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Hate Hoax: BYU Concludes Investigation Into Racial Slurs Allegedly Shouted At Duke Volleyball Player, Finds Nothing

Hate Hoax: BYU Concludes Investigation Into Racial Slurs Allegedly Shouted At Duke Volleyball Player, Finds Nothing

“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.”

BYU offered a tortured, struggle session “report” on their investigation into the alleged racial slurs allegedly yelled at Duke women’s volleyball player Rachel Richardson.  As we’ve previously noted, there was no evidence that this ever happened, but BYU continued to investigate and reported their findings (it didn’t happen).

Via the BYU statement (archive link):

As part of our commitment to take any claims of racism seriously, BYU has completed its investigation into the allegation that racial heckling and slurs took place at the Duke vs. BYU women’s volleyball match on August 26. 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.

I wouldn’t hold my breath on U. South Carolina retracting its virtue-signalling cancellation of scheduled BYU games, either.

On the bright side, BYU lifted the ban on the mentally challenged fan they originally tried to (falsely) blame for the incident (that apparently never happened). Of course, they knew at the time that he was not responsible and evidently hoped that unfairly and unethically banning him would make their problems go away. At least they reversed the ban.

BYU continues:

As a result of our investigation, we have lifted the ban on the fan who was identified as having uttered racial slurs during the match. We have not found any evidence that that individual engaged in such an activity. BYU sincerely apologizes to that fan for any hardship the ban has caused.

They could have, and should have, stopped there, but they carry on for a few paragraphs of cringe-worthy racist/anti-racist struggle session nonsense. Here’s just a bit of it:

Our fight is against racism, not against any individual or any institution. Each person impacted has strong feelings and experiences, which we honor, and we encourage others to show similar civility and respect. We remain committed to rooting out racism wherever it is found. We hope we can all join together in that important fight.

There will be some who assume we are being selective in our review. To the contrary, we have tried to be as thorough as possible in our investigation, and we renew our invitation for anyone with evidence contrary to our findings to come forward and share it.

I’ll be so happy when this crazy “we hate racism and will root it out wherever we find it, even if we don’t actually find it. And stuff” nonsense comes to an end. It’s ludicrous and debasing (the latter being the point, of course).

Everyone except actual racists dislikes racism and rejects its adherents. Being forced or pressured to constantly state that is submission to a wrong-headed ideology that literally states that every white person is racist, subconsciously or otherwise, and if you don’t think you’re racist, that’s evidence you are. So it’s ridiculous to keep bleating about how much you are opposed to racism when saying it just proves you’re racist. Enough with this lunacy.


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I think that makes the score 2,497 fake racial events, 0 real racial events

    Milhouse in reply to Skip. | September 10, 2022 at 11:56 pm

    That is not true. Real racial events happen. Some have even been highly publicized. But in general, when there’s a highly publicized event, especially on a university campus, hoax is the way to bet.

      scooterjay in reply to Milhouse. | September 11, 2022 at 7:11 am

      Samantha Josephson unavailable for comment.

      Dimsdale in reply to Milhouse. | September 11, 2022 at 10:52 am

      The number of actual events never live up to the racist hype. Additionally, the schools and the media act, or react, without any investigation or evidence.

      Scream, point, find out its wrong, then down the memory hole.

      Too bad the internet never forgets.

        Milhouse in reply to Dimsdale. | September 11, 2022 at 11:01 am

        Of course they don’t. Did I suggest otherwise? But it is completely wrong to claim that actual events don’t exist. Unfortunately they do, even on campuses, and even sometimes attract major attention. So when something like this happens you can’t just automatically dismiss it as a hoax. That’s the most likely answer, but once in a while it will be real.

        It’s the same thing as campus rape. Nobody denies that rapes actually do happen at universities. But not nearly at the level that we are told they do.

    Milhouse in reply to Skip. | September 11, 2022 at 12:02 am

    Speaking of which, we haven’t discussed the alleged “death threats” against Mikey Weinstein, but if I were a cop investigating them my number one suspect would be Weinstein.

    henrybowman in reply to Skip. | September 11, 2022 at 2:59 pm

    469, by one semi-official count.

Notice the weasel words that they use.

They’re not saying that she’s a liar, or that it simply didn’t happen.

No, they were ‘unable to find supporting evidence of racial slurs’. And then spend half their statement whining about racism in general.

The guy they banned should sue them immediately.

    Trolls are busy today.

    Milhouse in reply to Olinser. | September 11, 2022 at 12:00 am

    I can’t see what grounds he would have to sue them. They never accused him of having shouted racial slurs; his ban was for an unspecified reason. And they have the right to ban anyone they like, for any reason, so the ban itself is not grounds for a lawsuit.

      Because we do not live in a black letter law system we have a system of judges and juries and centuries of common law to make sure we are enforcing the spirit of the law.

      They very clearly tried to make people think he was a racist screaming racial slurs in order to satisfy a mob, and they did it very openly.

      There are more legalistic systems that ignore the spirit of the law and, that isn’t ours and BYU very clearly was saying he did it.

        Milhouse in reply to Danny. | September 11, 2022 at 11:04 am

        That is wrong. Our system is very much about the letter of the law, and the fact is that BYU was always careful not to accuse him of anything. They cannot be sued for an implication they went out of their way to avoid, just because some idiots didn’t pay any attention to what they said.

          malclave in reply to Milhouse. | September 11, 2022 at 5:02 pm

          “Our system is very much about the letter of the law”

          Only in theory. In practice, the law is just a tool to bludgeon crimethinkers.

          Our system is letter of the law? You do realize what the difference between a Roman Law and Common Law system is yes? You are aware of 200 years of legal change without any congressional involvement happening at all levels of the law yes? You are aware of how little overlap there is between what say the 1st amendment meant in 1800 vs today right?

          You could say you wish we had adopted a Roman Law system but we didn’t.

          Milhouse in reply to Milhouse. | September 12, 2022 at 7:20 pm

          The common law is about the letter of the law too. Those letters are just written by courts rather than legislators.

          First judges don’t write laws they write decisions in cases that will at times be binding on future cases unless another judge finds a different legal logic that in a compelling way overturns the prior decision (see the focus in the Roe v Wade arguments on proving the original decision was a bad one). Make no mistake however a judge is always applying what the law is even when his/her decision causes a change in its interpretation. Laws are reinterpreted all the time for new situations that the framers of the law didn’t imagine would be possible, or in the case of the constitution reinterpreted for much greater consistency as society changes and judges have to reinterpret the law to figure out the spirit of the law to determine what would be meant for unforeseen circumstances.

          This is a large part of the reason we have judges in the first place.

          I promise you if say Alabama decided to create a state church it would be struck down by a court in ten seconds and the supreme court would uphold the striking down.

          Multiple states had state churches after the constitution was ratified and the constitution has not been modified in that regard since passing (1st is the same text it was at the time).

          The reason that would be struck down is because……the law evolves and a black letter law argument that the spirit of the law as determined over a very long period of time doesn’t count would just make a judge laugh in your face.

          By the way BYU actually in its statement made it extremely clear it agrees with me that it did defame the man they arbitrarily punished; and apologized for the defamation.

          BYU is lucky the investigation proved the incident never happened quickly because if damages had been made that man would have had a fantastic lawsuit.

          With the common law judges reinterpret laws and apply that interpretation. A university trying to make it clear someone is so racist they scream the N word at black people if they are in close proximity…..any judge would reject a black letter argument that we didn’t make the claim in this situation (and so to does BYU, which has openly admitted that is what they did).

          Every single defense attorney says “Just use your common sense” as do scores of prosecutors. There is very good reason for the popularity of that line.

    pst314 in reply to Olinser. | September 11, 2022 at 7:57 am

    “Unable to find evidence” is standard for any investigating body.

I think they actually did a pretty good job with those statements….they are “tortured” as you say, but they leave the left no grounds for calling it a cover-up, and I love the emphatic calls at the end for evidence to be provided that counters the results thus far.

This is a time-honored but annoying tradition in higher ed called closing all of the excuse-making loopholes. Having dealt with whiny students for years, they are pretty much experts at a high level of concern trolling.

Duke volleyball player and everyone else who jumped on this stupid bandwagon will only double and triple down now. We live in a fact-absent society. Only feelings count.

I hear this young woman slurred some Jews an Arabs. Consequences?

Same ol’, same ol’

This is volleyball, not LaCross, even if Duke is a part.

It doesn’t matter. The accusation was wonderful and valuable because it provided a teachable moment.

    Even if the incident did not occur, BYU should cancel classes for a week and give mandatory seminars on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (separated by race, of course) to combat the structural racism that led to the poor victim from Duke making the accusation.

I’m just shocked that someone would claim a racist incident that didn’t happen.

Well, I would be if this wasn’t case number 8,432,595,324.

Can’t they find one real racist anywhere?

Can’t they find one real racist anywhere?

They can start by looking at the person who made the racist false accusation.

Someone suggested they were yelling “cougars”, which was interpreted… misinterpreted (e.g. diversity/racism motive) as “niggars”. An acute homonyphobic reaction, perhaps.

That said, in the absence of evidence, a probable back… black hole… whore h/t NAACP incident. Perhaps a salivary projectile that never was. A transphobic incident and drug deal gone bad in a couplet. A handmade tale to exploit for leverage and profit.

I say they found something important and that is the accuser was wrong.

“ We remain committed to rooting out racism wherever it is found. ”

You found it, BYU. The Duke volleyball player is a racist. Now do something about it.

When the supply of racial events do not meet the demand, race baiters just make some up. Hustlers gonna hustle, liars gonna lie.

BYU shoulda investigated the Dookies to determine whether Magette and Fairfax attacked the 2 black successful female grad students – an accusation that kept lord Fairfax from replacing coon man as VA gov but/ and never looked into by MSM Duke admin or most impt Saint Coach K – for ob reasons.

Racism, by definition is a two-way street. The example of racism in this case is that the University of South Carolina has cancelled basketball games with BYU.

    Milhouse in reply to lawgrad. | September 11, 2022 at 11:06 am

    How is that racism? The cancellation is because of a false accusation, not because they’ve got some objection to the BYU team’s race/s!

      MrPeabody in reply to Milhouse. | September 11, 2022 at 2:01 pm

      “The cancellation is because of a false accusation…”

      Not just a false accusation, but a false accusation of “a racial slur”. That’s why the title of this article is “Hate Hoax.”

      A hate hoax is a hoax that occurs “when someone fabricates a crime and blames it on another person because of their race.”

      Otherwise, the false accusation would just be a “hoax”.

        Milhouse in reply to MrPeabody. | September 12, 2022 at 7:50 pm

        You are completely missing the point. It doesn’t matter what kind of false accusation. Neither making nor believing it is itself racist.

Opposing fans should chant “Jussie” whenever this lying bitch serves the ball.

The Duke volleyball player who made the false allegations of racism against the spectators may have committed a violation of Duke’s Code of Conduct for Students. Duke needs to investigate this and impose whatever discipline is appropriate, if any.

Like almost every other race incident this didn’t happen, and absence of evidence is evidence of absence. Supposedly a magic racial slur that cops, spectators, and even cameras can’t pick up…….

    henrybowman in reply to Danny. | September 11, 2022 at 3:22 pm

    “and absence of evidence is evidence of absence.”
    Moe Syzlak will always be happy you didn’t pass the bar.

Slurs are out of fashion anyway. Creative insults are in.
You dolorogenic demitasse of adulterous capercaillie vomit

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to rhhardin. | September 11, 2022 at 2:57 pm

    And, I counter with you are a festering gob of tuberculotic sputum. A snotty-faced heap of parrot droppings.

    /Who is Rachel Slerz?