July 27, 2009

An un-American premise

Andrew Breitbart via Insty:

ďAmericans, especially nonblacks, are deeply fearful that the dynamic is predicated on an un-American premise: presumed guilt. Innocence, under the extra-constitutional reign of political correctness, liberalismís brand of soft Shariah law, must be proved ex post facto. Think not? Ask the Duke lacrosse team, which had 88 of the schoolís professors sign a petition that presumed their guilt before their side of the story was known. Even though the white athletes were exonerated and the liberal district attorney who pushed the case was dethroned, disbarred and disgraced, the professoriate that assigned guilt to its own students still refuses to apologize

Indeed. Ever attend a so-called "diversity training" or "race conversations" seminar? In many (most?) of them, the initial premise is that "all whites are racist," and everything proceeds from there. Those that accept this premise eagerly share in the follow-up activities and discussions. Those that do not (which is usually always a majority of those in attendance if the seminar is mandatory) keep their mouths shut because they (rightly) do not want to give [seeming] legitimacy to the stated initial premise by voicing an opinion contrary to that premise.

But I digress. The point is that premises like "all whites are racist" are exactly like what Breitbart writes above -- guilty until proven innocent. Or, more likely, since innocence can never be fully achieved, "guilty until you grovel sufficiently for 'redemption.'"

Posted by Hube at July 27, 2009 09:53 AM | TrackBack

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My biggest problem with the Duke case (besides the obvious politicizing of it by an inept DA) is that the accuser was able to stay anonymous - till she wanted to capatilze on her new fame - while the accused were all run through the mud. Either change the laws to make all parties anonymous or all parties must be named when charges are filed.

Posted by: arthur at July 27, 2009 10:42 AM