An Education in Inequality

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About Tim Brown

TB is a single 30 something living in Atlanta, GA. He is a former collegiate athlete and now
works in academia. Mentor, brother, and friend are all titles in his list of accomplishments.

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  1. I think many people don’t realize or choose to recall that many if not all of the victims were young Black boys. I think that helps illustrate your point especially in contrast to the Michael Vick scandal.

    Yes Vick did something very wrong and is now “back on top” and in the NFL but he was villianized. I don’t think anyone can compare the Sandusky situation and the fact that people in positions of power were aware and did little or next to nothing.

    When you juxtapose it against State College’s moral high ground image is quite chilling.

  2. Sherman Hemsley says:

    “I think many people don’t realize or choose to recall that many if not all of the victims were young Black boys. ”

    Who are you talking about? Sandusky’s victims? All of them are white.

    • Joanna Schroeder says:

      Where are you getting that information?

      As far as I’ve heard, every single one of the victims from the trial has been able to maintain anonymity.

  3. “It’s hard to imagine that white children would be subjected to sexual predation for so many years, with so many important people protecting their abuser.”
    - Ever heard of the Catholic Church sex abuse scandals, Tim? The kids were all white and it went on for DECADES before it became public, and there were MANY, MANY times more involved than the number of victims of Penn State. The whiteness of the preists’ viticims did not prevent the abuse or bring it to a quick end. Your assertion that the race of the Penn State victims perpetuated their abuse is factually wrong and morally offensive. Its just another example of a racialist attitude.

    “There are people who will find this in bad taste and bemoan that this essay has spun the Penn State scandal into a racial issue. Consider it as a learning experience.”
    - Historical ignorance is alive and well within Atlanta academia. Lesson learned.

  4. The demonstration of privilege is in the fact that the senior officials were white.

    There are plenty of examples of the cover up of child abuse by non-white abusers.

  5. There is an important lesson here, Tim, that hasn’t been explored. It is that neither oppression nor privilege are grounded in only race (or sex, or gender, or orientation, or class). They combine in diverse ways for different people.

    For instance, we know that young black boys are disciplined much more frequently than young white boys in school (check out Ladson Billings, G. (2011). Boyz to men? Teaching to restore Black boys’ childhood). When teachers and administrators are asked for the reasons why they discipline their 8 year old students, black boys were overwhelmingly considered “adults” in need of life lessons – and not children. Young black boys were judged to be “men” years before white boys. Stereotypes (and fears) regarding race AND masculinity are involved here. Separating the two would miss the depth of this discrimination.

    The same can be said with Penn State’s disgusting disciplinary record. You’re right, race is undoubtedly a factor contributing to how Sandusky was protected, prosecuted, sentenced, and in how his sentence has been interpreted by pundits. And we need to add it to our conversation about the case and Penn State’s aversion to reprimanding white males in their sports program. But let’s not forget the “depth” here: issues concerning class (of the victims and Penn State officials), sex (of both parties), and race (of both, yet again) must be mentioned TOGETHER if we want a more-complete picture.

  6. Blindian says:

    “Young black boys were judged to be “men” years before white boys.”

    I guess that’s a step up from calling adult black men “boys”. No you listen to me, boy.

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