Thursday, March 30, 2006

Duke lacrosse press conference

Flickr is ten times more powerful when it is used to post news photos. A user named jacksonfox just posted this and nine other photos from a press gathering at Duke U. concerning the now confirmed rape of a woman. Members of the lacrosse team are suspects and athletic activities have been suspended. The story is charged with race, class, gender issues as the woman, a hired entertainer, is a black woman and the accused athletes are white men. Duke U. is in the South, it has a largely white student body, while the city Durham is predominately black. The Duke campus newspaper is all over it (the student journalists are certainly cutting their teeth on this suddenly national story): "Lax games suspended amid controversy".

The student commentary is interesting too, here are two letters:
"The safety of black women"
"Throwback to Salem"
And one opinion piece:
"Alarming Context".


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