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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free....... ~Ronald Reagan~

Friday, April 14, 2006

Bull Durham...Playing the Race Card Against Duke

It's amazing in a country of laws when allegations and public courts can bring down a collegiate sports team, resignation of a coach and demeaning a university of high educational principles. Forget the presentation of facts or formal charges. Forget due process in court. Public lynchings are always common for high profile cases.
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By all means the press is guilty, frothing at the mouth, frequently calling Duke a school of "elites." Jesse Jackson fighting for yet another cause, based on words from a young lady who was apparently drunk. Jackson and Julian Bond don't care about justice, they only care about baiting the press with calls of prejudice and racism. These two characters have made a living using the race card to further their own personal wealth. And they have done it at the expense of black Americans.
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I stood toe to toe with Jesse Jackson one hot, sunny day in Chicago's Olive Park on the lake front. This was 1979 and Jackson was protesting against Summer Fest at Navy Pier because he felt not enough minority vendors were provided venues. I was in his face asking for proof, statistics but he simply glared back at me. I invited him to debate the facts, he continued his hateful glare.
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Jackson is nothing more than a street thug who robbed Operation Push into bankruptcy years ago for his own benefit. He sent his children to private schools while the "Push" facility suffered blight. Jackson's only cause is Jackson!
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I moved on to purchase an "I Didn't Boycott Chicago Fest" T-Shirt from a minority vendor. In fact, the number of minority vendors matched the percentage of minorities in Chicago. Many of the musical acts were minorities. The Temptations, Peach and Herb, Ike and Tina Turner with many more on the billboard. Hundreds of customers were minorities too.
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Jackson and his ilk, with the help of the main stream media, are trying the Duke La Crosse team on the tube and in print. Before any formal charges are presented facts are coming forth but the personal damage has already resulted.
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The woman alleging players on Duke University’s lacrosse team raped her was "just passed out drunk" in someone else's car on the night she claims the attack took place, according to a police recording. Attorneys for the players have said DNA tests failed to connect any players to the alleged attack. Time-stamped photographs taken by the players show that the accuser was drunk and already had suffered some injuries when she arrived at the house for the party.
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Pressure, based on race, is placing District Attorney Mike Nifong, under the microscope, especially since he is running for reelection. He has set a record for press conferences, something DA's running for office cherish.
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We would like to see justice served for both sides with the facts presented properly. Unfortunately it's looks more like the Salem witch trials and blind justice aired 24/7 on cable news.

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