The infamous Duke lacrosse scandal is one of the most well-known and controversial attacks on the symbol that is the White alpha male. The case is interwoven in the advanced form of identity politics known as intersectionality. Intersectionality is defined as “the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage,” which in layman’s terms is essentially the fetishization of diversity. The Duke lacrosse scandal is principally interesting because everything that happened did not fit the standard mainstream media narrative and for that reason it remains controversial to this day.
Lacrosse is the epitome of White identity, played almost entirely by WASP-y chads on the east coast. Due to its whiteness, this scandal drew particular attention and scorn from the mainstream media, not to mention the fact that the young men involved were the embodiment of everything the J-left hates: handsome, wealthy, athletic, and successful.
Heading into the 2006 spring lacrosse season, Duke men’s lacrosse players threw a party at the house of one of the team captains. At the party, there was excessive drinking and things got so wild that eventually strippers were hired to perform. An argument broke out between the two strippers and some of the players which abruptly ended the party. After leaving, the two strippers were later picked up by the police.
Delirious upon being picked up by the police, the women admitted they had been drinking and had taken muscle relaxants, along with several psychiatric drugs. One of the women claimed to have been raped by three of the Duke lacrosse players at the party. The team was subsequently suspended for several games, and when the Duke University administration put pressure on the coach to resign, the entire season was canceled.
In regards to intersectionality, there is a lot at play in this case. There is gender related tension since it was a rape investigation, but since the both women were Black, the prosecuting attorney alleged it was a hate crime. Another key factor was that the two women were stripping to pay their way through state college, while the lacrosse players all came from affluent families. Due to all of these dynamics, a narrative was created: spoiled rich White kids who party too much raped a poor Black woman. It’s a narrative we’ve seen all too often, casting White men as the evil oppressors of minorities.
Once the incident made headlines, backlash ranged from a never-ending lynch mob protesting outside the homes of the players, to bricks being thrown through the window of the coach’s house during dinner. To make matters worse, the only person who stood up for the accused players and the team as a whole was the head coach. He continued to be the team’s only advocate, even after he was forced to resign by the school’s (((administration))). By canceling the season, Duke University publicly threw the entire team under the bus before the investigation was even concluded to maintain good public relations.
Eventually three players were arrested and charged with rape, and the prosecution pursued additional charges of sexual assault and kidnapping. As the investigation went on, the stripper’s story began falling apart. First, she had difficulty identifying her attackers; when shown photographs of the team, she alleged that some players were at the party despite them not being present at all. When investigating one of the accused attackers, it was discovered he had an alibi with ATM and phone records to prove it. Further along in the investigation, the other stripper claimed the rape story was fake. The investigation was finally dropped when too many inconsistencies occurred in the stripper’s story and she even began to doubt her own credibility due to her own mental health and drug abuse problems. The critical turning point in the case occurred when DNA testing was carried out. Every player on the lacrosse team provided DNA samples, and when cross referenced with the rape kit, not a single one of the players’ DNA was found. However, in typical thot fashion, the rape kit did contain several dozen unidentified DNA samples. The county prosecutor lied, informing the press that the only other DNA sample found was from her boyfriend, completely covering up the multiple unknown DNA samples they found. The DNA testing lab director was even fired for giving a misleading report about the evidence. Eventually, the entire case against the accused players crumbled away, detail by detail, and the young men were cleared of all charges.
The county prosecutor, Mike Nifong, was an unscrupulous character. He was approaching a Democratic primary election to keep his job and thus played up and inflamed the tensions underlying the case in a crooked ploy to stir up support from Black voters. Over the course of the investigation, there were two separate ethics complaints filed against him. In the end, Nifong was fired and disbarred. Six Duke lacrosse players filed a federal lawsuit against Nifong, and he was ordered to pay $30 million to each player. Nifong ultimately filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy. May he rot in hell.
News sources today preach about the danger of “fake news,” but it’s ironic that many of these sources published their own fake news regarding the Duke lacrosse scandal. Instead of waiting for all the facts to come in, the national media launched a witch hunt against, not just the accused players and their team, but against their perceived White privilege. In their eyes, it wasn’t three men who attacked a woman, it was White male privilege oppressing the lower classes. The news saw the alleged crime as being objectively worse just because the defendants were rich White men and the accuser was a poor Black woman. The underlying jealously toward the young men’s status only further fueled the rage of the J-left.
Additionally, the young men on the team were continually mischaracterized through the use of lacrosse stereotypes: they’re all spoiled WASPs, they use cocaine and binge drink, they have daddy’s money to get them out of trouble, etc. This national media witch hunt resulted in literal lynch mobs harassing the innocent young men for several months on end, including hordes of protesters stalking them and their families.
The Duke lacrosse scandal and more recently the University of Virginia Rolling Stone scandal demonstrate an ongoing pattern in society’s attitudes about race, class, and sex. In our efforts to undo racism and discrimination, the pendulum has swung too far in the other direction. Grievance against the privileged classes of society has turned into a sick revenge fantasy: corrupt politicians agitating race relations just to win reelection, scientists compromising the integrity of their testing, and journalists declaring the suspects guilty on the basis of Whiteness. In its essence, this is a war between the haves and the have-nots, the gifted and the mediocre, the Whites and the coloreds. This ongoing struggle only further proves how much the have-nots need the haves, if not to mooch off of and tear down, then simply to envy.