The Duke College Republicans mess goes beyond Justin Robinette, their former president some consider discriminated against.
During a Duke Senate open meeting last week, e-mails were presented which bring shame to all those who have respected Duke CRs.
The information contained is appalling, and stretches back almost the whole year.
Some have argued that the forum was unusual, and even that those accusing Duke CRs were equally implicated.
It makes little difference.
Senior leadership in Duke CRs wrote racial slurs and mocked students at North Carolina’s historically black colleges, suggested that students who expressed racial prejudice should gain roles with the group and e-mailed other racial, gender-based, anti-semitic and homophobic slurs.
One might sympathize with those who never expected private e-mails to become public.
But that doesn’t excuse the content, much of which related to work within Duke CRs.
So we reach the conclusion that in a group funded by Duke Student Government, there was an appalling culture which allowed prejudice and bigotry.
Little wonder that the Duke Senate voted to de-fund them and remove their charter.