American parents send incredible amounts of money off to what are considered the “finest” universities in America, yet what do they get in return for such investments in a university such as Duke in North Carolina? Consider the three young men, star athletes at Duke University, who were falsely accused of heinous crimes and railroaded by the local legal establishment.
Once the false charges became public, Duke University president, Richard Brodhead, destroyed the reputations of his student charges by quickly judging them as guilty in order to satisfy those clamoring for the young men’s hides. President Brodhead set the code of conduct for the university hierarchy. Almost immediately, a large cohort of the professors at Duke University, eighty-eight in number, instead of offering stewardship to their charges, instigated a shocking public rush to judgment against them. Those eighty-eight professors represented more than ten percent of the entire professorial entourage at Duke. With callous disregard for the lives of the students who had been placed under their protection, the “Gang of 88” disgraced themselves and were responsible for encouraging a lynch-mob attitude at the Duke campus. Furthermore, they gave the out-of-control District Attorney Mike Nifong, reason to believe that he could build political victory on the backs of the innocent students, whom he indicted in less than three weeks after charging them.
The District Attorney will most likely be punished for his unethical conduct. The Duke University president will undoubtedly lose his position. However, none of the 88 disgraceful Duke professors will ever be punished for their despicable behavior, and American parents will continue to send their children to be influenced and taught by people without brains or consciences.