A certain Fahren has requested a bitch’s thoughts on the alleged gang rape at Duke. This is a difficult subject…the subject of rape…and is only complicated by race, class and campus politics. But a bitch has some thoughts and my ass is never one to avoid expressing them.
This bitch believes that an individual should not be convicted in the press. That’s one of those very lofty ideals that is constantly challenged by the incredible capacity of humans to perpetrate violence on each other in ways that leave little or no doubt on the table. But a bitch holds to that ideal and will make every effort to hold to it here.
A bitch also believes that rape, much like abuse and molestation, is a crime whose perpetrators all too often bank on the social stigma associated with it as a mechanism to get away with it. This bitch is in awe of the women, men and children who have the courage to prove the criminals wrong…to challenge those social stigmas that victimize the victim and absolve the victimizer…to stand and demand justice within the law.
The individuals who where at that house on the night of the alleged gang rape are adults. They are not kids. They are not boys trying to grow into their social responsibility…they are adults. If a bitch had a dollar for every motherfucking ‘white boy’ and ‘black man’ reference that pops up in the press my ass would own Duke. Gang rape is not a youthful indiscretion or a casual accusation and shame on anyone who stumbles into that pile of bullshit.
This is an opportunity to address some shit. A bitch is deeply troubled by the lack of coverage being given to the separate incident of racial harassment that happened in association with that same house on the night of the alleged gang rape. A student called 911 and reported being shouted at and taunted with racial slurs while passing the house in question. So, mayhap there is something amiss in the house of Duke? And, rather than fall into public relations fuck up move number 2 (pontificating about what you have done right rather than point out how you will address all the fucking shit you have done wrong), Duke might want to take the opportunity to discuss it’s role in the community, the expectations of student behavior and what appears to be an outbreak of tired assed Strom Thurmondesque ‘black women sure are hot & I bet they really like it’ sexualized racism.
To expand upon this, there is the history of the sexualization of black women that southern towns know all too well. A history of rape, assault and abuse that a bitch is pretty sure Duke would rather not dig up. This incident has done that for you, Duke. It’s on the table and you can either let it rot or address it. Let it rot and the smell will stay with you for years…just ask Syracuse about that shit. Address it and you might actually achieve the social atmosphere you’ve spent the last several days trying to spin the media into thinking you already have.
And as for the suspension of the team...playing sports at college is a privilege and not a right. All collegiate teams and organizations represent institutions when they are on campus and off campus. Since scholarships are often involved, a bitch supports the notion that athletes have expectations and be held accountable to them. This bitch is still trying to understand how a Native American war game became a rich white man’s sport in the first place. At any rate, folks need to cease acting like the team is being punished…the administration giveth and the administration taketh away. Just ask some of the students on academic scholarships who have to maintain a certain grade point average.
My thoughts are with the victim and she doesn't need an indictment or a conviction for this bitch to have her back.
Lawd, a bitch is fed up with seeing Rape 101 pop up in college course guides year after year.
Maybe someone should address that with the same enthusiasm they put behind recruiting a motherfucking lacrosse team.