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Dr. R. L. White, leader of the Atlanta NAACP, yesterday called for restraint in the Michael Vick Dog Fighting Case. Appearing this morning on ESPN TV 1st Take, Dr. White reiterated his call that Michael Vick, if found guilty, should pay the price, but invoked the Duke Lacrosse Case as an example where the rush to judgment was wrong. ESPN Host Jay Crawford questioned Dr. White about the conduct of the North Carolina NAACP in their well-publicized accusations last year against the Duke lacrosse team and their posting of 82 Crimes & Torts, now known to be false, which is still on the NC NAACP web site.
Dr. White, to his great credit, admitted: “... and we have not always been right in cases. We are not going to make a mistake again. We want to say we made a mistake in that case.”
We applaud Dr. White for his candor. We again urge the North Carolina NAACP to remove the 82 false & inflammatory charges, now that NC Attorney General Roy Cooper and former DA Mike Nifong have both publicly admitted the three falsely accused young men were totally innocent.