Disgraced Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong (D) will resign regardless of the decision of the North Carolina State Bar Association as to his future.
“It has become increasingly apparent during the course of this week, in some ways that it may not have been before, that my presence as the district attorney in Durham is not furthering the cause of justice,” Nifong said. “It is not fair that the people of my community to be representing by someone who is not held in high esteem by either the members of the community or members of the profession.
“It does not contribute to the cause of justice in Durham for me to serve as the sitting district attorney for every time I walk into the courtroom [there are] people pointing a finger at me and saying there’s the guy in the Duke Lacrosse case.”
Duke University President Richard Brodhead had the following reaction to Nifong’s announcement today:
“Mr. Nifong brought great harm to these Duke students and their families, to the Durham community, and to Duke University and all who care about it. Even though his decision to resign comes under threat of sanctions by the North Carolina State Bar, I welcome it. It sets the stage for a healing process to which we all are committed.”
Brodhead should be the next to resign.
But closely far behind should be all 88 members of the Duke faculty who engaged in the most hysterical, race-baiting and disgusting efforts to convict the Duke players and the University itself in the public domain. Here’s a sample of the so-called Group of 88’s “Listening Statement.”
We are listening to our students. We’re also listening to the Durham community, to Duke staff, and to each other. Regardless of the results of the police investigation, what is apparent everyday now is the anger and fear of many students who know themselves to be objects of racism and sexism, who see illuminated in this moment’s extraordinary spotlight what they live with everyday. They know that it isn‘t just Duke, it isn‘t everybody, and it isn‘t just individuals making this disaster.
But it is a disaster nonetheless.
These students are shouting and whispering about what happened to this young woman and to themselves.
. . .We want the absence of terror. But we don’t really know what that means . . . We can’t think. That’s why we’re so silent; we can’t think about what’s on the other side of this. Terror robs you of language and you need language for the healing to begin.
Unfortunately these days, America’s universities rarely do the right thing and show accountability. One can only hope there would be 89 more resignations following Nifong’s. It would be true justice.