It says what happened to Collin, Reade. and Dave in Durham, North Carolina is "A-OK."
Yes, "A-OK." That's an expression I picked up from Judge Ronald Stephens, the local judge/buddy boy who allowed the NBBP into the courtroom and later sobbed on the stand as he testified to Nifong's good upstanding character. Nifong, he hiccuped,,, was "A-OK."
Now this decision by the DOJ has expanded that "okay-ness" into many other areas. A lot of stuff we've been aghast at is ...apparently...A-OK. Let's see if I can take a deep breath and name a few.
Well, the treatment of Mr. Elmostafa is apparently A-OK. Intimidation of witnesses is now deemed a legitimate law enforcement tool . Likewise, changing Kim's "crock" into a "could be" with a sweet deal is just smart and sassy legal technique. That's A-OK as well.
That no-wrong answers line-up: that's A-OK. Any one of the many ever morphing excuses for it will suffice. Likewise the convenient absence of notes to thwart discovery and the creation of crucial notes months later is getting another affirmative nod of approval. Seems now it's confirmed that in Bull City, law enforcement officials know "Bull" can be their best friend. It's A-OK.
False Accusation is also A-OK. Crystal Mangum is a serial Accuser..six men, at least, have been victimized by her Fantastic Lies...but she is out there as we speak. Sane enough in N.C. to continue to "care" for her babies, but not sane enough to face legal consequences for her egregious actions.
Speaking of SANE....as a SANE nurse and evaluator of rape accusers, Tara Levicy still has her license and may well be waiting in some ER room tonight,... waiting to assist Women Who NEVER NEVER NEVER EVER Lie About Rape to make their charges stick. Ideologues in white uniforms..A-OK.
Melanie Sill is California Dreamin' now. On her watch, the N&O's shrill and sensational faux coverage incited the community with a fairy tale meta-narrative of the shy young student, new to dancing, raped for thirty minutes by the swaggering boys whose parents had big houses up North. To accommodate the crazed outrage of the community, the N&O printed a convenient wanted poster of the Team with wanton disregard for the safety of these young men who were forced to remain on campus for finals. Hey, no consequences for Mel , the N&O has moved her along..this was, folks, all A-OK.
What about Kim Curtis? She is back teaching at Duke. Her treatment of the LAX players in her class sanctioned by Brother Brodhead...and we know HE knows "bad" when he sees it. Well, when he sees it in helmeted student athletes..not so much in campus classrooms or the halls of the D.A.'s office. Brodhead never chastised the Payback Profs at the Classroom Pulpit or mentioned Prosecutor Nifong wasn't A-OK back then, did he? .
And while I'm on the topic of Brodhead, whatever his leadership did to cause the huge settlements being handed about..apparently isn't "bad enough." Brother Brodhead is still the face, the persona, the stalwart symbol of Dukiness the BOT wishes to promote. He's A-OK for all of them. I think of the Spanish proverb..."take what you want, says God, and pay for it." As you surely will. Or Stevenson's couplet: "O wad some power the Giftie gie us to see oursels as ithers see us?" See your President...the President of a great University... too craven to meet with the anguished parents of his own students at the darkest moment of their lives. The esteemed wordsmith... too inept to find a few appropriate words for the families at the time. The noted English scholar..too afraid to read the complete case file as offered to him in desperation and despair. Brodhead: the personification of the best standards of Duke University: he is A-OK.
And City Manager Baker who assured the media of his personal, careful monitoring of the police investigation (akin to his oversight of the burning dump and hazardous parking garage) and the existence of just ONE story from Victim Crystal. Hey, Mayor Bell, this is the best you can offer Durham...your man Baker is A-OK?
Now we are being asked to fold our tents and accept this happy resolution, this "I'm okay, you're okay" wrap up party and go home. Be glad our Innocents are cleared. Don't think about the how, or the why, or the who-is-still-in-place. Don't think about tomorrow. Don't think about the next kids. The victims-to-come. Don't think at all.
Don't you get it? Power and corruption need your comfortable complacence. Move along. It's all A-OK.