Readers Note: This is a 1, 2 post.
1) A repost of Rev. Jesse Jackson steps into the Duke lacrosse spotlight. It was first posted on April 16, 2006, the day before a Durham grand jury indicted two innocent Duke students, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann.
2) Comments concerning statements by Jesse Jackson mentioned in the post and the failure of many at the time to speak out and counter them.
1) Rev. Jesse Jackson steps into the Duke lacrosse spotlight - April 16, 2006
The Associated Press reports:
The Rev. Jesse Jackson said Saturday his Rainbow/Push Coalition will pay the college tuition of a woman who told police she was raped by members of Duke University's men's lacrosse team while working as a stripper -- no matter the outcome of the case.So, you want a college scholarship? You got it. And you don’t even need to study hard and get good grades so long as you can make a false rape accusation.
"I can't wait ... to talk with her and have prayer with her, because our organization is committed, when she's physically and emotionally able ... to provide for her the scholarship money to finish school so she will never ... again have to stoop that low to survive," he said from Chicago in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.
When asked, the civil rights leader also said his group will pay for the woman's tuition even if her report proves false. …
All you parents, teachers, and guidance counselors: be sure to let high school students know how they can become eligible for a Rev. Jackson scholarship.
Jackson's really helping change America, isn't he?
The AP says nothing about what Jackson, regarded by some as a civil rights leader, plans to provide victims falsely accused by his scholarship winners.
Hat tip and trackback: Signifying Nothing.
Trackback: Gateway Pundit. Sister Toldjah.
2) JinC Comments:
Mike Nifong assaulted America’s system of justice by trying to frame innocent people. DNA expert Brian Meehan assaulted our justice system by agreeing to withhold evidence. Jesse Jackson assaulted it by announcing a false accusation of rape will get you a scholarship.
Nifong and Meehan meant to attack the justice system. With Jackson it was a case of indifference to the justice system. He’s a self-promoter who made the scholarship offer to get publicity.
He couldn’t make his offer conditional on Mangum’s telling the truth. If he did, Jackson knew the “victims’ rights” people would have screamed about “Reverend Jackson adding to the woman’s pain by suggesting that she’s not telling the truth.”
Jackson didn’t want that kind of publicity. He wanted the kind he got.
So the Reverend said he was willing to pay for false witness.
And who's surprised by that? After all, Jesse Jackson is Jesse Jackson.
For their attacks on our justice system, Nifong and Meehan deserve jail.
What about Jackson? What does he deserve for attacking the justice system by promising to hefty reward to a woman making a charge of rape, even a false one?
Just speaking for myself, I don’t think we can put a leader of the religious left and our country’s best known civil rights activist in jail for self-promotion, even if it does involve an odious act all Americans should condemn.
Condemn! That’s what should have happened when Jackson made his despicable “scholarship offer.”
It should have been condemned by law professors, bar associations, MSM editorialists, civil rights organization, activist clergy, his fellow Democrats and all Americans who care about justice.
It would have been especially fitting for African-Americans to remind Jackson that in the past terrible things happened to innocent black men as a result of encouraging white women to, regardless of the truth, cry “rape.”
But that didn’t happen, did it?
By and large, most blacks and whites in positions of leadership and influence said nothing publicly critical of Jackson’s “it’s not about the truth” offer.
That was a missed opportunity. He should have been called out for what he was doing.
Tomorrow I’ll post concerning how we can still take some actions to counter what Jackson did and perhaps discourage, or at least more fully expose, him the next time.