“The Other Penn State Cover-Up: Death Threats Against Black Students”

Since we’re exposing the ills of Penn State life … I wonder why the mainstream media hasn’t run this on their 24-7 new cycle. Oh. I know. It’s about race and … well, people don’t like to talk about race. It looks bad. Discussions about race make us look backwards and not like progressives, right? The revolution doesn’t require a discussion. Just hard work, right?

As news unravels around the grand jury report revealing charges against former Penn State football defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky for raping and sexually molesting underage boys, some former black Penn State students are now painfully reliving a scandal that occurred at their university ten years ago. In 2000, the year a janitor witnessed a boy younger than 13 (“Victim 8” in a grand jury report) “pinned against a wall” while Sandusky performed oral sex on him, black students and football players on Penn State’s campus began receiving hate mail.

The hate mail sent to black students had nothing to do with Sandusky’s proclivities, but the two incidences shared something in common: both were ultimately covered up by the university, even as both chain of events grew worse. Sandusky went on to molest and possibly rape more boys, according to a grand jury report (Sandusky denies foul play), and hate mail against black students became death threats.

Read the rest of the story here at Loop21.

When I first read this story the other day, a memory came flooding back to me.

Every year during Black History Month at the college I attended, the Black Student Association would do something each weekday to underscore the importance of our culture in a larger, American context American. (In hindsight, I think we were more so trying to validate our right to be there, but that’s hindsight.) Each morning, one of my college buddies, a mild-mannered young black woman, would send out five-question quizzes with black history trivia.

One day, in response, she received trivia questions of her own. “What do you get when you mix a nigger and a bar of soap?” There were other questions, none of which I remember now. A couple days later, the same thing happened, but the examination was more flagrantly offensive, if you can believe that.

Outraged, a few of us went to administrators and computer services to find out who was sending the emails. We were met repeated with an incurious, “Sorry. There isn’t anything we can do.”

In 2000, unlike the students at Penn State, who protested, we, that same year, quit fighting out battle and went back to life as usual, defeated.

Immediately after reading about the Penn State cover up, I recalled this incident like it’d happened yesterday. Then I emailed the story to Shorty Do-Op and asked if she remembered our own similar tale, offering that I’d forgotten the story jogged my memory. Her response: “SMH. When you feel helpless, it’s easy to block a lot out.”

Lest we forget …

Update (11/20): Mr. Mic tells me at the time, this incident was all over the news. Maybe I was too involved in my similar situation to remember. Or maybe I never saw. I can’t imagine one would block that much out. Fact is, it’s still a shame. Thanks, Mic.


~ by MsInklination on November 20, 2011.

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