PM PST by safetysign

The "Duke 88" consisted of 88 Duke professors who signed an ad which implicitly assumed that Duke lacrosse players raped a black stripper, an allegation that proved to be entirely fraudulent. The ad praised protesters who had put lacrosse players' photos on "wanted" posters, associated "what happened to this young woman" with "racism and sexism," and suggested that the lacrosse players were getting privileged treatment because of their race.

The ad appeared almost four years ago. Stuart Taylor takes a look at what has happened since to some of the 88 thoroughly wrongheaded professors who signed it.

First, according to Taylor, no member of the "Duke 88" has publicly apologized. Many have expressed pride in their rush to judgment.

Second, sigining the ad seems to have been a pretty good career move. In 2007, one member of the group -- Paula McClain -- became head of Duke's Academic Council, the highest elected position for a faculty member.

Three members of the "Duke 88" have been hired by other leading universities. One of them is the execrable Houston Baker. As I wrote here:

The demagogic Baker excoriated the lacrosse team for their "silent whiteness" and their "white, male, athletic privilege." He called for the "immediate dismissals" by Duke of "the team itself and its players," to combat the "abhorrent sexual assault, verbal racial violence, and drunken white male privilege loosed amongst us." After the innocence of the accused players had become clear, Baker received an email from the mother of a member of the lacrosse team (who hadn't been accused) asking if he would reconsider his earlier statements. Baker responded, by typing "LIES" and indicating that his correspondent was the mother of a "farm animal." Eventually Baker, a post-modernist if nothing else, fell back to arguing that it didn't matter whether the rape allegations were true.

Baker was hired to teach at Vanderbilt. According to Taylor, Vanderbilt touts him as Duke's "leading dissident voice" regarding the rape allegations. Of course, Baker wasn't a dissident at first -- he was part of the lynch mob. If he became a dissident at all, it was because of his refusal to back off (not apologize, just shut-up) once it became clear that the stripper's allegations were bogus.

Vanderbilt's conduct shows that smearing innocent whites is a badge of honor in major precincts of academia. That the allegations Baker defended were bogus made no difference; all that mattered was that the stereotypes and the hatreds he relied on to reach his false conclusions were the stereotypes and hatreds of the dominant academic left.

Grant Farred, also of the "Duke 88," is another beneficiary of this phenomenon. According to Taylor, after the Attorney General of North Carolina declared the lacrosse players innocent, Farred called the players racists and perjurers. In 2007, Cornell hired Farred. The following year, it promoted him to director of graduate studies in the African-American department.

From Cornell's perspective it's a good decision. A man of Farred's blind ideological adherence to the left-wing narrative of American race relations is perfect for the job of director of African-American graduate studies at Cornell. Indeed, to the extent that this appointment maximizes Farred's exposure to people misguided enough to have entered a graduate program in African-American studies -- and mimimizes his exposure to more innocent undergraduates -- the appointment can be considered a good deal all around.

Finally, in 2007 the University of Chicago gave an endowed chair to Charles Payne, also of the "Duke 88." According to Taylor, as the head of Duke's African and American studies department, Payne had inappropriately authorized the use of university funds to pay for the "Duke 88's" ad. The doubly unscrupulous Professor Payne is now with the Chicago's School of Social Service Administration. He specializes in education issues. Having suffered through Bill Ayers and Barack Obama (and, some might say Arne Duncan), the Chicago school system can only hope that Payne's interest will be purely academic.

Meanwhile, back at Duke, the University has adopted a revised "sexual misconduct" policy. I will discuss this in a future post.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: academia; duke; duke88; dukelax; dukeu; nifong; nifongged; rape
Not to mention that Nacy DisGrace has never apoligized.
1 posted on 01/01/2010 2:27:44 PM PST by safetysign
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To: safetysign

Not to mentioned that one of Duke’s own is a pedophile.


2 posted on 01/01/2010 2:33:22 PM PST by usslsm51
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To: safetysign

funniest thing ever is jon stewart of the daily show crucifying Nancy. find the video it is worth it.


3 posted on 01/01/2010 2:33:22 PM PST by Illuminatas (Being conservative means never having to say; "Don't you dare question my patriotism")
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To: safetysign

Tragic


4 posted on 01/01/2010 2:33:51 PM PST by dixjea
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To: abb

ping


5 posted on 01/01/2010 2:35:09 PM PST by maggief
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To: safetysign
Houston Baker, Racist Extraordinaire:


6 posted on 01/01/2010 2:36:32 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: safetysign
Once again it is shown that being a Liberal (Progressive) means never having to say you’re sorry.

And if you are a Professor at an Ivy League university it would be a bad career move.

7 posted on 01/01/2010 2:38:14 PM PST by Pontiac
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To: safetysign

the media will never apologize for any of their fanatic attempts to promote their goofy agenda

they will never admit that Anthropomorphic Global Warming has been a mistake compounded by leftist politics

they will never admit that Ronald Regan and his policies (specifically his “Evil Empire” speech and “Star Wars” program) caused the end of Soviet Union and the Cold War

they will never admit that Bush 43 transformed the Middle East with his conquest of Iraq

they will never admit that Progressive policies promoting home ownership by unqualified borrowers ultimately lead to the “housing bubble” and the subsequent financial crisis

we need to get over trying to ever get the leftists to admit they are idiots

its just not going to happen

because they are idiots


8 posted on 01/01/2010 2:40:43 PM PST by kralcmot (my tagline died with Terri)
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To: usslsm51
Exactly! Where is the outrage of the Duke 88 against Duke professor and pedophile Frank Lombard, who offered his adopted African-American son to strangers for sex?


9 posted on 01/01/2010 2:41:39 PM PST by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: buccaneer81

Reminds of an ill-tempered pit bull. I actually like pit bulls and most are wonderful dogs. But not this one.


10 posted on 01/01/2010 2:43:19 PM PST by WashingtonSource
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To: abner; Alia; beyondashadow; Bitter Bierce; bjc; Bogeygolfer; BossLady; Brytani; bwteim; Carling; ..

ping


11 posted on 01/01/2010 2:43:24 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: safetysign

I guess it pays to be a racist, as long as you are a politically correct racist.


12 posted on 01/01/2010 2:48:32 PM PST by smokingfrog (Don't mess with the mocking bird! - http://tiny.cc/freepthis)
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To: smokingfrog
I cheer for whoever plays against Duke.

That university's staff intentionally tried to destroy their students without hearing the end results of the trial.

No apologies from the staff? That's okay. Duke sucks, and I hope they lose every single sporting event they participate in.

13 posted on 01/01/2010 2:52:58 PM PST by GI Joe Fan (GI Joe represents Real American Heroes, not a bunch of globalist drones.)
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To: smokingfrog
I guess it pays to be a racist, as long as you are a politically correct racist.

If you share the irrational hatreds of the Left, they will protect you. If you don't, you will be the object of them.

14 posted on 01/01/2010 3:08:33 PM PST by thulldud (It HAS happened here!)
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To: kralcmot
the media will never apologize for any of their fanatic attempts to promote their goofy agenda
The Achilles heel of "the media" is its great strength - which is its unity. It makes sense to speak of "the media" - a plural noun - with a singular verb, "will" because in fact the journalism outlets are about journalism in general more than about the individual outlets themselves. And that is true because journalism as we know it started in the middle of the Nineteenth Century with the advent of the Associated Press.

The AP homogenized the newspapers by making them all about the news and only marginally about the opinions of the editors.

Journalism and Objectivity

The Right to Know

Why the Associated Press is Pernicious to the Public Interest

The Market for Conservative-Based News

Why Broadcast Journalism is Unnecessary and Illegitimate

The AP was 4 Advances that Set News Back found by SCOTUS to be in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act in 1945. Back then, the AP was too big to fail; in the Internet era the AP's mission of husbanding scarce telegraph bandwidth is an anachronism. There should be a way to sue it into oblivion.


15 posted on 01/01/2010 3:40:31 PM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (DRAFT PALIN)
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To: safetysign

Ping


16 posted on 01/01/2010 4:19:36 PM PST by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough!)
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To: safetysign

What kind of settlements did these boys get for all those who label them as rapists? I’m guessing the lawsuits are still underway?


17 posted on 01/01/2010 4:29:18 PM PST by rawhide
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To: safetysign

“Eventually Baker, a post-modernist if nothing else, fell back to arguing that it didn’t matter whether the rape allegations were true.”
Too bad duels were outlawed. This man and his ilk need a lesson in good manners.


18 posted on 01/01/2010 4:33:50 PM PST by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: abb

Conservatives must start making inroads into higher education to counter a culture of extreme liberalism.


19 posted on 01/01/2010 5:30:54 PM PST by Brytani (Support Allen West For Congress - www.allenwestforcongress.com)
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To: GI Joe Fan

dittos to all of that GI. J.


20 posted on 01/01/2010 6:49:46 PM PST by bobby.223
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To: Brytani
I agree. I work for a university as support staff. The hiring process for a new professor takes days. The candidate is literally surrounded by department faculty except for when they sleep. There is no way around political ideology when you're constantly surrounded by the very people who will decide on your acceptance. Unless someone outright lies, I don't know how else they would get around it.

Don't get me wrong. If you were to reveal your conservative thoughts the discussion wouldn't end in gasps and a walkout, but I don't think one would get the job either.
21 posted on 01/01/2010 7:09:56 PM PST by r3pu8
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To: Illuminatas

It used to be on YouTube, but has apparently been pulled.

Here, I found it at Comedy Central.

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-april-12-2007/duke—non—rape-case

Such a classic!


22 posted on 01/02/2010 5:42:17 AM PST by FreedomPoster (No Representation without Taxation!)
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To: safetysign
They slithered back under the slimy rock from whence they came.
23 posted on 01/02/2010 9:00:45 AM PST by F.J. Mitchell (America is ailin'-the cure is Palin.)
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To: GI Joe Fan

You are free to cheer for/ against whomever you wish but by rooting against the sports teams, you are punishing the wrong people. The athletes doubted the Lacrosse story from the beginning and took some heat for it (especially girls’ LAX). The student body was supportive of the LAX players, too, particularly when the truth started to come out.
Duke is not the faculty alone. It is the students, the athletes, and the alumni, too. Only one of four was closed minded about this incident...


24 posted on 01/02/2010 3:28:38 PM PST by luv2ski
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To: luv2ski

Exactly. Mike Krzyzewski (did I spell that right?) is an example of an excellent leader who does a lot of good. There’s a reason he was selected to coach all those NBA personalities for the Olympics—he doesn’t suffer fools, and he’s a team-builder. He’s done a lot of good and does NOT deserve to be lumped in with these idiot “academics,” and I’m sure there are many others in the Duke athletics programs and student body who are not deserving of such scorn.


25 posted on 01/08/2010 12:50:01 AM PST by Future Snake Eater ("Get out of the boat and walk on the water with us!”--Sen. Joe Biden)
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