Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Please believe me when I say that this is not a story about Penn State or some other corrupt organization. Characterizing what happened in State College, particularly the failures of so many adults to report the abuse, as the product of some morally bankrupt institution is a way of convincing ourselves that we are outsiders to these sinister forces.

It is no different from calling Sandusky a "monster." That is soothing, I realize.

But it also lets us off the hook too easily, allowing us to avoid asking hard questions about what happens, or can happen, in our own backyards.

The Penn State cover-up could have, and undoubtedly has, happened at many other institutions, including those you most care about.

Don’t content yourself with demanding something of Penn State, or big-time college sports.

While that might make you feel better, it won’t prevent the next tragedy.

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