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Meanwhile, Back On Campus...

In the light of the stunning comments by Attorney General Roy Cooper, most people will accept that dropping the charges is the right thing to do. Yet some people have a hard time making ideology subservient to truth, and, most regrettably, some of them teach at Duke.

Our guess is that when students go to class Thursday and Friday, the case will naturally be discussed, as it should be. Yet in some classrooms, ideological commitments will overrule reason, and your professors will either shift their argument to fit their ideology or will simply refuse to accept the dismissal of charges. In some cases, as Karla Holloway reminded us earlier, your professors will argue that the court/legal system is not a way to determine truth.


If anyone tries to tell you that the case should still go to trial, we'd hope you would have the courage to point out that: there is no physical evidence, that Mangum's account conflicts with her own phone records and her various accounts conflict with one another, and that the Attorney General clearly questioned her mental well-being.

There is a schism at Duke which will take time to heal, but it certainly won't heal by denying reality. There is no reason why any student should hesitate to question a professor who cannot face up to reality. In fact, we would argue that it is your duty to do so.