Duke prosicutor disbard. OP/ED
Before the left wing feminists and minority supporters jump all over this, I want to positively assert that this is not about justifying any crime or harm to anyone. This is strictly about media creating a culture of fear and people taking advantage of that fear.
Nifong the now disbard prosicutor is a perfect example of the culture of fear that media sells in all it's armchair quarterbacking when someone is accused of a crime. Certainly it is legal to report news, but our media has fostered in society a presumption of guilt which allows over zealous media and goverment officials to take advantage of that fear.
Even if these Duke players had done something, because of the unethical actions of the prosicutor, who cheated to make a name for himself, those players rights were violated. What people have to remember, is that it is NOT about them when stuff like this happens. It is about the system. When such things like this happen, eventually a coorupt and broken system will end up effecting everyone.
Do not compartmentalize this issue as being about just this case. This is about protecting the core concept of rights for all people. In your personaly life, outside of being accused of crime, everyone at some point has been falsely accused of something, by a co-worker, or family member or friend. Maybe money was missing from a desk, or a sandwich was missing from the frig, and you were accused of taking it when you know you didnt. Now take that feeling and apply it to actually being accused of a serious crime.
Unfortunatly I think our media leans toward spinning stories about the accused before they are even put on trial, as emplied guilt. Weither the girl lied or the players are hiding something is not the issue.The real issue consists of cases not being decided on emotional appeal either way, for the victim or the accused. The cases should be based on provable fact, nothing more nothing less.
This prosicutor played on the fears of the public and as a result felt he could get away with cheating because "nobody likes a rapist". It is true that society doesnt want rapists on the street. But what we should value even more, is a goverment that is willing to take a step back and us objectivity when dealing with accusations.
Our atmosphere of fear is creating a society that would rather use dragnets that scoop up the innocent, than protect the rights of all. It is easy to say, "Lock em up" based on the nature of the charge. It is much harder to look for facts. But protecting rights is not easy but certainly is well worth it.
It is not about one person, or one event, or one crime. It is about what kind of society and goverment we want to live under. A goverment that can simply drag you off the street because they think you did something, might placate the emotions of some. But it will not protect the freedom of all.
Nifong is a perfect example of what kind of goverment we do not want to live under. Not because of the players or the victim. But because emotions ruled insted of reason.
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