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by Peter Moskos

November 10, 2011

What the F*ck?!

I'm just catching up on the news. Those riots at Penn State? Really?

There has been lots of intelligent discussion on this matter elsewhere. So I won't add to that. But I do feel the need to say what's on my mind: It's absolutely f*cking amazing what white people can sometimes get away with!

Or put it this way: Just imagine if this had happened at an H.B.C. like Howard University. The president himself would be blamed and asked to explain and apologize and condemn.

Or instead of race, think of religion: What if Catholics rioted in defense of priests covering up rape? Hard to imagine.

Drunk and entitled frat-boy college-sports culture is perhaps the worst strain of mainstream American society that isn't just tolerated but actually encouraged by otherwise intelligent people.

But what do I know? I never cared about my school's teams (except when I was playing).


R. Krizmanic said...

Just wanted to say I think you hit the nail on the head. I almost had trouble believing that those kids actually rioted over this whole mess.

PCM said...

This is worth a read: http://www.salon.com/2011/11/11/the_shame_of_penn_state/