Male while White: Guilty!

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007 11:52 am by Neal

In a nutshell, this is how the modern lynching machine functions:

Between a perverse form of liberation feminism that sanctifies strippers, prostitutes and porn stars — and a dogma of victimology that places blame for all things at the feet of the white patriarchy — the players were instantaneously presumed guilty by virtue of their being white males and privileged jocks.

By the same reasoning, the dancer was assured victimhood by her status as a black single mother/student, reduced by centuries of white-male oppression to stripping for food and tuition.

Read “Too Smart By Half” by Kathleen Parker on why white males should avoid the Research Triangle area of North Carolina lest this becomes their fate:

Before any charges were brought against the three players, students produced a “wanted” poster with photos of team members and demonstrated with signs reading, “It’s Sunday morning, time to confess.”

Higher up the food chain, Duke faculty formed the “Group of 88” — a coalition of 88 faculty members representing 13 departments — and ran an ad demanding that the lacrosse team players confess.

It’s been quite a spectacle. It also has been a damning indictment of an intellectually dishonest culture that pretends to the virtue of enlightened tolerance, but only for a select few. White males are the last remaining group approved for public vilification.

In a March 2006 letter to the Duke administration just days after the alleged rape, English professor Houston A. Baker Jr. brought clarity to the anti-white male, anti-jock bias that is today entrenched on many college campuses. It reads in part:

“How many more people of color must fall victim to violent, white, male, athletic privilege before coaches who make Chevrolet and American Express commercials, athletic directors who engage in Miss Ophelia-styled ‘perfectly horrible’ rhetoric, higher administrators who are salaried at least in part to keep us safe, and publicists who are supposed not to praise Caesar but to damn the unconscionable … how many?”

Got that, white-male-capitalist-pig-jocks of the world? Guilty. To Duke’s credit, Provost Peter Lange responded to Houston with an eloquent reprimand against prejudgment.

Under pressure from feminist groups, college administrators long have sponsored lectures about date rape and sexual harassment, directed at young males, all of whom are presumed to be potential predators. In light of events at Duke, they might consider adding a new seminar to the roster — one to review the rules of due process, the evil of mob rule, and the art of apology.

They might invite their faculties to attend.

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