Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Not an isolated incident
One of the Duke Lacrosse players arrested and charged with rape has a violent past.

The New York Times gives us the skinny....

Collin Finnerty and two of his teammates from high school lacrosse were arrested on Nov. 5 in Washington for beating a man. The victim reported that Finnerty and friends "punched him in the face and body, because he told them to stop calling him gay and other derogatory names"

But Finnerty's record was cleared after he completed 25 hours of community service.

I guess this shouldn't really be surprising...many privileged white men often feel permitted to disrespect women, people of color, and gay/lesbian/trans people. Violence is violence. Sexual violence is sexual violence. Power is power. But the question remains--why was this gentlemen allowed to continue playing lacrosse? Why was he not disciplined by the coach/university?

AND why is he not referred to as an "abuser," "homophobe," "pervert" to the same extent that the rape victim is referred to as a "sex worker," "exotic dancer," and "entertainment worker?" If anyone deserves to be dehumanized in this case, it certaintly isn't the victim.

He may have to do 30 hours of community service this time around....


Blogger DAG said...

There is a simple way to end the racial hysteria surrounding the Duke Lacrosse team. Simply tell people it was El Duke,
not Duke players that were accused the rape of a white woman, and the same civil rights leaders who are lynching the Duke Players would lynch the racist DA.....

I can see it now, "racist DA perpetuates black rape myth." And of course the nails were planted by a racist cop, "If the nails don't clip you must acquit."


Blogger kristen said...

hmmm, how does that answer his willingness to commit sexual violence? Even if the woman was white, this incident would be horrendous.

Blogger quakerdave said...

I'm still trying to figure out the "point" that "dag" is trying to make.

It always amuses me when people like me - white males - the most privileged class in America, regardless of economic status, immediately dismiss any racial aspect of any issue by claiming some sort of "reverse discrimination." "reverse racism" is an oxymoron, used by morons to deny history. They need to try reading a real history book some time, instead of listening to so much talk radio, and maybe they'd figure out why people believe the way they do. We're talking about facts here, not "myths."

As for young Mr. Finnerty, the smirk that he's been wearing since his arrest tells all of us that he's been enjoying a life of privilege, wherein he basically walked away from a gay bashing assault with what amounts to a slap on the wrist. An assault conviction should have cost him his scholarship. His character should be subject to the same scrutiny as the victim has been getting.

Maybe now he'll have to pay a price for being a hoodlum.

If he's guilty, of course. We wouldn't want to rush to judgement, the way some folks are when it comes to besmirching the character of the VICTIM here.

Blogger Matt said...

Not sure if you'll be checking comments on posts that have fallen off the top of your blog, but I found an interesting dichotomy that CNN is using in their latest article on the subject:

"The case has inflamed racial and economic divisions in Durham, home to both the historically black North Carolina Central University and the elite Duke."

One school is "black" and the other is "elite"? Maybe I'm trying to find something to criticize in the article, but that seems like a rather insulting pick of two adjectives. Does black thus mean non-elite? Or does elite thus mean non-black?


Blogger quakerdave said...

It means CNN is non-clued in. As usual.

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