dukeThe Duke faux rape case rages anew.  Seems like old times again, Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty, and David Evans having been falsely charged with rape and exonerated, have now been alleged to be guilty of something, if any being white, from Dorothy Rabinowitz, A Dishonest Rewrite of the Duke Lacrosse Case:

In the outpouring of praise for William D. Cohan’s new book “The Price of Silence”—a work, remarkably enough, being celebrated as a model of evenhandedness, scrupulous objectivity, etc.—one essential has gone overlooked. Namely, the central point of this tale about the Duke lacrosse case and accusations against three players of rape and assault at a house party. It takes no close reading to see that the book is meant to recast the story so as to nullify the outcome Americans thought they knew—that the players were exonerated and had been falsely accused. In Mr. Cohan’s portrayal, the workings of decency and justice were undone by malign forces—among them, it would seem, the ability to hire defense attorneys.

As in all things Durham, my first instinct is to read K.C. Johnson, Durham-in-Wonderland:

Rabinowitz Eviscerates Author Cohan

In the Monday edition of the Wall Street Journal, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dorothy Rabinowitz has thoroughly taken apart the arguments of author William D. Cohan, as expressed in both Cohan’s book and his myriad interviews. In addition to winning the award, Rabinowitz also had been a Pulitzer finalist for her extraordinary commentary on prosecutorial misconduct and the conviction of the innocent.

Crystal Gail MangumCrystal Gail Mangum, the former stripper whore turned convicted murderess is black. The three railroaded former lacrosse players are white. I guess white privilege mean there guilty of something, even if Cohan does not know of what.

Addendum:  Clarification, Eric found the Dorothy Rabinowitz piece.  I picked it up wrote the post.