Skip to comments.What ever happened to the "Duke 88"?
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.
Not to mentioned that one of Duke’s own is a pedophile.
funniest thing ever is jon stewart of the daily show crucifying Nancy. find the video it is worth it.
And if you are a Professor at an Ivy League university it would be a bad career move.
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
Reminds of an ill-tempered pit bull. I actually like pit bulls and most are wonderful dogs. But not this one.
I guess it pays to be a racist, as long as you are a politically correct racist.
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.
If you share the irrational hatreds of the Left, they will protect you. If you don't, you will be the object of them.
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.
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.
What kind of settlements did these boys get for all those who label them as rapists? I’m guessing the lawsuits are still underway?
“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.
Conservatives must start making inroads into higher education to counter a culture of extreme liberalism.
dittos to all of that GI. J.
It used to be on YouTube, but has apparently been pulled.
Here, I found it at Comedy Central.
Such a classic!
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...
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.