The Scottsboro Boys lacked any money, and existed in a truly racist society. So they rotted in prison for many years for an obvious non-rape. The Dukeboro Boys of course have a very high likelihood of purchasing justice, and face a much better prospect of a fair jury. I assume that black folks in 2006 North Carolina are much less blindly racist than were honkies in early 1900s Alabama. In addition to drawing the obvious Scottsboro Boys analogy, this writer also correctly points out that were the "races" of all participants in the Dukesboro drama reversed (except for the DA; we'll leave him "white"), angry and effective protests by all of the hoochie's current supporters would switch to the falsely accused. But the writer fails to recognize these certain implications of such a fantasy "race" switch:
1. The DA probably would not have proceded.
2. All the honkies who currently support the Dukesboro Boys would also support them if they were black and their false accuser white. Remember, the hoochie initially had not only many honkey supporters, nearly all of her initiall supporters were white. Remember those daily student protests, banging pans outside the homes of the Dukesboro Boys and the Duke president? Nearly all of these prottesters were honkies, and their efforts vaulted this into the national media. During this time -- before any facts emerged -- not a peep came from the hoochie's crosstown black classmates. This proves the capability of honkies to support poor blacks against cracker culprits. But when the facts emerged, those protests ended, proving that honkies in 2006 have the capacity to sensibly, factually, and ratinoally assess race-charged situations. Do black folks? We'll see.