Joe Paterno And The Hypocrisy Of America

Jeremiah Short, Feature Columnist

The NCAA was right to restore Joe Paterno’s wins, even if America disagrees with the decision.

Jerry Sandusky committed a vile and heinous crime. The now deceased Paterno, who’s the All-time winningest college football coach once again, was complicit in at least a portion of them. But that’s what they were…crimes…not an act which gave Penn State a competitive advantage.

It darn sure should not have cost “State College” four-years of postseason play (later reduced to two-years), 60-million dollars, reduced scholarships(later restored, as well) , and it darn sure should have not cost Paterno 111 victories (1998-2011).

But it did.

“Joe Pa” deserved to have his reputation tarnished. He was wrong. He allowed a predator to prey on helpless children. Stripping him of his victories was “grandstanding”, though.  Point. Blank. Period.

I was elated when I heard that Paterno’s wins were being restored. Not a “409 Billboard” elated(Really Penn State). But I was elated that a wrong was righted.

What the heck you talking about? Joe Paterno let that man rape those children. He deserved everything that happened to him.

America, I’m glad you interjected. I have a few questions for you.

First Question: How many times have you overlooked the homeless person asking for a dollar to get something to eat?

Second Question: How many of you have overlooked the classmate bullying the gay or transgender classmate?

Third Question: How many of you have overlooked the shooting of an unarmed black teen?

Fourth Question: How many of you have overlooked the friend who is beating on their spouse or significant other?

Final Question: How many of you have overlooked child molestation in your own family?

Umm. Well…Uhh

I thought you’d be a bit flustered. Let me explain why those transgressions are just as bad as what Paterno did.

Homelessness is a growing epidemic. It’s estimated that there are 100 million people without a roof over their head in the world. There are up to 2.5 million in the United States, one of the richest countries in the world, alone. America spends money on luxuries they don’t need. Electronics. Jewelry. Cars.

But they won’t give a homeless person a sandwich or a dollar.

The suicide rate for Gay and Transgender youth is much higher than that of normal youth. That rate is 2.5 times higher in youths who’ve been bullied. If that’s extrapolated, how many lives have been cost because someone didn’t step in to stop the bullying?

The cases of unarmed black teens getting gunned down are well-documented. Oscar Grant. Trayvon Martin. Mike Brown.

In seemingly every one of those cases, the teen was demonized and made out to be a criminal while the perpetrators were seen as justified in their actions, although the circumstances have been suspicious. America’s lack of empathy toward those individuals emboldens the next cop or neighborhood watchmen to use deadly force in an altercation. Why not? You’ll be made out to be a hero and get donations.

Domestic violence is a growing epidemic. One in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. One in three female homicide victims will be at the hands of a significant other or former significant other. The domino effect is even greater. Women who are trying to escape abusers end up homeless in some cases. Girls who witness domestic violence are more vulnerable to it. Boys who witness domestic violence are more prone to become abusers themselves.

Those stats are outright scary, right. But when we hear our friend talk about how he had to put his wife or girl in line, what’s our normal response? Oh, that’s wild. Not a chill out with that mess or you need some help…just a that’s wild. I’m honest enough to say I’ve done it in the past.

How many deaths have we been complicit in?

Joe Paterno was complicit in the molestation of several children. But we all have been complicit. Who doesn’t have the creepy uncle or weird family friend?

Child molestation devastates families and leaves everlasting scars. Most times, it’s covered up because the family doesn’t want the embarrassment or scandal. They don’t want their neighbors to gossip. They aren’t protecting an institution as huge as Penn State. They’re protecting themselves from a few phone calls or wandering eyes.  That’s all.

How many of those victims–male and female–become promiscuous, turn to drugs or commit suicide? All because their family decided they didn’t want to sully their good name.

America, you have to remember what Jesus said in Matthew 7:1-5: “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but you do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye?  You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”

Joe Paterno was wrong. But America is hypocritical for judging him, too.

Catch me on the “SportsKrib” on Wednesday’s 8-9 Central and Thursday’s 8-10 Central. Follow me on social media @DaRealJShort or check out my facebook page JShortJournalist or my Google Plus page J.Short- Journalist.

50 Comments

  1. coconut oil and

    I’m not sure why but this site is loading extremely slow for me.
    Is anyone else having this problem or is it a issue on my end?
    I’ll check back later on and see if the problem still exists.

  2. plenty of fish dating site

    You actually make it appear so easy with your presentation however I to find this topic to be really something
    which I believe I would by no means understand. It sort of feels too complicated and very extensive
    for me. I’m having a look forward on your subsequent submit, I will attempt to get the
    hold of it!

  3. ps4 games

    Howdy are using WordPress for your blog platform?

    I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and create my own. Do
    you need any html coding expertise to make your own blog?

    Any help would be really appreciated!

  4. ps4 games

    I like the helpful info you provide to your articles. I’ll bookmark your blog and test once more here frequently.
    I am slightly certain I will be told lots of new stuff
    proper here! Best of luck for the following!

  5. quest bars cheap coupon twitter

    Hmm it appears like your site ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I had written and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your
    blog. I as well am an aspiring blog writer but I’m
    still new to everything. Do you have any tips for beginner blog
    writers? I’d genuinely appreciate it.

  6. quest bars cheap

    Hi would you mind stating which blog platform you’re working with?
    I’m planning to start my own blog in the near future but I’m
    having a hard time making a decision between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.
    The reason I ask is because your design seems different
    then most blogs and I’m looking for something unique.
    P.S Sorry for being off-topic but I had to ask!

  7. ps4 games

    Do you have a spam problem on this blog; I also am a
    blogger, and I was curious about your situation;
    we have developed some nice methods and we are looking to swap strategies
    with other folks, be sure to shoot me an email if interested.

  8. ps4 games

    Good blog you’ve got here.. It’s hard to find high-quality writing
    like yours these days. I seriously appreciate people like you!
    Take care!!

  9. ps4 games

    It’s truly very complicated in this active life to listen news on TV, so
    I simply use world wide web for that reason, and get the most up-to-date news.

  10. quest bars cheap

    Thanks , I have just been looking for information approximately this
    topic for a long time and yours is the best I have found out till now.
    But, what about the bottom line? Are you sure concerning the source?

  11. ps4 games

    Just wish to say your article is as astonishing. The clearness in your post is just great
    and i can assume you’re an expert on this subject. Fine with your permission let me to
    grab your feed to keep updated with forthcoming post.
    Thanks a million and please carry on the rewarding work.

  12. ps4 games

    Hi there! Do you know if they make any plugins to help with SEO?
    I’m trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords but I’m not seeing very good
    results. If you know of any please share. Kudos!

  13. coconut oil

    Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say
    that I have truly enjoyed surfing around your blog posts. In any case I will be
    subscribing to your rss feed and I hope you write again very soon!

  14. coconut oil

    Do you mind if I quote a couple of your posts as long as I provide credit and sources back to your blog?
    My website is in the exact same area of interest as yours and my visitors would definitely benefit from a lot of the information you present here.
    Please let me know if this ok with you. Thanks a lot!

  15. match.com free trial

    We are a bunch of volunteers and opening a brand new
    scheme in our community. Your web site offered us with useful info to work on. You’ve performed an impressive
    task and our entire neighborhood might be grateful to you.

  16. match.com free trial

    I think this is one of the most important info for me. And i’m glad reading your article.
    But wanna remark on some general things, The site style is
    perfect, the articles is really excellent : D. Good job, cheers

  17. sling tv

    Good day! I could have sworn I’ve been to this site
    before but after browsing through some of the post I realized it’s new to me.
    Nonetheless, I’m definitely glad I found it and I’ll be book-marking and checking back often!

  18. sling tv

    Wow, fantastic blog format! How long have you been running
    a blog for? you make running a blog look easy. The
    total glance of your website is fantastic, let alone the content!

  19. sling tv

    Hi, Neat post. There is an issue with your web site in web explorer,
    could check this? IE still is the market leader and a huge component to other
    people will omit your fantastic writing due to this problem.

  20. sling tv

    I’m truly enjoying the design and layout of your website.
    It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more enjoyable for
    me to come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a developer to
    create your theme? Superb work!

  21. sling tv

    My partner and I absolutely love your blog and find nearly all of your post’s to be what precisely I’m looking
    for. can you offer guest writers to write content in your case?

    I wouldn’t mind publishing a post or elaborating on a
    lot of the subjects you write in relation to here. Again,
    awesome web site!

  22. web marketing strategy

    You are so awesome! I don’t suppose I’ve truly read through something like that before. So nice to find another person with a few unique thoughts on this subject matter. Really.. thanks for starting this up. This site is something that is needed on the internet, someone with some originality!

  23. vurtil opmer

    Virtually all of the things you mention happens to be astonishingly precise and it makes me wonder the reason why I hadn’t looked at this with this light previously. Your piece truly did turn the light on for me personally as far as this subject matter goes. Nonetheless at this time there is one particular point I am not necessarily too comfortable with and while I attempt to reconcile that with the actual core theme of the position, permit me see exactly what the rest of the visitors have to point out.Well done.

One Ping

  1. Pingback: Joe Paterno and the Hypocrisy of America

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

FOLLOW @lockerreport100 INSTAGRAM