BYU exhaustively investigated the alleged racist comments at a two-week-old volleyball match and could find no evidence that the slurs took place.
Remember, the claim was that racial slurs were shouted “throughout the entirety of the match.” There was no evidence that even one racial slur ever took place.
The result is certain to disappoint race hustlers, progressive Church members and ex-Mormons, who could never have imagined a more perfect scenario than a black female volleyball player coming to BYU and claiming constant racism. Unfortunately for these charlatans, BYU fans are just like most Church members, ie, good people who leave the racist slurs to MSNBC commentators. Meanwhile, Duke is continuing its history as the school of woke hoaxes.
From the BYU statement on its investigation:
We reviewed all available video and audio recordings, including security footage and raw footage from all camera angles taken by BYUtv of the match, with broadcasting audio removed (to ensure that the noise from the stands could be heard more clearly). We also reached out to more than 50 individuals who attended the event: Duke athletic department personnel and student-athletes, BYU athletic department personnel and student-athletes, event security and management and fans who were in the arena that evening, including many of the fans in the on-court student section.
From our extensive review, we have not found any evidence to corroborate the allegation that fans engaged in racial heckling or uttered racial slurs at the event. As we stated earlier, we would not tolerate any conduct that would make a student-athlete feel unsafe. That is the reason for our immediate response and our thorough investigation.
Well-meaning and reasonable people knew this was probably the case right after the allegation was made. It is simply not likely that fans at BYU would scream racial epithets “throughout the entirety of the match” without school security and other fans doing something about it.
Sorry progmos, race hustlers and exmos! Sucks to be you.
It is so typical of the progressive media to promote racism when there is none. Conservative Christians hate racism as do most other God loving people.
I want to believe that something was misheard and misunderstood due to differing regional accents.
When someone from the deep rural south says “HAI-um”, a Jewish person from New York may think they are saying a man’s name, Chaim.
When the Jewish person from New York says “hem”, the rural southerner may think they mean the hem of a dress or pant leg.
But HAI-um and hem are two ways to say “ham”, the pork product.
Book, that is a charitable way to look at it, and charity is always a good thing. I think the likelihood that the Duke volleyball player (Rachel Richardson) completely invented that she heard *something* is probably not reasonable. She probably heard something. But here is what she wrote:
“Friday night in our match against Brigham Young University my fellow African American teammates and I were targeted and racially heckled throughout the entirety of the match,” Richardson said. “The slurs and comments grew into threats which caused us to feel unsafe. Both of the officials and BYU coaching staff were made aware of the incident during the game, but failed to take the necessary steps to stop the unacceptable behavior and create a safe environment…They also failed to adequately address the situation immediately following the game when it was brought to their attention again. No athlete, regardless of their race should ever be subject to such hostile conditions.”
That is a bit more than “hearing something.” She heard something and then invented a lot of other things that did not happen. Based on the video and audio evidence and the testimonies of others at the venue, there is simply no chance, none, that she was heckled “throughout the entirety of the match.” There is no chance that those comments “grew into threats.” The evidence also shows that BYU immediately responded by putting police near the stands, so her claims that BYU didn’t do anything about it are obviously false.
All of us have been put in situations where we feel unsafe or strange or threatened, and when we are in those situations we sometimes exaggerate and invent things. If we want to see Ms. Richardson in the most charitable light, this is probably what happened. But when our exaggerations have an affect on other people, it is probably best to return to the truth. I am glad BYU did a thorough investigation so that the truth could come out.
Well written Geoff and “Sucks to be you” was a fitting and funny ending.
I can only imagine the frame of mind Rachel Richardson was in during the days leading up to her trip to “white” Provo, groomed as she was by woke friends and family members.
I just read a good and comprehensive article in the Carolina Journal, titled “Duke must answer for false race allegation” by Dallas Woodhouse.
Being a Latter-day Saint individual or institution has been a defensive game since 1820.
There is a really good article in a magazine that I read, called ‘The Divided Brain and the Divided Culture’ (Peter Murphy, Quadrant, May 2022). It’s about how the current popular culture is like a left hemisphere brain that’s become separated from the right, and tries to make sense of things on its own. But it works in absolutes, makes quick decisions based on whatever data it perceives in the moment, and has a narrow and highly-focused attention. The right hemisphere discerns patterns in the ‘big picture’. It looks for context and meaning. The left hemisphere wants certainties and action ‘right now’. (There’s a connection here… getting there).
“Big trouble begins we start making exaggerated inferences. What the left hemisphere does is to fill in gaps that it has no idea about. It does this partly out of the archaic survival impulsion to ‘do something now’. It tells itself that it knows more than it actually does in order to satisfy the need for certainty. … As G. K. Chesterton observed, a madman is someone who has lost everything but their reasno. This is so because the left hemisphere’s reason often passes into fantasy.”
“The left hemisphere… has a paradoxical tendency to segue from the limited purview of reason into the unlimited mindset of fantasy. Observation turns readily into illusion and pretence. Consequently rationalism (reason that is not precisely targeted) lends itself to crazy beliefs, utopias and dystopias. This happens because the left hemisphere likes to cover over gaps in its knowledge. Chief among the ways it does this is by confabulating.”
So a person who believes wholly in the idea that there is racism everywhere, that some people are ‘privileged’ and others not, that a place like BYU is going to be a hotbed of such racism and privilege because of prejudiced ideas the person/others have about it, etc., is probably expecting to experience it. So that, perhaps, they invent it where it doesn’t exist – in part because it doesn’t make sense to their rational brain, steeped in this ideology, that it wouldn’t. That they could go a whole match without it occurring. Whether they actually, literally, hear or experience it or not, they’ll make it up, and feel justified, because it’s the reality anyway. The people there deserve to be ‘called out’ and punished, because they’re already culpable. It’s ‘justice’, however correct or pretended the visitor’s account of events is.
I also think it’s an example of what happens you’ve placed yourself firmly into the role of a victim – the thing that’s currently seen as most noble, besides abasing yourself because you’re a perpetrator by default. You’ll see enemies everywhere, and interpret everything by this conviction/role. You’re African American in a world of racist (meaning, in this sense, a mean, bigoted human who thinks people with darker skin than them are inferior and actively oppresses them or wants them to be oppressed) pale-skinned people, so you’ll read harm and oppression and so on into all sorts of things where they don’t exist. Someone might have made a remark against the opposing team having nothing to do with ‘race’, and that girl interpreted it as racist, and then was primed to hear all sorts of other things as racist.
That’s my loooong analysis from afar .
(There’s supposed to be a ‘when’ after ‘Big trouble begins’, and of course, ‘reasno’ is ‘reason’).