TW for rape-apologist bullshit about the Penn State cases.
Dennis Prager has a strong entry!
Mr. Prager wishes to inform us that the really important bit about Penn State covering up the rape of children is not, you know, Penn State covering up the rape of children. No! The really important bit is that California is requiring schools to teach about people of color, poor people, and LGBT people occasionally.
“Wait, Ozy,” you say, “those two things have absolutely nothing to do with each other!” Yeah, well, that sort of logic is why you, O Reader, are not currently a Worst Person In The World candidate.
First, Mr. Prager objects to the NCAA decision stripping Mr. Paterno of his wins:
Before explaining why this decision is morally wrong, I should note that I consider what Jerry Sandusky did to be an indescribable evil.
You will notice here a perfect example of the Rape Is Bad But defense. It is a little known fact that if you say “rape is bad” you can say whatever rape-apologist bullshit you like and no one is allowed to complain because you made the trite and obvious statement that rape is wrong. It doesn’t matter that you victim-blamed, apologized for abusers, minimized the crime of rape, or otherwise contributed to the rape culture that allows predators to victimize people again and again. You said rape is bad! You cannot possibly be a rape apologist!
However, Mr. Prager continues, his indescribable respect for the truth means that he cannot help but object to this part of the punishment. You see, the NCAA is officially lying! This is the worst thing ever! Is it as bad as covering up child rape?
The lesson the NCAA is teaching young people — that history and truth don’t matter if enough powerful people don’t want them to matter — can be as injurious to society as the cover-up was to the victims of Sandusky.
It is, in fact, as bad as covering up child rape.
But God, he said that raping children is an indescribable evil! He couldn’t possibly be a rape apologist!
Here’s a few points for your consideration, Mr. Prager:
1) It is not like the NCAA is memoryholing the truth. They aren’t Minitrue. Everyone knows that Penn State won those games. Everyone also knows that they were stripped of those wins because they allowed child rape.
2) Those wins are, in a sense, illegal, because they were achieved while their assistant coach was a known child molester and while all the coaches were committing conspiracy to cover up child rape.
3) BullSHIT you’re “concerned about the student athletes.” The student athletes know they won those games. They can brag about them! It doesn’t change the actual truth, it just changes the officially recorded stats.
4) If you look at your life and say “football, preventing child rape, which is more important?” and then pick football, you deserve to lose the fucking games you won because you made that morally vapid decision. It’s not just motivation (because now everyone knows that if they cover up child rape to protect their football program they’ll lose the wins they got), it’s poetic fucking justice.
5) I would be perfectly happy to give Mr. Paterno his wins back if, in exchange, every time the NCAA or an affiliated entity refers to anyone who covered up the rape of children at Penn State, they affix “who aided child rape” to their name. “Joe Paterno, who aided child rape, is the winningest coach in college football history.” Mr. Prager, you believe in the truth, right? You’d be happy to agree to this plan, right?
And then we get to Mr. Prager’s real subject of ire, namely, the fact that we’re teaching history courses about people who aren’t WASP men.
In California… elementary- and high-school students, by law, must learn about the contributions to California and America of women, African Americans, Mexican Americans, entrepreneurs, Asian Americans, European Americans, American Indians, and labor… gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people.
No, I can’t imagine why any of those would be important. Clearly no one needs to know about the systematic commission of genocide against Native Americans. Or slavery, the biggest political issue for a century, that directly lead to a civil war (not to mention an entire race of people having their human rights horrifically violated). Or the concentration camps that imprisoned Japanese Americans during World War II. Or the reasons we have a minimum wage, the weekend, an end to child labor, and employer-based health care.
…Maybe the reason that Prager wants us to only talk about rich WASP men is that if we talk about literally anyone else the rich WASP men end up coming off looking like shit?
I mean, Black History Month and Women’s History Month are usually pretty bullshit. Five years of projects on A Famous Black American and A Famous Female American? Please. But that’s not because black people and women have no history, it’s because we’re too cowardly to teach kids how it actually went down. I mean, sheesh, they might realize that those in authority aren’t always right!