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Our View: No one wins Friday

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Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2012 11:58 pm

We don’t know what happened the night of Dec. 12, 2010, and it’s likely you don’t either.

Two women have said Darrell Williams sexually assaulted them on the aforementioned night at a house party.

Williams’ conviction July 23 has caused many to speculate that an injustice has been committed, as he was found guilty by a jury composed of 11 white individuals and one Asian American.

Some have also alleged there was insufficient evidence to convict Williams, despite the decision of the jury.

Others have said it is improper to doubt the victims of a convicted sex offender.

With the arrival of Rev. Jesse Jackson in Stillwater, the case has been placed on a national stage.

National news outlets such as The Huffington Post have advocated for Williams’ innocence and made unwarranted accusations regarding the victims’ characters and credibility.

In doing so, the media have also implied there is a widespread culture of racism against African Americans in our community.

As a result, people outside of Stillwater will only perceive the city as one of two things: a place where sexual assault victims cannot be taken at their word, or an archaic community where men are still wrongfully convicted on the basis of their skin color.

The trial and conviction of Darrell Williams has been transformed from seeking the truth about an incident to portraying the city as a microcosm of race relations in the United States.

Regardless of whether Williams is sentenced today, is granted a new trial or receives a continuance, the Stillwater and OSU communities will not win.

Because of the immature actions of someone that night, we all lose.