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Was Nifong Motivated by Duke-UNC Rivalry?

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A great book came out last year called To Hate Like This Is to Be Happy Forever, by Will Blythe (yes, a friend), about the undying rivalry between Duke and the University of North Carolina. The rivalry goes way beyond sports. It’s class and culture. Duke the entitled, UNC the downtrodden. And yes it’s racial, too.

I noticed during Nifong’s testimony last week that he went to UNC. Is it possible that the Duke prosecution came out of this ancient and bitter rivalry? He was taking on rich Duke kids on behalf of poor black North Carolinians… Where are our cultural commentators?

Philip Weiss

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