Thursday, March 23, 2006

Iris, Dionne, and Tanika

Two defendants in the Minnesota Vikings "Love Boat" scandal are alleging racial discrimination. They claim that black football players were charged, but white boat employees were not.

I wonder what color the, um, dancers were. Recall that the "courtesan" from the incident, who was interviewed on KSTP, is black. And the apparent list of dancers' names found in the trash included names like "Iris," "Dionne," and "Tanika." Those may very well be stage names, given their occupation.

None of this is to say that a white boat captain would not be attracted to a black woman. But if the dancers were exclusively one race, it could say something about whom they were hired to, um, entertain. And it may bolster the claim that the boat employees' conduct was minor compared to the players and spurred on by peer pressure. If the women were hired to entertain veteran players, who are mostly black, it makes sense that the defendants would be black. This, coupled with the remorse of the boat employees, should be enough to defeat a claim of selective prosecution based on race. A clearer cut case of discrimination would be if (equally famous) white players were involved in lewd behavior, but were not criminal prosecuted.

On the other hand, this would be a wonderful opportunity for the legal system to alleviate some white guilt. By dismissing some misdemeanor indeceny charges, the system gets to be racially sensitive without releasing violent criminals onto the street. Unfortunately, the alleged claims by female boat employees that they were sexually harassed would be swept under the rug. If the legal system alleviates some white guilt, it may create some male guilt that will have to be alleviated in the future.


Blogger Derek Jensen said...

Swanson is Swedish for "Bunker"

March 23, 2006 3:40 PM  

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