RIGHTEOUSNESS. As the lyric suggests above, I want to ask for you to pardon my curses this morning because my usual Friday DDR is typically filled with encouragement. Today, however, I am pissed to the highest of pissivity (if that’s a word)!! I have such a deep sadness in my heart after watching the remarks of Tom Corbett, the Governor of Pennsylvania. As many of you know, Joe Paterno aka “JoePa” was fired from his post as the Penn State head coach after 46 seasons. Along with JoePa, the axe came down on Penn State President Graham Spanier, and Jerry Sandusky, the man who had been sodomizing, raping, molesting, and sexually assaulting boys as early as 8 years-old – most of which are rumored to be “little black boys” – that he was supposed to be “mentoring”. Mike McQuery, the assistant who ran not to the police but to his father after witnessing Sandusky in the shower in 1998 with one of the boys has been asked to stay off the field this Saturday in the Nittany Lions game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. I’m sure the Board of Trustees are sharpening the blade on the axe that will chop him down in the next few days. At least I hope they are.
Here are the reasons for my utter disgust. First of all, more people know about this near 20-year long tragedy than Paterno and an assistant coach! I am a Georgia Bulldog. SEC! And if I know nothing else I know that coaches, players, alumni, the wives, the groupies that hang around, and whoever else are all part of a community. Communities look out for one another. They keep secrets hidden as long as they can because once something like sexual abuse bubbles to the surface it will ultimately have severe consequences in donor participation, alumni participation, and forever taint the overall reputation of the organization. But it took damn near two decades for this little dark secret to come out. Why? Because little black boys are disposable. Second reason I’m going hard this morning? Governor Corbett, as eloquently as he could, told the mostly white Penn State college community to take back their dignity by getting their asses off the street protesting the firing of a man who protected another man that abused “little black boys” he was supposed to be “mentoring” in a program called the Second Mile Program. So these college students took to the street to raise hell about this. Why? Because little black boys are good for two things: getting banged in the shower and running a football down the field. Thank God for Kyle Harris, the Penn State student who has organized a candlelight vigil for the young boys victimized by this tragedy. The third reason I’m hurt is because this incident reminds me of the knot I felt in my stomach when Eddie Long’s secret of pimping young “at-risk” boys broke in the news. Here is this man, who is supposed to be a man of the cloth, presenting himself as a father figure to “little black boys” – just as Sandusky did – only so that he can assault their manhood to fulfill his own personal and disgusting desires and fantasies. And you know what? The people around him knew it was happening all along. In fact, the New Birth congregation relished in their ignorance and stupidity until they could no longer deny the fact that Bishop Eddie Long, like JoePa, Sandusky, and McQuery, believe in the pit of their hearts that LITTLE BLACK BOYS ARE DISPOSABLE. Here is the timeline of what is probably the most tragic event of 2011 next to the execution of Troy Davis.
The DDR: Michael Wilbon, the co-host of ESPN’s Pardon The Interruption, talked about the philanthropic legacy of Paterno. Who cares about the number of games Joe Paterno has won! Who cares about the libraries he’s funded! He went to bed at night knowing that his right-hand man was raping young men who look just like YOU Mike!! It is time for us to redefine what it means to be a community. It is time that we take a special interest in protecting our young men and women from the leaches who claim concern for their well-being, but whose real motives rest in their own selfish and devilish desires. I don’t feel sorry for Joe Paterno. His legacy means nothing to me. As far as I’m concerned, he is the football coach who sat back and let “little black boys” get raped just like Eddie Long is the preacher man who sat back and did virtually the same thing. That is, suck the dignity out of young black men who couldn’t fight for themselves. Peace.