Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Brian Banks: a study in character.

Every once in awhile, during the Travon Martin race baiting from the "victims" of "racism," I would think about a man who actually had genuine, real, reasons to perceive himself as a victim... and who has refused to do so.

Brian Banks is a long shot to make the Atlanta Falcons.  But that he's there at all is the longest shot of all.

I bring this up in response to that "we are all Travon Martin" idiocy.

If there's someone we all should be... it's Brian Banks... a man among men; someone who, even over half my age, I cannot hope to aspire to in the areas of courage and grace.  (Click the link for the video.)
There's a documentary being produced about his life story. He was featured on CNN, 60 Minutes and many other high-profile shows.

It's hard to get over the Brian Banks story.

In case you don't know, Banks was a standout athlete at Polytechnic High School in Long Beach, Calif., back in 2002. After mulling offers from some of the top programs in the country, the 6'4'', 225-pound linebacker committed to play for Pete Carroll at USC.

Everything was looking up until a classmate falsely accused Banks of rape. He faced a possible 41-year sentence but eventually agreed to a plea deal of five years' prison time, probation and being registered as a sex offender.

In 2012, his accuser admitted to her lie while being secretly recorded. The courts set Banks free, and he was exonerated at the age of 27. Five years of his life had been stolen from him.


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