April 16, 2006

Jesse and the Lesson of Tawana

Jesse Jackson has apparently learned something from the Tawana Brawley case. Hedge your bets:

Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh has suggested that Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton haven't visited Durham because of its "possibility of being a Tawana Brawley situation." He was referring to the 15-year-old black girl who claimed in 1987 she was raped, smeared with feces and scrawled with racial slurs by six white law enforcement officials -- a claim championed by Sharpton but later discredited.

Jackson and others have suggested that even if the rape allegations are proven false, the racial slurs are enough to make this case worthy of such a national dialogue. One witness has said someone at the party shouted, "Hey bitch! Thank your grandpa for my nice cotton shirt."
So a racist remark by a drunk at a lacrosse party mandates a 'national dialogue'. And 'Get Whitey' doesn't'? Who doesn't wish they could get a job as a racial profiteer? Every time some dunce says something offensive, you get another notch in your belt and more money to your 'organization'. The evidence about whether a crime was actually committed here is still in question. If one was, I hope the bastards are prosecuted. If not, who clears the stain on Duke Lacrosse? And where will Jesse be?


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