Wednesday, December 10, 2014

"Wrongly Disbelieving"

"Ultimately, the costs of wrongly disbelieving a survivor far outweigh the costs of calling someone a rapist. Even if Jackie fabricated her account, U-Va. should have taken her word for it during the period while they endeavored to prove or disprove the accusation. This is not a legal argument about what standards we should use in the courts; it’s a moral one, about what happens outside the legal system.

The accused would have a rough period. He might be suspended from his job; friends might defriend him on Facebook. In the case of Bill Cosby, we might have to stop watching his shows, consuming his books or buying tickets to his traveling stand-up routine. But false accusations are exceedingly rare, and errors can be undone by an investigation that clears the accused, especially if it is done quickly."
Zerlina Maxwell, Washington Post

"What's Going On"

How does it feel to be lied to
. . By so many
. . For so long?
It's your job now to find what's true
To figure out what's going on.
December 10, 2014

Monday, December 08, 2014

"We Are Starving"

"Universally, it was, ‘We are starving. We are hungry. This isn’t enough food for us.’ But we couldn’t blame them, because I looked at that school lunch and said, ‘I wouldn’t eat it either.'"
Jeremy Smith, business manager
Sheridan County District One, Wyoming