Saturday, June 24, 2006

LaShawn Barber Ignores Obvious Differences Between Duke Rape Case And 1931 Scottsboro Case

Townhall: La Shawn Barber: Scottsboro revisited

I wish I could take credit for this idea, but one of my blog readers noted and documented similarities between the Scottsboro and Duke rape cases. There are huge and obvious differences between the cases, to be sure, but the similarities are instructive.
This paragraph blows my mind. Ms. Barber admits there are huge and obvious differences, but then chooses to ignore those differences and seems to feel she should be excused for doing so because she told readers what she was doing.

To me this paragraph is an admission by Ms. Barber that she knows the two cases are not comparable as a whole, but that she will highlight any and every detail that overlaps and attempt to make that overlap seem meaningful.

If I get to ignore huge and obvious differences, boy can I have fun.

The defendants in most rape cases where the defendant is found not guilty are men, and the defendants in the Duke rape case are men.

Men convicted of rape and later cleared of the charges said all along that they were innocent, and the defendants in the Duke rape case said they are innocent.

Convicted murderer Scott Peterson said he was innocent, and the defendents in the Duke rape case said they were innocent.

Scott Peterson said he had an alibi, and at least one of the defendants in the Duke rape case said he had an alibi.

Ted Bundy, the BTK killer and most known serial killers are white males, and the defendants in the Duke rape case are white males.

We can find details where rapists are like rape victims and where men who shoot their spouses in cold blood are like men who shoot armed robbers. Doing that doesn't make the compared person or groups equal.

If we all get to ignore huge and obvious differences then we can make anything we want comparable to something that isn't at it's heart similar. We can then argue that a coconut is similar to a grape and must be treated by every intelligent person as such.

Ms. Barber closes with:

Race relations may have improved in the last 75 years, but when we allow race-fueled hysteria to deny men justice progress is impeded. And time begins to reverse.
I notice that Ms. Barber doesn't concern herself with hysteria that attempts to deny women justice. She, like many others who have jumped on the bandwagon of labeling the alleged victim in the Duke lacrosse rape case, doesn't need to wait for a trial to reach her own conviction.

In that way she is like the mob in the Scottsboro case.

I wonder what other actions could be defended using Ms. Barber's selective comparison strategy.

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 11:41 AM   5 comments links to this post


At June 24, 2006 12:16 PM, Blogger RachelsTavern said...

That gave me a good laugh.

At June 24, 2006 2:56 PM, Anonymous cooper said...

Kristoff made a comparison a couple of weeks ago which I found deplorable but probably just because he did a crappy job. about it at the time.
I stopped read Barber when I started to feel she didn't really get the Duke Lacrosse case.

At June 24, 2006 10:36 PM, Anonymous mary said...

Don't know why any cased is compared to others.

At June 25, 2006 1:32 PM, Blogger Marcella Chester said...

R Sullivan, I just wish everyone saw the illogic in that article and what it could allow us to say about anything we want.

Cooper, thanks for the link. I missed reading that post somehow.

Mary, those who seem quick to compare these cases seem to be hoping that readers will buy the comparison without learning enough about either case to see the elemental differences.

At June 26, 2006 10:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

he does a better job than you in reporting the fact. You only post opinions that agree with yours, so basically you only want people to blow smoke up your ass.


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