Monday, April 10, 2006

Innocence Just Isn't What It Used To Be

Well, the Duke University mass sexual assault case is turning into a victory for all sides.

Over at, they're using it as a soapbox to scream charges of racism. Right. Too bad none of the profs are math profs.

After today's negative DNA tests, the Duke player's parents are claiming innocence.

Robert Archer, whose son, Breck, is a member of the lacrosse team, said the test results only confirmed for parents what they already knew.

"I know the kids on the team and I know they're innocent," said Archer, of East Quogue, N.Y.
If my son and his pals hired strippers to come to their pad and dance for them, "innocent" would not be a word I'd use. "Swine" might be a better one. Or how about "the kid of mine who will now be paying for his own college tuition because he just dragged the family name through the gutter."

No one in the article has interviewed the dancer's parents. The one in the article was a student from North Carolina Central University. It's not like she was some poor, bedraggled, little waif who was picked up on the street, starving to death with no options. She sounds just as pampered as the boys. She's another one that needs to work her way through school. And if she thinks she can do that kind of work, she can kiss the inheritance goodbye.

Hugh Hewitt and Dennis Prager just got finished tut-tutting about the whole affair, lamenting that college wasn't teaching these boys morality. Well, duhhhh. It's not likely that they came to college with any. Both Dennis and Hugh talk about the kids coming from privelege. So what? Since when did money imply morality? Just look at what daddy said about his little tiger's innocence above.

Both of them ought to talk to their Salem Communications colleague, Michael Medved on the state of morality in the popular culture. After all, it's hard out here for a pimp.


Darleen said...


Good post; however, I don't think Dennis and Hugh were 'tut-tuting' (I was listening to the same show). Dennis was quite clear that no one should expect universities to 'teach' people how to be good to one another. He says a kid is lucky to come out the same as he went in.

The "privilege" thing only comes up as actually holding these males to a higher standard. They supposedly are from "good homes" yet are behaving indecently and probably do need harsh consequences.

But rapists they are not.

K T Cat said...


Thanks for the comment! There was a time when parents were held responsible for their kids' behavior. Fear of shame drove parents to instill morality in their children. I would have expected moral philosophers like Hugh and Dennis to have taken that route.

Justin said...

I was gonna just post a comment, but I decided to turn it into a post of my own.