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Agenda: The Duke Lacrosse non-Rape and its Meaning
By now, almost everyone accepts that the Duke Lacrosse rape scandal was nothing more than a hoax. Looking at media reports, one would think that it was the sole fault of Durham DA Mike Nifong. As disgraceful as Mr. Nifong's behavior has been, the media, many students and faculty at Duke, civil rights leaders, and politicians were just as hysterical in their rush to judgment.
As the accusations unfolded, the talking heads insisted that we must learn a greater lesson about what this really said about race, class, higher education, and justice in America. The Robert Taft Club and The American Cause will explore these issues, though not in the way that the the NY Times editorial page was thinking.
William Anderson is a professor of economics of at Frostburg State University and a columnist for Lewrockwell.com where he has written over 30 op-eds detailing the abuses by prosecutors and others in the Duke Lacrosse case. Prof. Anderson will discuss the abuses of the case in the larger issues of prosecutorial misconduct in America.
Richard Spencer is a PhD student in History at Duke where he is the graduate advisor to the Duke Conservative Union and editor of the New Right Review. He has a M.A. from the University of Chicago and a B.A. from the University of Virginia. Mr. Spencer will discuss the campus reaction to the case and put it in the larger context of political correctness in higher education. The New Right Review
Robert Stacy McCain: is assistant national editor to the Washington Times. He has also written for a variety of publications including the American Conservative, Chronicles, and The New York Press. He is the author of DONKEY CONS: Sex, Crime, and Corruption in the Democratic Party. Mr. McCain will examine the media's treatment of the Duke case in light of Thomas Sowell's observation (from his book "The Vision Of The Anointed") about how liberalism designates certain social groups as "targets" and "mascots." A Selection of Mr. McCain's writing
Nicholas Stix lives in New York City, which he views from the perspective of its public transport system, experienced in his career as an educator. His weekly column appears at Men's News Daily and many other Web sites. He has also written for Middle American News, the New York Daily News, New York Post, Newsday, Chronicles, Ideas on Liberty and the Weekly Standard. He maintains two blogs: A Different Drummer and Nicholas Stix, Uncensored. Mr. Stix has written probably the best account of the entire hoax at VDARE.com, which you can read here. He will be discussing the case in the context of Anarcho-Tyranny.