In a variety of posts about HBO buying the rights to a book about the Duke case I have seen the claim that there was a lynch mob out to get the lacrosse players. This is a flat out lie, yet people who call themselves supportive of truthtellers and lie exposers have no problem validating and repeating this blatant lie. This is all the more appalling when it comes from people who claim to oppose false allegations and who claim to support telling only the truth.
This lie does 2 things. 1) It exaggerates the actions of the DA and those who spoke up against the lacrosse players. 2) It minimizes and sanitizes the actions of real lynch mobs.
Some people have gone further and claimed that the Duke case was an exact reversal of the worst injustices in the past against black men when this is clearly not true. Black men were lynched. All the Duke lacrosse players are still alive and not one of them was falsely convicted or dragged out toward the nearest tree where a noose was waiting.
I don't believe that this lie is being repeated accidentally. The only way it could be accidental is for the person to not know what a real lynching is. If people are that ill-informed then they have no business writing anything about the Duke case or any other rape case.
If anyone described as being in the lynch mob had been plotting to murder these young men, they would have been charged with a crime. As they should have been.
This hyperbole also works to hide the reality that when it comes to violence against those involved in rape cases, those who report rape are at a much higher risk of being assaulted or even the subject of a murder plot. But none of these people who throw around the phrase "Duke lynch mob" calls supporters of alleged rapists a lynch mob even when they say the alleged rape victim deserves to die or when they take actions to harm alleged rape victims.