Thursday, October 23, 2008

Who Would Buy This Book?

By Tony Mazur

We are finished as Americans.

Two years have passed since the initial "crime", and a year and a half after the case was closed, Crystal Mangum is back in the spotlight, proclaiming her innocence once more.

Mangum has penned a memoir, called The Last Dance for Grace: The Crystal Mangum Story, about her "attack" by three Duke lacrosse players back in March 2006. Not only were Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty, and David Evans all proven not guilty, they were found innocent on all counts due to the constant inaccuracies in Mangum's account. She feels that she needs to defend herself and to tell her side of the story.

I want to know who is actually going to purchase this book. The book is filled with lies and inconsistencies. The fact that she hasn't been arrested and locked up for a long time for leading on not only the judge, the jury, and the prosecutors, but all of America. She was not raped. She was not beaten. The only thing she was was high on Ambien, methadone, Paxil and amitriptyline.

The problem with America is that people will go out a buy this fictional book. Whether they agree with Mangum's side of the story or not, you are filling her wallet with undeserved cash. The same people who will buy this are the ones who pre-ordered O.J. Simpson's If I Did It.

Do me a favor. Scratch that. Do the former Duke lacrosse players and their families a favor and DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK. If you want to read a book filled with incoherent ramblings and inaccuracies, then pick up The Audacity of Hope.

Speaking of the Duke lacrosse case, I still haven't heard an apology from Al Sharpton. Not only did he accuse the players before reading the facts, Sharpton also turned it into a racial case, since the "attackers" were white and the "victim" was a poor black girl. But when white police officers in Philadelphia were shot and killed by black criminals based on the color of their skin, Sharpton is more concerned about taking down Don Imus. Al, just go away.

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