ESPN just published a documentary called “Fantastic Lies.” The documentary is about the horrible happenings at Duke University when a black stripper accused a group of white, male lacrosse players of rape. Many in academia are familiar with the story.....or at least most of the story.....and most wish it would go away.
I, however, think the Duke case should serve as an important warning. People on the outside of academia do not fully grasp how political academics are, especially those in the (fill in the blank) studies programs. They don’t understand that most academics will not confront injustice that occurs under their roof, and they don’t understand how a radicalized environment makes possible seemingly unfathomable decisions possible. This documentary will shed some light here.......and it is not pretty.
This documentary will give you some insight into campus politics, into the campus groups who led the charge to destroy these young men, and into the immoral and illegal conduct of a prosecutor.
The coach of the team lost his job at Duke.
The team, which was set to win a national championship, was destroyed.
The young men involved had their lives and futures turned upside down.
The media fueled a lynch mob--a mob that included many professors.
The prosecutor would eventually go to jail and be disbarred.
The stripper who made the false allegation would go on to murder someone and is now locked away.
Of course the professors who capitalized on this horrible situation, who fanned the flames of anger that helped to create this injustice,......well.....nothing happened to them. They went back to work peddling their prose and secure in the knowledge that they can destroy lives under the guise of academic freedom. It seems you can lead the revolt and walk the guy to the firing squad but in the end avoid any moral responsibility.
Oh, the President of Duke recently said his conscious was clear over how he handled the Duke lacrosse team. Watch the documentary.............make up your own mind. Would your conscious be clear?
John Paul Wright and Matt DeLisi
Professors of Crime and Criminology