Randolph Parrish

"Randolph Parrish is the author of "The Duke Lacrosse Case: A Documentary History and Analysis of the Modern Scottsboro"(2009); "Cancionero", a teen novel; and editor of a one-volume edition of Graetz's "History of the Jews".

Most Recent Articles by Randolph Parrish:

Debunking the debunkers; recognizing Israel’s history

Jan 28, 2018 — Randolph Parrish

Debunking the debunkers; recognizing Israel's history
Vice President Pence did something unthinkable in Jerusalem last week: he referenced the bible in support of Israel’s right to exist.

“The Jewish people held fast to a promise through all the ages, written so long ago, that ‘even if you have been banished to the most distant land under the heavens,’ from there He would gather and bring you back to the land which your fathers possessed.”

Few politicians today, and probably not any in Western Europe, would express themselves in similar terms. Moderns can reverence Marx, Lenin, and Marcuse with impunity, but not Moses.  But as Orwell stated, “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”

“Debunking” the bible is only a slow-acting poison for the cultures of most western nations; but for Israel it is critical.

Born Guilty

Jan 8, 2018 — Randolph Parrish

Born Guilty
It was just over ten years ago that the Duke lacrosse case finally dragged its weary way across the finish line. That case was a storm petrel, flying before the thunder. We should have watched its course more carefully, because it was about to become a paradigm of what was to follow.

First there was first an accusation—that a black woman had been raped by more than 20 white men at a party. After changing her story a few times—maybe it was only five men; or two —the accuser finally settled on three.

The police investigated, but kept no records. That should have been a clue—not to the case, but to where our justice system was headed. Officers normally carry notebooks or pads on which they write down pertinent information.  For the Duke case, the officers involved kept no notes at all (aside from the single exception of a couple of flimsy pages, with two or three scribbles).