Friday, July 10, 2009

Terrible Injustice (Please Read)

Here's the deal: in 2007, Eric Frimpong, a poor immigrant from Ghana, was selected to play for the Kansas City Wizards in the MLS after he lead UC Santa Barbara to their first ever national championship the previous year. However, 3 weeks after the draft, he was accused of raping another student on the beach near his house. Now he's a convicted felon. Here are the facts of the case: his accuser was a woman with little memory of what happened that night because of a near-toxic blood alcohol level, Frimpong's DNA wasn't found on the victim, and the semen found on his accuser's underwear belonged to a jealous boyfriend; a white student who was never a suspect. He was convicted by a jury of his peers, 12 white people, and a white judge who "had never seen a rape case with so much incriminating, credible and powerful evidence." Frimpong, unlike the Duke lacrosse players, does not have the resources to navigate the justice system and he is currently serving a six year sentence.

All he has is this ESPN article, this Digg page, and you. Digg the article and get him the media coverage he deserves. And for those of you who don't know what Digg is, it's a social news website that allows people to discover and share content from all over the internet. Voting, or digging, is it's primary function and doing so increases the story's networking potential. I urge you all to digg the article and help get the word out.

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