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Too Late, But Penn State Finally Did The Right Thing

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Too Late, But Penn State Finally Did The Right Thing


So they did the right thing. Belatedly.

You might say that is better than failing to do the right thing period, but it comes as meager comfort to those who have watched the Penn State scandal unfold and wondered how a moral imperative as obvious as a gorilla in church could have been missed by so many. It is all well and good that the campus was reported to be chastened and numb at Saturday’s football game, that there were a moment of silence and expressions of remorse for victims of pedophilia. But none of that erases, nor even addresses, the most pressing question:

Leonard Pitts Jr.

Leonard Pitts Jr. is a nationally syndicated commentator, journalist, and novelist. Pitts' column for the Miami Herald deals with the intersection between race, politics, and culture, and has won him multiple awards including a Pulitzer Prize in 2004.

The highly regarded novel, Freeman (2009), is his most recent book.

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  1. michele3253 November 16, 2011

    Thank you Leonard for pointing out what everyone else has seemed to NOT focus on- the children and why no one at Penn State thought it was important to help them or why no one at Penn State was uncomfortable working with the pedophile. I find it insulting to the victims and their families that all of the sudden Penn State wants to act like they care.

  2. D Bailey November 16, 2011

    The reason police were not called about the sexual abuse of kids at Penn State is likenly due to the fact that during the years in question, illegal activities were not reported to police at most schools because it was felt that they were best handled on campus. Sadly, too many violations of law were not handled at all. Child abuse was just one of many failures. Thankfully, college officials are now more likely to report violations to the police.

  3. ShirleyGallagher November 16, 2011

    Best article i have read this far regarding Penn State, you nailed it and it was a matter of common sense. But Americans is all about foot-Ball and money. I hope they live with this “STAIN” for ever.
    It was so hard for me to think that anyone could let this happen to childrens in the first place, but for so long and do nothing.

  4. rustacus21 November 18, 2011

    When President Clinton was hauled before the world, to accuse him of “High Crimes & Misdemeanors”, we later learned it was all over consensual sex between two adults. Infidelity, in other words, which doesn’t even approach the level of treason, sedition or any other “State” crime warranting the seriousness of the actions by the House of Representatives. In the meantime, the following administration was notorious for its male hooker escorts – precisely at the moment the abuses at Penn State were occurring and tho widely reported, the nation simply yawned. After all, we were in the midst of an avoidable war in Afghanistan, that required the administration to agree to send the conspirators for the N.Y. Trade center & Washington D.C. attacks to a neutral 3rd country, for trial. It was literally that cut & dry! The deceptions leading to the war in Iraq are well known & need no further elaboration. But something has happened if we, as a nation, are unable to see wrong-doing & turn a blind eye. We all understand the previous administration undoing & simple prohibition on the enforcement of regulations – resulting in the economic cataclysm that still has the nation in its grip, yet we have no problem condemning our current President, b/c his hands are tied by the corrupt money influence of a system made possible by Conservative voters. Are we such a predatory society that our elderly can be institutionally robbed, Middle Class, middle age workers thrown on the street & out of work & adults responsible for the welfare of children, seek to exploit them for their depraved decadence? We pride ourselves as “modeling” the Roman empire. How tragic it was be if that’s actually true…


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