Local News

Duke Profs Receive Racist E-Mail After Lacrosse Case

Posted April 23, 2007

Map Marker  Find News Near Me

— Duke University police are investigating death threats against professors who questioned racial attitudes on campus a year ago, shortly after a black woman accused three white Duke lacrosse players of sexually assaulting her.

The so-called "Group of 88" professors endorsed an advertisement in The Duke Chronicle newspaper that quoted students who talked candidly about racism on campus. Some readers said the faculty members were convicting the lacrosse players before they had been tried.

Prosecutors recently dropped all charges against the three players, saying there was no credible evidence that any assault occurred.

The professors denied theywere prejudging the players, but the ad was enough to spark violent, racist attacks against them in some Internet blogs.

The attacks have continued even as the case against the players has ended, said the professors, who didn't want to be identified for fear of instigating more threats. They said they receive about a half dozen threatening e-mails a day from unidentified senders.

"The white race is watching. I hope to see you hanging from a tree," reads one e-mail.

The professors said they also have received bizarre packages in the mail that they think were prompted by their endorsement of the newspaper ad.

Still, they said they don't regret endorsing the ad.

92 Comments

Please with your WRAL.com account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • hebejebe4 Apr 26, 2007

    Just don't send your kids to Duke.

  • cheekygreek Apr 25, 2007

    Cry babies,and they are usually the one's who use the terms,Ignorant,stupid,etc.I have compiled a list of the times my post was removed,and then the next person who left a post,It seems to always be the same 3 every time.

  • Thornedwolf Apr 24, 2007

    ok
    Who the hell is going around getting all the posts removed? WRAL STOP THEM!!

  • AmericanPie Apr 24, 2007

    The Racist 88 crying racism...hmmm. Guess they don't like people rushing to jugdement. Duke University does a true injustice to alumni, current students and the few decent professors left there. This whole incident has revealed a very ugly reality that the "African American community" (as they call themselves) needs to face- black Americans are just as racist (if not more) than white Americans and right now the black community owes some apologies. Starting with Al Sharp, Jessie Jackson, NAACP, black panthers and the Duke 88- however, the "non-community" members of this country realize it will be a cold day in hades before that happens. YES, we have serious race relation problems in this country but until we ALL get honest about it nothing will change. Duke 88- do the honorable thing- apologize then resign, Brodhead needs to lead the way out the door. Shame on Duke University staff memebers, shame on Duke 88!!!

  • Thornedwolf Apr 24, 2007

    I relized that and what I find funny was that I was not going aginst the general veiw of the thread, all I said was that one these professors are foolish in saying they didnt prejudge (bs they did.) Im sure quite a few did includeing myself when I heard the first story rape you are predisposition to judge the media ensures it! Though it only took a little bit of time before it became evident that the girl was lieing. At that time the Proffessors should of came out with an apology the longer they go standing behind what they did and claim that it was not a act of prematurely judgeing the longer they alow themselves open for critisim. Oh yeah and leave themselves open targets for racisit people. (They do exist, though in my last post this was a bit shorter and I left it in a slight sarcastic tone, still NONE OFFENSIVE, NORE IRRELIVENT.)

  • cheekygreek Apr 24, 2007

    sean_kelly15 :You really need to figure out why it seemed so important for you to correct me on "our law enforcement".I don't get it???I don't give a hoo haa, they are wasting money.ECU has campus police and I can tell you ,they have more jurisdiction than you would think.The email wasn't even that bad.Send the emails to Crystal G. Mangum !!!!

  • ROCC Apr 24, 2007

    Part of the letter - "We’re turning up the volume in a moment when some of the most vulnerable among us are being asked to quiet down while we wait. To the students speaking individually and to the protestors making collective noise, thank you for not waiting and for making yourselves heard." So what were the protestors protesting?? They had already decided the students were guilty, and these professors THANKED them for voicing what they felt instead of asking them to wait until the Lacrosse players had their day in court. The Duke 88 encouraged the rush to judgement. They were wrong and they just can't admit it.

  • and4what Apr 24, 2007

    I agree they were owed apologies and I havent heard any yet! PLUS! My freedom of speech! If it was a white girl that said some Black guys had raped her, OMG they would have been marchin and raisin all sorts of crap. LOOK they were innocent! LET IT GO! She only done it cause they were white and shes black, she couldnt even keep her story straight........ Im not racest but seems to me alot of people are still to this day! I have no problem with blacks, its the mexicans I dont like! Y cant we all just get along?

  • blueridgelab Apr 24, 2007

    Sorry. I can't say anything positive about this article. Or the 88.

  • tarheel1980 Apr 24, 2007

    Where are the apologies from the 88. They were clearly wrong about the Lacrosse Players. I submit that they are getting these emails due to their own arrogance.

More...