The incident has sparked a series of protests on campus this week. Many of the protesters have said the case is the product of a culture of power and privilege at Duke that protects the wealthy and well-placed, especially athletes, at the expense of others.
i've heard about this but i dont understand what the protesting is about. the possibility of the rape/attack having been committed is horrible and the racial slurs that were supposively said early that day are horrible too.but what are the students protesting against exactly? the school suspended the team (a national champion contenter), the investigation is pending, i dont know what else the school is supposed to do until more information is available. are students protesting how the school is handling the situation cause i dont know what else the school should be doing. or are they protesting something else?
i dont blame the team for not coming forward and saying anything and hiring lawyers. obviously teamates stick up for one another, thats the idea of a 'team'. i cant speak for the environment at duke, but i cant help but think that they cant do anything to drastically change the situation. first of all it is duke, so its a good school at costs like 40k a year. obviously its going to attract alot of rich, white kids, i dont know what you do about that. its like that at alot of schools. walk around harvard, yale, stanford, etc. its mostly rich white kids, not only cause the schools are so expensive but for a number of other reasons too. i dont approve of what has happened at duke but i still dont fully grasp what the student body thinks that their protests are going to do. after all, in my experience it is the student body, not the administration which is responsible for on campus racial integration. if the student body segregates all the black students from the white students and creates different groups on campus, its not the schools fault but the student bodies fault. as for athelets getting preferential treatment. the team is suspended and isnt playing any games currently. the investigation is going on. what else is the school supposed to do? expell them all? they dont even know if the accusations are true, and even if they are it was only 3 players. i just cant figure out the logic in these protests.
I am considering going to Duke, but the recent coverage of the rape incident and the schools subsequent handling of the situation has made me reconsider. I get the feeling that Duke is unwelcoming towards minorities. Is anyone having the same misgivings?
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