May 3, 2006, - 6:53 am
By Debbie Schlussel
For race merchants, hypocrisy and double standards are always the order of the day.
The alleged rape of a stripper (oops, I mean . . . “exotic dancer”) by two Duke University Lacrosse players bears that out magnificently. Especially when compared to the rape of Desiree Washington by boxer Mike Tyson, 15 years ago.
In that 1991 case, both victim and perpetrator were Black. While the accused was a prominent athlete, the victim was not a stripper, but a religious Christian and contestant in the Miss Black America pageant. Guess whose side the majority of Black race merchants took?
Hint: It wasn’t the woman. Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan attacked Miss Black America organizers for allowing Tyson near the victim, saying they should have predicted the result. He blamed the victim for going up to a hotel room with Tyson.
Farrakhan, in a speech to followers, attacked the women in his audience, saying, “How many times, sisters, have you said ‘No’ and you meant ‘Yes’?”
While the question of whether Washington was really raped by Tyson–when she voluntarily went to a hotel room alone with him and engaged in other consensual behavior–remains a legitimate question, why is it a question for Black America’s most revered leaders in that case, but NOT in the case a stripper going to perform for a room full of drunken, burly male athletes?
There can only be one answer: In the stripper’s case, the alleged rapists are White.
Where Farrakhan et al saw Tyson as “railroaded” in his rape conviction, they want to railroad the two Duke accused rapists in exactly the same way.
Farrakhan’s younger version, Malik Zulu Shabazz, who heads the New Black Panther Party, took his posse of thugs to Durham to “monitor progress of the criminal case against Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann,” the two White alleged rapists.
Shabazz made a number of demands, some of which Duke has pledged to undertake. The school already conducted in a federal-scale investigation of the two men and the Lacrosse Team.
There was no such similar investigation of potential violence towards women by pro boxing authorities, when Tyson was accused and then convicted. Why would there be? The racism shakedown artists were all on Tyson’s side.
Then, there’s our favorite vintage race merchant, Jesse Jackson. Like that old chartreuse pair of polyester pants from the 70′s, he’s always front and center at the “Politics of Hate” consignment shop. Jackson has pledged a full college scholarship to the stripper, regardless of whether or not she is telling the truth about the alleged rape. Where was Desiree Washington’s scholarship? As Miss Black Rhode Island, she had to seek her own protection from all the death threats Minister Farrakhan’s attack on her generated.
Contrast that with the Durham stripper. She is reportedly getting round-the-clock security from Shabazz’s group.
Weird Al Sharpton has also inserted himself. The Reverend-Without-a-Pulpit told Bill O’Reilly, “I think that when you look at the racial atmosphere, . . . when you look at a lot of people feeling that they have been treated differently, where this girl has basically had a character charged in the media, there is a lot of racism that’s in the air.” Not a peep out of Weird Al when Desiree Washington was being tried and convicted in the media by his friend Farrakhan and failed Tyson appellate lawyer Alan Dershowitz. Too busy trying to pay the judgment against him for orchestrating the Tawana Brawley fraud . . . which the Duke case strongly resembles.
No-one knows whether the Duke men raped the stripper. But the evidence they have produced thus far provides at least one of them with an alibi that he was not even at the scene at the time. The behavior of the stripper and alleged victim, as initially reported by her father and a fellow stripper, also appears to prove that nothing illicit happened. Ditto for the picture of the stripper smiling upon her return home. Then, there is her past criminal history and the fact that she is the single mother of two kids by different fathers.
In contrast, Mike Tyson admitted he was in the hotel room. Desiree Washington did not have even a smudge in her history–no scrapes with the law or prior “wolf-cries” of rape. She was not a stripper giving lap dances at parties populated by drunk rowdy males.
But it was she, not Tyson, who America’s most prominent race merchants were pimping.
The stripper’s most prominent race warrior, Shabazz, has–like Sharpton and Jackson–a record of picking the wrong side.
He claimed Jews knew of the 9/11 attacks and left the World Trade Center in advance. Shabazz also voiced support for Al-Qaeda terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui.
He was wrong then. And he’s wrong now.
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