April 12, 2007

Holier Than Thou

First of all, thanks for all the kind words about Gertie. The Boy is coping well.

And since I've got craziness approaching this afternoon, this will be short and to the point. It seems to me that the animating factor behind the Duke lacrosse case and to a certain extent the bonehead Imus crap is the human desire to feel better about oneself by demonstrating that you're better than all those other people, as if moral rectitude consists of how loudly you're screaming for your pound of flesh, regardless of evidence or the real amount of harm done.

For all the lacrosse stuff, go here.

For a nifty example of how those who were loudly proclaiming their moral rectitude and rushing to judgement will be parsing their former statements, keep an eye on the articles (and comment threads) here. Pay special attention to this meme, as you will no doubt be hearing it quite a bit:

Some students said the confirmation of the players' innocence should not overshadow the underlying issues brought to light during the national reaction to the lacrosse case.

"We will never know what really happened on the night of March 13, but it is our sincere hope that justice has been served," the Black Student Alliance's outgoing and incoming presidents, Malik Burnett, a senior, and Simone Randolph, a junior, wrote in a statement. "The lacrosse incident has become much more than a case of alleged rape, but serves as a lesson that issues of prejudice and inequality still exist within our nation today."

The question of whether or not learning that "lesson" about "issues" was worth the public railroading of and death threats against 3 innocent people will somehow be avoided. And the "never knowing what really happened" trope is a lie. But as it's a lie in the service of helping these folks avoid confronting their own behavior, I don't expect to see it corrected, do you?

Posted by Big Arm Woman at April 12, 2007 10:14 AM | TrackBack

The Imus stuff arose for another reason entirely, though it quickly turned into the standard news storyline.

What set it off wasn't an offense noticed but an opportunity taken. The most probable cause being Hillary denied access to Imus's show, which she found out exactly one day before the vile nappyword was noticed. She has a primary battle to fight, and Imus was leaning towards Obama.

Imus has a long weakness for the oratory of black preachers, and one of them convinced him, and he now believes, that he has sinned grievously against fine young women, who are delicate flowers and fragile envelopes of fine souls, like all women. They were confronted with a male idea against their wills, and that puts the media in the Anita Hill template until something better comes up.

The real damage is that now Imus has another tedious cause he's going to champion an nauseam. He loves helpless victims of any kind. Works hard to help them, but still it's a fatal attraction.

I don't know about hip hop culture, that is, whether it's overhyped as a bad thing or not. I suspect it's harmless, once you concede that blacks are in fact, contrary to the current media story line, capable of acting like adults. They're all talking to the wrong blacks.

The damage to black culture comes from how they treat education, not how they treat women.

Posted by: Ron Hardin at April 12, 2007 10:38 AM

The NC AG has conducted an extensive three-month investigation including deposing numerous people under oath. Ya know? Just like in the courtroom. He has promised a report. If it's as good as he was yesterday, we will, in fact, and in detail, know what happened.

Posted by: Locomotive Breath at April 12, 2007 12:31 PM

On the Imus thing, which is absurd, I came across a very interesting column from Jason Whitlock, a BLACK writer for the Kansas City Star that nailed it:


I'm not a big fan of political correctness, and I love the "shock jock" genre, as you could probably guess. I just find it amazing that this has become the monster that it is. How many folks died in Darfur or Iraq today? I guess we just needed something to take our minds off the Anna Nicole Smith mess (who I hear has finally achieved her goal weight). Thank you, and try the veal, I'm here all week.

Posted by: Jimmy at April 12, 2007 03:06 PM

I suspect the LAX three, with their phalanx of lawyers and serious inability to see The Humor of it All, will make it excruciatingly clear to Duke's Elect "what really happened."

Who will then feel horribly put upon and achieve a small but select martyrdom in their own eyes.

Posted by: PersonFromPorlock at April 12, 2007 03:20 PM
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