Friday, December 29, 2006

A good point

Paul Hollander has written an excellent essay on today's Front Page Magazine comparing the current Duke rape case to the Twana Brawley incident in New York:

The recent case of the lacrosse players at Duke University accused of raping a young black woman brings to mind the case of Tawana Brawley, the black teenager who in 1988 made similar charges against a group of white men in Wappinger Falls , NY.

In both cases, what turned out to be unfounded charges were widely given credit and generated immense publicity; celebrities and politicians rallied to the cause of the alleged victims, lengthy and costly legal investigations followed, and at last it emerged that the accusations were groundless. In both incidents, the charges were seized upon as self-evident, incontrovertible proof of the incorrigible and ineradicable racism that continues to permeate and infect every pore of American society.

The comparison is valid. One thing I will say, though, is that the long-term consequences of the Duke affair will not be as destructive as the Tawana Brawley business.

The reason is that Nifong is White. The worst outcome of the Brawley business was that it catapulted odious race-pimp Al Sharpton onto the national stage. Because Sharpton is Black there were no real negative consequences for his wretched behavior. Nifong is not so fortunate. He is facing the real possibility of disbarment and law suit and even prison.