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Persecution of the accused in rape case is unacceptable

Joanna Weiss, though conceding that it is less than “ideal,” applauds masked vigilantes taking revenge on two 16-year-old football players accused of rape as a “cultural service” (“Internet shifts rape stigma to perpetrators,” Op-ed, Jan. 8). Rather than being a service, such cowardly persecution is akin to lynching.

Weiss’s endorsement may stem from how she sees herself in the social order. She is unable to understand how sports can figure into the aspirations of young men, especially in a part of the country where one-quarter of the residents live in poverty. She callously dismisses the sacrifice, work, and talent of high school athletes, deriding them merely as being “good at throwing balls.”

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