Sales of Duke University lacrosse team t-shirts and hats have sharply (and disturbingly) increased since the indictment of two white team members on charges for the rape and kidnapping of an African-American woman two weeks ago. (Read report from ESPN).
Is this benign support for a troubled university organization, or a new symbol of defiance for over-privledged, rich white kids in the highly stratified Old South? I’m skeptical of the former, but sure as heck hope it is not the latter.
"I have a dream," Martin Luther King, Jr. once proclaimed. Let’s keep dreaming, friends, and keep struggling to achieve those dreams.
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Yuck and ick!
My question is why does this act of violence get so much more attention than the other 60,000 rapes committed in this country over the last year? Every two and a half minutes, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted.
One in six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape, and 10% of sexual assault victims are men.
In 2003-2004, there were an average annual 204,370 victims of rape, attempted rape or sexual assault.
It’s not that this case isn’t important. It’s just that it isn’t the only crime like this that has happened of late. What makes this a national news story for weeks?
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