(Another quiz testing your knowledge of Duke now.)
On April 2, 2006 the Raleigh News & Observer published a picture of the “Vigilante” poster.
Anonymously produced, it contained face photos and names of 43 of the 46 white Duke lacrosse players against whom hate-filled activists had threatened physical violence.
The N&O's "Vigilante" poster photo, two columns wide on a six column page and seven inches long, was big enough so that the poster could be enlarged with good resolution providing easy face recognition of the players, many of whom had left their dorms and apartments because of fear for their safety.
On April 4 the N&O received the following statement:
“The publication of these photographs is not only unfair but dangerous to the young men involved. Will your newspaper not be satisfied until some vigilante egged on by your reporting harms a Duke student or team member?”Question: The statement was made by:
1) Richard H. Brodhead, President of Duke
2) John Burness, Duke’s Senior Vice President for Public Affairs and Government Relations
3) Joe Alleva, Duke’s Athletic Director
4) None of the above
If you picked “None of the above,” you’re right.
The statement is part of a comment Everett E. Dodd Jr of Raleigh made to the N&O’s public editor.
Any Dukie or North Carolinian who remembers former Governor and Duke President Terry Sanford knows that had the N&O done something like publishing the “Vigilante” poster during his time at Duke, the editors would have heard loud and publicly from Sanford or one of his top aides or very likely both.
Can anyone who remembers Athletic Director Tom Butters conceive of his remaining silent when "activists" were circulating copies of the "Vigilante" poster on campus right outside Brodhead's office windows?
But at Duke now we have Brodhead, “Dick’s senior team,” BOT Chair Bob Steel and his trustees.
Why is Duke now at such a point?