This article -- by the Nation of Islam's Final Call -- is one of the best summaries I've encountered. While presenting important info, it also omits important info.
“A lot of us are sick and tired of our women, our sisters and our mothers being violated. We need to take a stand.” Yet the article doesn't present racial statistics on the reported rapes of black and white women, and the reported racial composition of their attackers.
"Hours later" she was taken to the hospital, where she "obviously" looked like she was beaten. “I knew somebody had beat her because you could look at her face and tell that her face was swollen,” the alleged victim’s father told The Herald-Sun newspaper. “It was all around her eyes and her jaw was swollen. She tried to get out of the car, but she couldn’t walk. Her leg still hurts.” Yet Stripper 2, the security guard, and three cops called to the second 911 call didn't think she looked beaten. It will be very interesting to compare the photos of her in the final moments at the rape house to photos of her at the hospital looking "obviously" beaten. And the photos appear to show that (1) her legs had injuries when she arrived at the honkey house, (2) her legs got injured some more while falling after leaving the house, and (3) she had trouble walking independant of what went on in the bathroom. This is the first indication that anybody has linked her leg injuries to a rape, whereas the photos show leg injuries clearly unrelated to a rape. Would the medical examiners have diagnosed "consistent with rape" without these injuries? What happened between the grocery store parking lot and when she arrived at the hospital? How much time elapsed? With whom was she with?
“We stand against the use of racial slurs and the vilification of anyone." No word about allegations that the strippers not only hurled racial slurs, but started the exchange.
"...the White male participants became rowdy and started hurling racial slurs at the Black dancers, the alleged victim told a local newspaper that they both became frightened." Yet numerous reporters who have viewed "the photos" concur that for the few minutes of dancing, several photos were taken throughout, and they show all the honkies seated back with their hands to themselves. The photos also show the accuser leaning into the honkies and slapping one of them, after which the photos show everyone with gloomy dispositions, but no honkies crowding the strippers. The strippers and the honkies all agree that one of the honkies asked if the girls brought sex toys, the girls said no, and one of the guys suggested a broomstick, which angered the girls. The guys claim this comment (which is not illegal) prompted the slap (which is illegal).
"...a statement from NCCU Chancellor James Ammons." This guy was a VP at FAMU when I was there, and I had to negotiate with him during a few of my Black National Freedom Fighter days.
"Almost daily demonstrations by Duke University students outraged that administration officials not only kept quiet about the alleged assault for more than a week, but had not punished the lacrosse players for underage drinking." Since most of the Duke protesters are white, this counters all the talk of racism. And do these people want every scurrillous accusation to race into the headlines? We see what happened here: this led to immediate castication of the accused before a clear amount of evidence appeared. Do these demonstrators want to do this when some white strippers accuse some black Duke or NCCU guys? As for prosecuting underage drinking, do the black students at NCCU *really* want that? In my extensive experiance at black universities, and at black parties at white universities, I hardly think that this is a genuine demand.
Even people who only care about black people should be very careful about the demands that they make in this case. Black males compose roughly 12% of the US male population, but compose 40% or more of the alleged perpetrators in reported rape cases. Even if the Duke honkies are guilty, this could not have been clear a week after the incidendent, when the blustery, shrieking protests began. Even today, is it so clear that anybody outside of the case can be 100% certain? The angry protesters should keep this in mind.
At the recent forum at NCCU, one of the righteous race-baiters described how a year or two ago a black Duke student got incorrectly arrested for rape charged by a white women, and then released after a few days. The race-baiter used this as evidence that some of the crackers in this case should have been arrested within days. But logically somebody could use this as an example for why students on both campuses should have banged pots everyday outside the accused guy's dorm. Or why the white boys should have been arrested... and then released with charges dropped after the negative DNA returned.
"Mr. Nifong says based on what evidence he’s seen so far—broken fingernails, a make-up bag, cell phone, a shoe and approximately $400 in cash left behind at the scene, in addition to the forensic rape exam report from the hospital—a brutal rape did occur." But the fingernails contained no DNA, and despite having two full days to dispose of this evidence, the guys in the house left it all out in the open, "consisent with" a drunken, violent, expelled visitor being given a chance to return under sober circumstances and reclaim her property.
Did the guys rape her? Did they drug her? The people who answer Yes seem to have committed themselves to this answer prior to reviewing important data, including the DA. Count me among those who are uncertain, who believe on balance that probably no rape occured, but who are willing to change our minds as more evidence materializes.