The Hazards of Duke and Apparently Stupidity IS Against the Law

Apparently Justice has prevailed in the case of the Duke Rape case. I was watching CNN when the announcement came that rape charges had been dropped against the three Duke students. My first inclination back when charges were FIRST announced was that these boys had really messed up. Then as details started coming forth my doubts began to mount. I’m not much on the mob mentality and I don’t like people piling on when someone appears to be down. There was in the case of the Duke students, IMHO, the mob mentality. As Roscoe P. Coltrane used to say on the CBS television show Dukes of Hazzard , “Those Duke boys are guilty”. Bo and Luke may have been but these Duke boys weren’t. I think it’s safe to say that the prosecuting attorney in this case probably won’t have to bother running for elected office again. I don’t often feel sorry for people of privilege but I do feel sorry for these kids.
Meanwhile, Don Imus proved that stupidity apparently IS against the law or at least punishable. My wife doesn’t think much of Imus and I personally find a little Imus goes a long way. I’m not much on the crusty old curmudgeon routine but he does have some interesting guests on the show. He was a big proponent of Harold Ford Junior in his bid for U-S Senator from Tennessee. My wife and I were discussing the fact that MSNBC announced it will NOT simulcast Imus in the morning anymore (which is where I would occasionally tune it in). And I see where a board member of CBS said Imus should be fired from the radio gig after coming off his two week suspension. I’m still trying to figure out where I stand on that. Yes, what he said was stupid, insensitive, racist and sexist. And he is a national figure and even as a so called “shock-jock” you do have to be careful what you say when you ply your trade on the federally controlled airwaves. I know Imus got called on the carpet back in the Reagan era for a racist remark and his mouth got him in trouble at a White House correspondents dinner a few years ago. Still, I’m not sure firing is the way to go. If you want to tone someone’s rhetoric down, hit them in the pocketbook. That’s what a number of sponsors did by canceling their ads with the Imus show. Technically by firing Imus, you hit him in the pocketbook but if you keep him on the air and cut his funding, that hurts worse than just cutting him loose. And, I think what is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. We need to make this crackdown on name calling and slurs across the board. If you use a derogatory name for a black person, white person, hispanic person, Jewish person, gay person, lesbian person or anyone else and you are a national figure or even a local figure, you should be reprimanded. If stupidity is against the law, it is curable. Just ask Don Imus.

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7 Comments on “The Hazards of Duke and Apparently Stupidity IS Against the Law”

  1. Jeff Says:

    Until this Imus incident I didnt pay much attention to his occasional attack on someone or some group.Seem like he does have a history.

    http://mediamatters.org/items/200704110001
    Media Matters – CBS Evening News, ABC’s World News failed to note Imus’ history of racially charged insults

  2. Bishop333 Says:

    Joe,

    I don’t feel like Imus should have been fired but hit in the pockets as well. He is a racist that needs a lot of help. His comments were out of line and very insulting. For the record, attacking a person gender is totally different from attacking a person race. People need to realize that gays and race do not have the same rights. If a gay person is attacked, it has nothing to do with there civil rights. I think it is an inslut when gays compare them selves to a race issue.

    As for those boys at Duke. I do not beieve they are 100 percent innocent. I pray they learned there lesson.

  3. joelarkins Says:

    Discrimination is discrimination no matter how you paint it or frame it. It’s like being a little bit pregnant. When you start limiting rights for one group you discriminate whether it’s for racial reasons, gender reasons or lifestyle.

    As for the Duke boys, I’m sure a lesson was indeed learned.

  4. The GM Says:

    Read John Leo’s piece in yesterday’s Wall St. Journal. It takes the politicans and journalists to task who made a habit of apprearing on Imus’s show. His argument is that the Imus show has always surrounded itself with sophomoric humor at the expense of others. As long as these politicans and journalist were able to build their exposure or sell more books, they didn’t mind soiling themsleves in the I-man’s bathroom. Well, now that the pipes burst and the crap is overflowing, they won’t get near him and most have come out — now that they know which way the wind is blowing — and disowned Imus. How do they explain that? Imus has long been the school yard bully. His humor has been that way for years. Why is now the time to disavow him and his shtick
    The GM

  5. Bishop333 Says:

    Race and being gay is too different things. It is an insult when you compare what blacks have gone through to what gays go through. I don’t condone neither but there is a difference. Until you walk a mile in a person shoes, you won’t understand. Blacks went through hell for many years ands there suffering doesn’t compare to what other have gone through.

  6. joelarkins Says:

    I think you hit the nail on the head: Until you walk a mile in a person’s shoes you won’t understand.

  7. julie Says:

    Don’t feel too sorry for the “Duke boys.” The DA apologized to him, as he well should have, but the fact remains that these were Division 1 NCAA athletes who hired strippers to come to a party they threw, and spewed racial slurs at them and sent text messages & e-mails talking about slitting women’s throats.

    Say what you want about college kids misbehaving, members of a college team are expected to adhere to certain rules that any regular frat boy may not. It seems like people are way too eager to apologize to these kids because they didn’t rape someone…since when is that deserving of praise? It infuriates me that they will be made to be the victims here.


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