Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Flashback: April 19, 2006: Al Sharpton on the Duke Lacrosse case

Excerpt from a Bill O'Reilly interview with Al Sharpton on the Duke lacrosse case. In it, Sharpton says he believes the "victim" (meaning the false accuser Crystal Gail Mangum). He also suggests that men aren't charged for rape unless they are guilty. This attitude is, of course, wickedly -- and sadly -- ironic, given the racially charged history of this woefully misguided sentiment. But one suspects that in this context, Rev. Sharpton was only referring to white males; specifically, undeservedly privileged white males; men barely more than boys whose lives were turned upside down by the worst lie possible; exceptional athletes reduced to sobbing at the thought of facing their mothers after being accused of brutally hurting another women; white boys who "must" be guilty -- because they fit the feminist metanarrative of what a rapist should look like.

Rev. Sharpton, have you ever apologized to these boys who were put through hell by people like you -- bigots looking to crucify them solely for having the audacity to be born white males?

BILL O'REILLY: Why are we standing up for the girl if there is the possibility, based upon evidence, that the girl may have fabricated the story? Why don't we all pull back and let the authorities investigate and let the legal system work?

REV. AL SHARPTON: Well, first of all, the authorities have charged there was a crime, so they are not saying that at all. Second of all, people on any side of an argument have the ride to advocate on behalf of who they believe. Thirdly, I think that when the prosecutors went forward, they clearly have said this girl is the victim, so why would we be trying the victim and not the...
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I know this DA is probably not one that is crazy. He would not have proceeded if he did not feel that he could convict.