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I honestly don’t have anything new to add to the latest news involving allegations of sexual harassment plaguing the campaign of black conservative Presidential hopeful and all-around sambo Herman Cain. I don’t have anything clever to say to follow up on the latest outrage regarding Penn State’s disgraceful duo Gerald “Jerry” Sandusky, an alleged pedophile, and his sidekick Joe Paterno who kept his buddy’s lust for young boys confidential while making a career for himself and putting his university on the map. The only thing I can say is that given recent news events concerning sexual harassment, rape, and pedophilia, men have a serious problem when it comes to privilege and power.

Cain, who’s proven he respects women about as much as he respects the black community, has been portrayed (interestingly enough) by his supporters that he’s being lynched. How the hell is he being lynched? If that was true, he would be dead. No. This minstrel clown is just being exposed as a womanizer, among other things. It’s fucked up when people use a term that is often referred to the not-so long ago history of the devastation of black bodies as a national pastime. 

Now, as for the privileged pair at Penn, my jaw dropped when I heard that after Paterno’s firing, thousands of students rioted not because of the accusations, but because of his stellar career as a football coach was in jeopardy. Some of the students even blamed the media for the downfall of their hero. (As a side note, I know I blame the media too when it comes to portrayals of blacks, but this is one of those cases where the media isn’t the real villain here.) A tweet from Dr. Goddess describes this massive outbreak of stupidity in under 140 characters:

“PSU riots are about white men being able to rule without accountability – plain and simple.”

Men with so much power and privileges are easily corrupted by their own advantages. Their responsibilities to the safety, service, and protection of others can mean very little compared to financial and political gain. As a result they may think they are above the law, that they have no restrictions and thus, no accountability to anyone they’ve harmed during their rise to the top. They think they are virtually untouchable, and when they are caught with their pants down (no pun intended), these powerful men, suddenly by their own mouths or by the mouths of their supporters, become victims! 

I think Kevin Powell said it best when he made the connections with Herman Cain and the Penn State leaders on Mark Anthony Hill’s blog

“What Herman Cain and the disgraced male leaders of Penn State have in common is the issue of power and privilege we men not only wield like our birthright, but which has come to be so inextricably linked to our identities. So much so, in fact, that many of us, regardless of race, class, religion and, in some cases, even sexual orientation or physical abilities, don’t even realize what a disaster manhood is when it is unapologetically invested in power, privilege, patriarchy, sexism, and a reckless disregard for the safety and sanity of others, especially women and children.”

He offers this suggestion:

“The bottom line is that our notions of manhood are totally and embarrassingly out of control, and some of us have got to stand up and say enough, that we’ve got to redefine what it is to be a man, even as we, myself included, are unfailingly forthright about our shortcomings and our failures as men, and how some of us have even engaged in the behaviors splashed across the national news this year alone…But to get to that new kind of manhood means we’ve got to really dig into our souls and admit the old ways are not only not working, but they are so painfully hurtful to women, to children, to communities, businesses, institutions, and government, to sport and play, and to ourselves.”

Gentlemen, we have a lot of work to do.

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