However, it is apparently different when the accused is a multi-million dollar black quarterback. The NACCP today released an announcement calling for Michael Vick's reinstatement in the NFL, preferably with the Atlanta Falcons, after he does his prison time in the dog-fighting case.
"As a society, we should aid in his rehabilitation and welcome a new Michael Vick back into the community without a permanent loss of his career in football," said R.L. White, president of the NAACP's Atlanta chapter. "We further ask the NFL, Falcons, and the sponsors not to permanently ban Mr. Vick from his ability to bring hours of enjoyment to fans all over this country."
I see. So a millionaire black athlete who is convicted of criminal behavior should getg multiple chances to redeem himself and society should not judge him as a result of his own actions, freely taken. But white college boys from Duke University should not only not get any such second chances, they should be imprisoned as a result of false charges, a police department that is clearly out of control and a rogue prosecutor?
I think the NAACP has some explaining to do. Unless of course, it really is all about race.
UPDATE: The link that quotes the NAACP's memorandum on the falsely accused Duke athletes is courtesy of Professor K.C. Johnson's incredible Durham-in-Wonderland blog. For a complete picture of the entire Duke Rape Hoax, Professor Johnson, along with fellow stalwarts John in Carolina and Lie Stoppers have been unceasing in their pursuit of the truth.