The Gang of 88, the infamous group of Duke opportunist (allegedly professors of something or other) who wasted no time in jumping on the lynch mob bandwagon, are now trying revise recent history.
Actually, I suppose it’s the Gang of 87 now, since one of them didn’t sign the new letter posted at
Anyway, here’s what they said in the new ad, in part:
“The ad has been read as a comment on the alleged rape, the team party, or the specific students accused…” “Worse, it has been read as rendering a judgment in the case. … We reject all attempts to try the case outside the courts, and stand firmly by the principle of the presumption of innocence.”
But in the original ad, here is what they said, in part:
We’re turning up the volume in a moment when some of the most vulnerable among us are being asked to quiet down while we wait. To the students speaking individually and to the protestors making collective noise, thank you for not waiting and for making yourselves heard.
Wow! That doesn’t seem like “presumption of innocence” to me. Seems to me if you are all for standing “firmly by the principle of presumption of innocence,” that you don’t encourage people to make “collective noise” and thank them “for not waiting and for making yourselves heard.” I mean, you know, those people you want them to “make noise” about just might be innocent.
The reality here is that these psuedo-intellectual knot-heads are wearing the clown shoes and egg custard pie all over their face and they are trying to do a little clean up. Having been caught attempting to “try the case outside they court,” they are engaging in a bit of furious hand waving and insist they really weren’t doing that at all.
No, no, they were just “Deploring the Social Disaster…” whatever that means.
And just to emphasis the point, in the second ad, they once again did what they claimed they didn’t do in the first ad: Rendered a judgement about crime on campus to which they claim knowledge of, to wit: “ We stand by the claim that issues of race and sexual violence on campus are real”
Now how do you figure they know that? I mean really, if they are aware of actual incidences of “racial and sexual violence on campus” shouldn’t they call the police? Sitting around insisting that you KNOW crimes are being committed on Duke campus doesn’t sound like, “standing firmly by the presumption of innocence.”
The problem with these people is that they live in their heads and they don’t take the real world seriously. It means nothing to them to make outrageous statements because in their rarified academic world, words have little or no consequences. They think they can make reality up as they go along, and as long as they sit around in their faculty lounges or Durham cocktail parties, that’s mostly true. It’s only when they venture out into the real world where words have meaning that they run into trouble.
While this is a sorded affair, if there’s any good that can come out of this case, it will be to help show Americans what a disaster higher education has become. Today, campus’ all over America are stuffed to the brim with marxist and assorted useless eaters who, in a healthy society, would be out plowing fields and cleaning toilets.
Let’s make it so again!