In response to Duke President Brodhead's apology we are re-running Joan Foster's post of 17 Sept 2006. We should all review what he did before we accept his apology.
"Any fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius...and a lot of courage… to move in the opposite direction."No genius or courage here, folks. Buffeted by the loudest voices, unable to find his footing or his focus...Brodhead became that very fool. Vacillating, we see him first allowing, then denying an armed hate group the right to assemble on campus and "confront the players." We observe Brodhead turning his eyes away while the young men were heckled in the classroom and harassed on campus by professors…within his employ and area of influence. With only an allegation and no evidence, these faculty members behaved as if the verdict had been read and God had spoken. Brodhead never publicly called them out or called them on the carpet. Once charges were filed, he became a font of limp, legalistic platitudes. Now, as the Hoax unravels, he offers tepid, political pronouncements, only remarkable in their ambiguity. "The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, but conformity." Here is the president of a great university only able to articulate the simplest assurances of our justice system..."innocent until proven guilty" with a brevity that belies his belief. Powerless, he seems unable to balance others' powerful "agendas" with fairness and fact. Spineless, he turns aside these parents in their moment of most need, while appearing at public forums to stroke the masses.
"Leave him to Heaven, and those thorns that in his bosom lie, to prick and sting him."
"This is your Captain speaking…Bon Voyage."