Duke must answer for false race allegation
It’s been nearly two weeks since BYU women’s volleyball fans were accused of repeated acts of racism by Duke University during a game.
After two weeks with no evidence that this horrific allegation happened, Duke University is forced to fully admit the toxic and inflammatory allegation that the Duke University women’s volleyball team was harassed at several times with racial epithets during a game with BYU in Provo, Utah is false. Obviously wrong.
Duke volleyball player Rachel Richardson posted on Twitter that she was targeted and “racially heckled” during the away game at BYU’s Smith Fieldhouse.
After this allegation was reported in hundreds of newspapers and on national television, there is not a single shred of evidence that this happened. Worse still, a mountain of evidence refutes the allegation. The claim that a fan or fans shouted the “N” word multiple times at Richardson did not and could not have happened.
Altogether, Richardson and Duke appear to have falsely accused:
- An autistic man who is described as “mentally retarded” and disabled to be the culprit.
- BYU students generally shout racial epithets and allow others to do so.
- BYU administrators to take no immediate action after being made aware of the allegations during the game.
Duke University, whose lacrosse team has been falsely accused of racially tinged sexual violence causing extensive harm to the accused and the university, has a greater responsibility and duty than any institution of higher learning in America to set the record straight and admit that persistent racial heckling has not happened.
As Amber Athey reported, “the story seems to have less evidence than the rape allegations once made against members of her school’s lacrosse team.”
Texas attorney Lesa Pamplin, who is running for a circuit court judgeship in Fort Worth, Texas, and is Richardson’s godmother, was the first person to post on social media about the incident.
Lesa Pamplin wrote on Twitter: “My goddaughter is the only black starter on the Dukes volleyball team. Playing yesterday, she was called an*g*er every time she served. She was threatened by a white man who told her to watch her towards the team bus. A policeman had to be placed next to their bench.
The godmother was not present at the match. As reported by Outkicked, the godmother is a candidate for public office in Texas and has a concerning history when it comes to racial strife and language.
Rachel Richardson, 19, a sophomore majoring in neuroscience at Duke University,
Insults and comments turned into threats that made us feel unsafe,” Richardson wrote, saying BYU coaches and game officials were made aware of the incident but “did not take action. necessary to stop the unacceptable behavior.
They also failed to adequately respond to the situation immediately after the game when it was again brought to their attention,” she wrote. No athlete, regardless of race, should ever be subjected to such hostile conditions.
Richardson’s father told WTVD, “That wasn’t the whole story. There wasn’t just one person in those days who was doing that,” he said.
Duke University declined to comment for this story.
Rachel Richardson expanded on her claims in an interview with ESPN that someone in BYU’s student section shouted the N-word whenever she was in a duty position.
In the fourth set, we went back to that side, and it was almost like the vibe in the student section had changed,” she told ESPN. “Even my black teammates who were on the bench , who don’t play, they were being called out, singled out and it was really confusing to know why.That’s when the racial slurs and the heckling became more and more intense.
I heard a very loud, negative racial slur…so I served the ball, finished the game. And then the next time I went back to serve, I heard it again extremely clearly, but it It was endgame,” she said, adding that the BYU section had become “more extreme, more intense.
Richardson and Duke “identified” a man they believed was responsible for shouting the word, and BYU immediately announced that he was banned from BYU.
Richardson told ESPN that the man who was eventually banned from BYU athletics was recording things on his phone, and “we were just very uncomfortable with him in particular.”
The last part of this statement is troubling as I will explain.
After the game, when the autistic man approached a Duke player, Richardson and Duke suddenly recognized the disabled man’s “voice” as the same one that was shouting insults. They never saw or pointed to a face, just a voice.
BYU Athletics appeared to agree with Richardson’s assertion of racial slurs in a official statement on Twitter stating that they had “banned a fan identified by Duke during last night’s volleyball game from all BYU sports venues”.
After the inflammatory allegations were made, the story broke, however, the Salt Lake Tribune said it could not verify significant details of Richardson’s story.
Campus police who reviewed video of the game and could not verify any eyewitness accounts of Richardson’s harassment. Video of the entire match is posted on the internet and has been reviewed frame by frame. There is no evidence that the “N” word was ever shouted by anyone.
BYU’s conservative, independent student newspaper was the first news source to report that the entire slew of allegations were false.
Video of the match shows that Rachael Richardson served for the ROC side (student section) four times in the match, twice in the second set and twice in the fourth. A policeman can be seen standing near the ROC section watching the students as Richardson serves in the fourth set.
The Cougar Chronicle was unable to find a source in the student section who could corroborate Richardson’s claim that racial slurs were shouted at him. They found countless people who attended the game and said it didn’t happen.
Security and game video cleared the autistic man. He was not sitting in the student section when the insults allegedly took place.
I note here that the innocent was “identified” because she recognized his voice after the game. She “heard it”, but could not identify anyone on sight. When interviewed by ESPN a few days later, she said the man who was eventually banned from BYU athletics was recording things on his phone and “we were just really uncomfortable with him in particular”. So she didn’t know the man’s face after the game but somehow saw him recording it?
As noted by Dessert News:
There is no moral ambiguity about what has been alleged. The language we are talking about is odious to sensible Americans.
But two weeks into this story, we still don’t have proof beyond the player’s testimony.
Even if you’re wary of BYU’s review of its video footage, which found no evidence of racial heckling, it’s hard to imagine being around someone behaving like that without someone noticing. confront it or film it, especially in the student section.
Richardson’s assertion that BYU did not take immediate action also appears to be false. Police reports say an officer has been moved to the area, along with several other sports personnel.
I told athletic staff I had never heard a single racist comment, the officer wrote in his report. The officer reported that he also spoke to other people who said they did not hear any insults.
Several news outlets reported that BYU’s men’s basketball team, which has several African-American players, sat in the student section and said they hadn’t heard any racial epithets either.
BYU’s athletic department did his university a disservice by immediately announcing that a fan had been banned without due process. BYU’s student newspaper quoted an unnamed source within BYU’s athletic department who later said:
BYU Athletics staff reviewed footage of the entire game, and the man identified by Duke was never seated in the student section. His story doesn’t match, BYU banned an innocent man to appease the mob and make their PR mess go away.
Announcing that the ventilator was “banned”, the media had no reason to question the story. The North Carolina media covered the allegation extensively, but we were able to find evidence that major North Carolina news outlets were reporting significant evidence that refute the allegations. Their readers and viewers deserve the whole story.
The damage is extensive for BYU students and the school. The NCAA champion women’s basketball team from South Carolina has already called off a game at BYU this season. Some South Carolina lawmakers criticized the move as an “ill-advised overreaction to a seemingly flawed claim.”
I doubt it’s an intentional lie, a hoax. I suspect Richardson honestly believed something had been said. Then the incident was fueled by hardcore press and cheerleading from her family, leading to a serious case of confirmation bias.
An interview with USA Today gives some clues about Richardson’s state of mind:
“This is an opportunity to dig deep into closed cultures that condone amoral racist acts, such as those on display Friday night, and change them for the better,” Richardson said. “It is not enough to indicate that you are not racist, rather you must demonstrate that you are anti-racist.”
The problem is that the demand for “amoral racist acts” far exceeds the actual supply.
The North Carolina media should raise doubts about the incident and ask Duke what they are going to do about it? So far, WRAL has published eight articles, roughly the same for News and Observer. As of press time, neither outlet has released an update questioning the accusations.
Duke needs to sit down with Richardson and talk about the fact that there is no evidence of slurs being used. She could point out that she probably hadn’t heard things clearly in the heat of the moment.
Duke must withdraw his statement after the incident:
Duke Volleyball faced targeted racism last weekend during our game at Smith Fieldhouse on the BYU campus. Friday night, immediate action was taken by our student-athletes and staff to address the horrific circumstances, which included racial slurs and threats…
Duke can support his player but must recognize that there is no proof that these events occurred. If that doesn’t happen soon, Richardson and Duke will turn this from a terrible misunderstanding to a scurrilous lie.
The truth matters. No one should know this more than Duke University.