Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Duke Professors and the 610 Protests

Video from WRAL TV - The potbangers protest

Note! Italicized paragraphs were taken from Ekstrand Lawsuit & The Duke Lacrosse Team Lawsuit. The photos and videos are all available freely on the Internet.

With Durham PD Cpl Addison's inflammatory & false remarks on WRAL March 24 2006, the Duke community composed of professors, employees, Trinity Park residents, and local activists joined together to start a series of daily protests which propelled the dubious story into a national event by skillfully using organizing techniques. Voices of calm who called for restraint until the charges could be examined were thrown by the wayside. The Duke PD knew the charges came from a mentally troubled woman and had expressed their opinion it would go away.

However people were at work creating a metanarrative that fit the mantra of race, class, and gender which had become the centerpiece of these professor's academic agendas. It was promoted as the perfect storm composed of town and gown issues with the allegations buoyed by the false reports of injuries coming from Duke University Medical Center. Duke professors who should have followed the code of conduct in their faculty handbook threw it aside and began an vitroilic attack on the entire Lacrosse Team. It was a great opportunity! Brodhead and his Administration who were assured the charges were most likely false by their own PD failed to stop the Duke professors and their employees.

"But once you tell one lie, you've got to tell another and another and another. You're caught up in a web of lies."

Durham attorney Butch Williams
Herald-Sun, The (Durham, NC) March 31, 2006

Duke Faculty Encourage Campus Protests Against Lacrosse Players

250. As the Duke administration was thus rebuffing the parents' requests for support for their sons, a large number of Duke faculty members, other Duke employees, and students immediately rushed to condemn the lacrosse team. Over the weekend of March 25-26, they began a prolonged public campaign of harassment and organized protests falsely condemning the lacrosse players both for committing a heinous crime and for attempting to cover it up. They also called upon the Duke administration immediately to condemn the lacrosse team, to cancel the lacrosse season, and to impose disciplinary sanctions on the team, its coach, and its members.

251. On the evening of March 24, Duke English professor Faulkner Fox sent an email to numerous persons associated with Duke, calling for a protest at the lacrosse game. Other Duke professors attended the protest as well. Fox later told the media: "The students need to realize they live in a community, and people are going to talk back if they do something, or potentially do something, that is disrespectful to women." Protesters holding "DON'T BE A FAN OF RAPISTS" signs arrived at the lacrosse field prior to the scheduled Georgetown game. The game, as noted above, was canceled by Brodhead shortly before it was scheduled to begin.

252. Professor Fox, in addition to calling for the "DON'T BE A FAN OF RAPISTS" protest at the Georgetown game, also helped organize a "candlelight vigil" at 610 North Buchanan on the night of March 25. On the night of Saturday, March 25, over 250 people—including Duke faculty members, staff, and students—gathered outside the house at 610 North Buchanan.

253. Gathered in front of the house, the crowd chanted "shame," and "you can't run, you can't hide," and other hostile slogans. Members of the crowd told local media that every attendee of the March 13 party should be expelled from the university.

254. The same night, the protesters moved from 610 North Buchanan to a nearby duplex located at 1105 and 1103 Urban Avenue. This house, owned by Duke University, was occupied by lacrosse team members William Wolcott, K.J. Sauer, and Erik Henkelman. The protestors surrounded the front of the house and banged on the windows, screaming "Shame!" Wolcott called Larry Moneta, Duke's Vice President for Student Affairs, and asked for help. Moneta said there was nothing he could do.

255. At approximately 6:10 a.m. the next morning, Sunday, March 26, Duke personnel and students, gathered outside the lacrosse team's residences and engaged in a so-called "pot-banging" protest. They banged on pots and pans, trash bins, water jugs, and empty beer cans. The crowd wielded signs reading "CASTRATE!!", "You can't rape and run," and "It's Sunday morning, time to confess." Other signs stated: "Real men don't protect rapists," "Don't rape and run," "Give Them Equal Measure" and "Get a Conscience, Not a Lawyer." Sam Hummel, Duke University's Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, shouted into a megaphone: "The community consequences for this action, I guarantee, will range far beyond the legal consequences you will face." The crowd chanted: "Who's protecting rapists? They're protecting rapists! So who are the rapists? They must be the rapists!" The protest lasted at least two and a half hours.

Sam Hummel, Duke's Sustainability Director, chanting

475. The menacing slogans were compounded by “speakers” who addressed the crowd and the home of three of the lacrosse team captains through a bull horn. The Potbanger- Speakers variously asserted that a rape occurred and demanded a confession. The statements of Potbanger-Speakers, many of whom were University Professors, Administrators, and students, included, for example:

(1) “We are making this kind of noise because we are standing in solidarity with the women who have gone through this horrible atrocity.”

(2) “Wake up! Wake up! The Sun is up! It’s Sunday morning! Time to confess!”

(3) “We want the members of the Duke Lacrosse team to come clean.”

(4) “They haven’t been convicted, but 30-something kids are remaining silent.”

476. Several Durham Police and Duke Police Officers were standing a short distance away, watching the mob in front of 610 N. Buchanan, and did nothing to intervene. One officer appeared to be taking pictures.

256. Upon information and belief, Hummel played an instrumental role in the protests, helping to organize them by, among other things: sending one or more emails calling for a protest, creating and distributing a slanted and harassing "fact sheet," attending the protest and directing multiple signs (including "Get a Conscience, Not a Lawyer") at the lacrosse house and at television cameras, shouting into a megaphone during the protest, and setting up a speaker system for the protest. Hummel also posted harassing and inflammatory messages on the "Durham Responds" Yahoo Group. In one message, Hummel implored readers to attend an event "geared toward educating the larger Duke community about the sexual assault that occurred two weeks ago in a house just off East Campus that is rented by Duke students." In another message, Hummel referenced a protest in which he had recently participated, and then discussed "planning an on-going response to the March 13th sexual assault that addresses root cause issues such as racism, sexism, misogyny, alcohol culture, paternalism, economic exploitation, athlete impunity, and Duke's (lack of) accountability to the community." On information and belief, Hummel was also involved in creating and/or distributing the WANTED posters, described below.

Pictures of the Lacrosse Team were posted on campus.
Sam Hummel in backround

257. In addition to Hummel, the participation of Duke faculty members in both organizing and attending the protests was extensive. As noted above, on information and belief, professor Faulkner Fox was one of the organizers of the "DON'T BE A FAN OF RAPISTS" and "CASTRATE! !" protests. Likewise, Duke professor Tim Tyson publicly admitted in a National Public Radio interview to participating in the protests, as well as the "candlelight vigil." Duke professor Kim Curtis also participated in protests targeting the lacrosse players.

Duke professor Tim Tyson

Professor Tyson, a board member of the Insitute of Southern Studies, is a Visiting Professor of American Christianity and Southern Culture, Duke Divinity School and Senior Research Scholar at the Center for Documentary Studies. On April 2 2006 he wrote this column for the News-Observer.

..White college students a few generations back would sometimes hire a black man to let them tie his hands behind his back, and then the black man would try to fish coins and bills out of a barrel of flour. More recently, white fraternities would don blackface and hold "slave auctions" at parties. Such minstrel humor was very popular but racially degrading, damaging the community and the people involved.

This is also the case with rich white boys hiring black "exotic dancers."

The spirit of the lynch mob lived in that house on Buchanan Boulevard, regardless of the truth of the most serious charges. The ghastly spectacle takes its place in a history where African- American men were burned at the stake for "reckless eyeballing" -- that is, looking at a white woman -- and white men kept black concubines and mistresses and raped black women at will.

It matters, of course, what happened. But the dynamics of race, power and violence that have marred our history remain with us. When the men of one group have most of the power and privilege and see themselves as above the law, that will always be a recipe for abusive relationships with women from other groups, sometimes physically violent, more often spiritually violent... NewsObserver

258. On March 26, Brodhead had a telephone conversation with Durham Mayor Bill Bell. The next day, Bell complained publicly about the team's silence and urged Duke to cancel the whole season to "send a strong message to the community."

Duke Professor Houston Baker appeared to take the lead as the chief spokesman of the campus professors and those at John Hope Franklin Center, who would eventually create the "We're Listening " ad. He would appear in numerous radio, TV, and newspapers condemning the Lacrosse Team and the culture of racism.

In an report from the WRAL web site Professor Baker appears to be the first who starts the call demanding the disbanding of the Lacrosse Team.

...The English professor wrote an open letter criticizing the slow response of the administration. claiming that they have known for months and even years about the lacrosse team's bad reputation.

"It seems to me to wait until the 28th to have a major press conference by leaders of this university is appalling," said Dr. Houston Baker. "The slowness of response and the feeling among a lot of faculty that the men's lacrosse team has long been a unit of bad actors and it's been known by university leaders and still it's escalated into a national crisis and local disaster is frustrating."

Baker would like to see the current men's lacrosse team disbanded and the university put a blue ribbon committee in place to mandate how to handle these types of situations. Baker also wants a new lacrosse team formed -- one with certain standards and expectations set out by the university. In his letter, Baker referred to the lacrosse team as privileged white male athletes...WRAL TV

This drumbeat would continue for weeks and it certainly appears Duke President Brodhead succumbed to mob rule by cancelling the Lacrosse season and "threw" the players under the bus. The myth of the culture of white privilege had been created by just a few professors who used their graduate studies and professional activists to incite the community and the nation. It certainly wasn't about the truth.

“The arrogance and bravado that they were above the law or they could think this woman is below the respect of the human community really outrages a lot of people.” Duke Professor Faulkner Fox

259. In the face of these menacing protests, the players reasonably feared for their physical safety. Players Evans, Zash, Flannery, Wolcott, Sauer, and Henkelman were driven from their homes. On or around March 28, Player Bo Carrington was accosted and surrounded on campus by a jostling crowd of students who shouted "Tell the police what you know! Why are you protecting these rapists?" On Sunday, March 26, when pressed by defense counsel to provide more security or at least excused absences from class for the players, Moneta refused, stating "well, frankly, I don't believe them."


Two years have passed since this modern day witch hunt began. Duke University has never criticized the actions of its Faculty and employees despite knowing the 2006 Lacrosse Team was falsely accused. One wonders why Duke persists in denying the truth that on those horrible days in March 2006 their Faculty and employees engage in a hateful & racist attack on the Lacrosse Team?


Anonymous said...

a whole pack of crap weasels

mac said...

Where is Sam these days? Clear evidence of Duke's complicity in the case. Are any of these intestinal parasites being sued individually? If not, why not?

Perhaps they could all brunch together with Jeremiah Wright, since they share similar delusions.

Anonymous said...

two words: Larry Summers

Anonymous said...

"One wonders why Duke persists in denying the truth ......"


Anonymous said...

Excellent job liestoppers. Superb summary. I sincerely hope the suits go to trial and these people are called to the stand. I would love to see them, under oath, testify to, and take responsibility for their actions ---- publicly!!

Anonymous said...

Fox is NOT a "Duke Professor". She is a "Visiting Instructor", academically the lowest of the lows, and certainly as such NOT on any regular rank at Duke.

Anonymous said...

In 2002, Faulkner and her family moved back to Durham, North Carolina, where she teaches creative writing at Duke.

Six years seems like a regular to me? But I will agree "she academically the lowest of the lows" but with the professors in Trinity College there doesn't seem to be many highs.

Anonymous said...

Super job, Liestoppers!

W. R. Chambers said...

for a definition of groupthink see:

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

These people will never be punished for their behavior but I would love to see them all take the stand and have to testify. At least they would squirm with some degree of public humiliation.

Anonymous said...

Can some body start a petition to sign to get the ball rolling? This bullshit has got to be organised and criminal.

Anonymous said...

These are evil people. I would not trust my child to spend one second at Duke University or in Durham. What hateful, evil bastards.

By the way, did you see the WRAL reporter banging a pot herself?

Anonymous said...

Forever captured on film, revealed as the (genuinely stupid) haters they are. Now they hide.

Anonymous said...

What a wicked thing that Faulkner Fox must be. She has kids of her own, yet she's out there trying to hurt other peoples' kids. She deserves lunatics potbanging outside her home for the rest of her life./////As for the weasel Sam Hummell, he is still listed on the AASHE website. His email is for Tyson and the contemptible Father Vetter, I think everyone at that "holy" Duke Divinity school needs constant emails asking when those two will apologize.

Anonymous said...

One of the best things my youngest daughter did was to turn down an unsolicited "invitation" to attend Duke's Engineering School. Not that this sort of crap could not happen on almost any major campus.

Anonymous said...

ANONYMOUS 2:04 said -

"Fox is NOT a "Duke Professor". She is a "Visiting Instructor", academically the lowest of the lows, and certainly as such NOT on any regular rank at Duke."

Actually, it is worse than that. She took five years to get her BA at 'Haavad', then two years later entered a PhD program at Yale (and no, that isn't a redneck telling someone to speak up), finished an MA a year later and apparently never finished her PhD. She left to become the state director of a (in my humble opinion) very questionable 501(c)(3)/(4) organization devoted to an openly pro-choice political agenda. In 1994, she married and moved to Austin TX. She finished a M.F.A. in poetry from Vermont College in 1997 (I could not find a specific school "Vermont College"...perhaps she is referring to the distnace learning center "Vermont College of the Union Institute and University " which is part of a large network of such centers. She has taught in various "adjunct" and "visiting" positions since she was at Yale. In other words, she has less academic credentials than many high school teachers that I know.

Her list of speeches and performances reads like a leftist political manifesto review.

Truly unimpressive

Anonymous said...

BA from Harvard - MA from Yale - that impresses me.

Anonymous said...

Sue 'em!

Anonymous said...

I have sent "proof" of my brother's beaten body, and BLUE blood to Joan Foster, Baldo, Quasimodo, Tony Soprano, abb, Jason Trumpbour, and several others, yet which of you will come forward and speak out on Jack's behalf?!

His death was a staged suicide involving shady LE, his body parts taken and SOLD, and not ONE of you gives a damn?!

You all take far too much time to dedicate to one case, when the line of crimes against many are just ignored! It is a sad statement that not only does the "legal system" not care, neither do the citizens!

Greg Baker from the FBI is a farce, Sheriff Hill is a sock puppet, Mayor Bell is a hack, and Mr Saacks is a POS just as his mentor Nifong was/is!

But I will tell you ALL this, if it was your loved one, would you FIGHT like we have for 3 needless long years to learn the TRUTH and seek JUSTICE as we have?!

My computer is being hacked, I have been threatened with DEATH, and you laugh?! You should be ashamed and Thank God that you are miles away and this is just a past time for you!

You mock our loss and pain, look the other way, and still manage to sleep at night?! Not only does our government have no conscience, neither do the "People?!"

We have had many people write on behalf of Jack to the Governor's Office, and the Sheriff's Office, to DEMAND an Internal Affair investigation, and to release to us ALL documentation of his case forthwith and without haste.

I am BEGGING for SERIOUS help from media and legal professionals to help us have JUSTICE for the life and blood of a man who made 2 grave mistakes, one is the marriage, the second is the city he called home!

Rhonda Fleming

How long will people go on endlessly about ONE case, when there is a PLETHORA of injustices that have yet to see the light of day?! Durham is a cesspool, you have sampled a small taste of their posion, have witnessed only a sample of the corruption, and where the hell is the NATIONAL outrage?!

Nifong gets ONE day in jail, Mike Owens also gets only ONE year, Gottleib and Hinman got paid off, and Elmos is hero of the year?!

Where is the ANGER and COURAGE to protest?! Why haven't you all spent some time contacting NC state officials, and Washington?!

They watch this site EACH day, from the Pentagon on down, and have destroyed my faith in the entire judicial system!

Many more people are suffering from their dirty deeds, and we weep each day and scream for JUSTICE to deaf ears! I don't care if you people hate me or not, I am here to get RESOLUTION for my brother's murder, and for Janet Araboa, and Michelle Young!

More innocent victims, our families and the community! How many more lives are being destroyed each day?! For the love of God people, WAKE UP, and take a STAND!

Rhonda Fleming

Report: Easley press office ordered e-mails deleted
Mar 29, 2008

RALEIGH, N.C. -- State government public information officers were instructed by Gov. Mike Easley's press office to delete e-mails to and from the governor's office, according to notes released Saturday by the governor's office.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Saturday that Andrew A. Vanore Jr., a lawyer who works for Easley, produced notes made by two public information officers. The notes showed that they and others were told at a meeting on May 29, 2007, to destroy e-mails. A third public information officer said he also recalled those instructions.

But Vanore said the notes don't mean what they say. He also said the instructions were not followed.

Easley's chief legal counsel, Reuben F. Young, has been vacationing with his family in China and could not be reached for comment. Deputy press secretary Seth Effron has been instructed by Vanore not to comment.

Questions about the way the Easley administration handles e-mails arose after publication of an N&O series, "Mental Disorder: The Failure of Reform." The series reported on an ill-conceived and poorly executed mental health reform plan on which the state has wasted at least $400 million.

Two days after the series ended, Easley ordered the Department of Health and Human Services to fire its public information officer, Debbie Crane. Later that day, Crane told The N&O that the governor's press office had directed that e-mails be deleted to bypass the state's public records law.

Young and Effron quickly denied that such instructions had been given.

Julia Jarema, public information officer at the Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, recorded this note for the meeting in question: "Public records request -- increasing careful of email delete emails to/from gov. office every day."

Diana Kees, public information officer at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, recorded this note: "emails - more & more public records requests (blogs?) be careful w/emails; delete emails to and from gov office every day."

Vanore said he did not know what the notes meant.

"It could be interpreted a number of different ways, and the only way to properly interpret it would be to talk to the individual who took the note," he said. But he said he had instructed all of the employees not to talk about that issue because the newspaper may file a lawsuit.

Vanore said the e-mail messages to and from the governor's press office were clear and irrefutable proof that there was no systematic intent to destroy e-mail.

Hugh Stevens, an attorney who represents The N&O, said the notes made by Jarema and Kees confirmed Crane's allegation.

"This sounds to me as though there was a concerted and willful attempt to evade the public records law by deleting the e-mails," he said. "I don't see how you can interpret it any other way."

Guess whose e-mails were deleted? OURS! I have had numerous people write to both Easley, and the Sheriff, for our case, and after being "blacklisted" from the county website and willingly negligent, here is more PROOF of the deliberate abuse of powers in public offices to purposely deny the public RIGHTS, and to perform MORE illegal and unconstitutional tactics to prevent being "OUTED!"


Rhonda Fleming
30th March 2008 15:36:29

Why don't you join the board and DO something instead of just watching! BASTARDS! (North Carolina Adminstrative Office Of The Courts)

North Carolina, Raleigh, United States, 17 returning visits

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30th March 2008 15:36:01

PROOF of the Sheriff's Office returning our e-mails:

MORE proof of the denial of the Sheriff's Office to take our complaints and requests! My God, they CANNOT get away with this!!!
Undeliverable: Mr Croft's death
"System Administrator" ..

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Where is our civil rights?!?!
Rhonda Fleming

Jail suicide prompts no policy changes
Mar 8, 2008

DURHAM -- Despite claims by inmates that a Durham County Jail prisoner spoke openly of suicidal tendencies and a discovery of suicide notes, officials say they received no such indications before the 27-year-old man ended his life.

And there are no plans for policy or structural changes at the jail, where fellow inmates found assault suspect Brian Lashand Rollins hanging from part of a window frame in his cell about 4 p.m. on Feb. 9. That was about 30 minutes after he'd last been seen alive, according to the report of his autopsy.

Days after the hanging death of Rollins, county leaders told The Herald-Sun they'd await the outcome of the Sheriff's Office investigation to determine if additional safety precautions were needed to ensure the jail was a safe place for its inmates.

According to Deputy County Manager Carolyn Titus, it is routine procedure for the Sheriff's Office to investigate a jailhouse death, ensure no foul play was involved and then recommend any adjustments that need to be made to the facility.

Titus said that the Sheriff's Office made no such recommendations and expressed confidence in the safety of inmates housed at the jail.

Rollins, a father of eight, was without a pulse when he was discovered. He was taken to Duke University Hospital, where he was declared brain dead the next morning and died a short time later.

He was found hanging from a window frame in his cell. But the Sheriff's Office says there is no need to adjust cells by removing items from which an inmate could be hanged. Sheriff's Office Investigator Tom Mellown, who investigated the case, said suicidal individuals can hang themselves from anything, so long as they can apply enough pressure to the neck to block the passage of air.

Yet in the past, the Sheriff's Office has requested money from the county to rid cells of vents based on the argument that the vents present a safety threat and an opportunity for hanging. Mellown, who as investigator has no part in budgeting, could not comment on those past requests, he said.

Mellown's criminal investigation into Rollins' death determined there was no foul play. From conversations with guards, jail employees and four or five inmates, Mellown determined there were no indications that the 27-year-old inmate was suicidal, he said.

One inmate did tell the investigator that Rollins never responded to him when he tried to chat with him from an adjacent cell. Another inmate told the investigator Rollins talked to him about wanting to end his life. But according to Mellown, the inmate said he never told any jail guards or officials of Rollins' intentions.

One inmate who was in the jail at the same time as Rollins told The Herald-Sun that, contrary to the Sheriff's Office's investigation, the troubled inmate told anyone who would listen that he wanted to end his life. But the guards, he claimed, were either too busy or didn't care and ignored Rollins' repeated pleas for help.

Rollins was distraught, the source said, over relationship issues involving a woman. Rollins was being held in the jail on a charge of assault on a female. His bond was $50,000. It was unclear whether the assault victim was the same woman with whom he was romantically involved.

According to the Sheriff's Office, no red flags arose during a 10-question psychological assessment that Rollins, like all inmates entering the jail, was subject to when he arrived at the facility Feb. 6.

Jail procedure calls for inmates to be administered the test only upon arrival, regardless of how long they are to be held in the jail. But if an inmate reaches out for help or if jail employees notice an inmate acting in a way that demonstrates his or her psychological state has changed, they will be referred for reassessment.

Rollins was not referred for any such assessment.

THIS is the SAME man who "INVESTIGATED" my brother's death, and you all still think HE and LE are to be trusted at all?!?!

AND, again, NO autopsy was done for my brother, AND we were LIED to and told one was done, plus threatened!!!!!

For the love of God people, DO SOMETHING!!!!


Rhonda Fleming

Anonymous said...

2:19 How about you start the petition?

Anonymous said...

How do I start one?

Anonymous said...

Rhonda - You will need to goggle and figure that out yourself. Maybe throwing yourself into a different project will help keep you from driving us crazy with your stuff. Are you 2:16?

Anonymous said...

How about you go goggle your own self, and I will continue to fight and stand up against corruption!

My brother was not only murdered, he also was chopped into pieces and sold to only God knows where! And the sick sad TRUTH is he is not the only one, and still happens every day!

Nobody wishes I was a liar than myself! You cannot begin to fathom what this has done to our family, and countless others! Stephen King could not write anything even close to the REAL bloody terrors that exist, and you are worth more dead than alive!

Think about that while you cuddle up all smug in your bed tonight, then thank God in the morning for your family, and be glad you are not me!

Rhonda Fleming
Durham SURVIVOR Until The End!

Anonymous said...

Oh yes, I can Rhonda - I lost my eldest son, so don't be thinking or writing that you and your mother are the only folk in eternal grief. What a pain in the neck, you are to this and other boards.

Anonymous said...

When are they going to get rid of that crazy woman?

You've got to be nuts to allow this to go on and on.

No doubt her brother was a lunatic as well.

Anonymous said...

Was your son murdered then chopped up and sold? WHO are YOU? If you don't like it, imagine if it was YOU! Is your heart that cold, or are you afraid of the truth???
Rhonda Fleming

Anonymous said...

Go to everlasting hell, you crazy abusive BITCH.

You're a damned nightmare.

Anonymous said...

LoL, even this deserves no, pardon the pun "reBUTTle!" Even still, may God bless you, whomever you are!

Anonymous said...

Houston Baker looks like James Earl Jones on acid.

Too bad because Jones is a fine actor and human being.

Bad luck to resemble a kook like Houston Baker.


Anonymous said...

"Stephen King could not write anything even close to the REAL bloody terrors that exist, and you are worth more dead than alive!"

Did you see 'The Mist?' There's a woman in that movie who reminds me of you.