Male Accountability

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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12 thoughts on “Male Accountability

  1. I was amazed at the riots at Penn State. I kept thinking, “Do these morons even know what happened? Are they cognizant of the fact that a young boy was raped in a shower, and nothing was done about it?”

    Common sense is sorely lacking in most people these days…

  2. Excellent post, Brotha Wolf. Men have some soul searching to do, right along with women. There are problems indeed when football is more important than the life of an innocent child, or innocent children in this case.

  3. brothawolf, I told you I would remain silent for awhile, and I have to make an exception here, because this has nothing to do with race. so I will comment.

    You did exactly what the media did , with the Joe Pa witch hunt.

    First you posted his picture as the main culprit. Let me ask you this, do you think Sandusky was high fiving Joe in his office, or is it more likely that he tried to fool Joe like he did everyone else heading up this troubled youth football camp.

    I don’t know all the facts, but I do know they took an 84 year old man and made him the scapegoat. when after Joe basicly forced him into retirement, and kicked him off the team ,the university still allowed him to use the campus to molest kids.

    Is Joe accountable, maybe. But I don’t believe if he knew all the facts he would have turned a blind eye.

    How about this, lets say I was at a bar and witnessed a brutal assault in the rest room, and I knew who did it, instead of calling the cops, days later I contact the manager of the bar, with my dad to help me do it(Mcqueery) and then the manager informs the owner of the bar and nothing hapens, whos more at fault the manager(Paterno) or the owner (Penn State President) who decided to cover up the insident.

    Now they are talking about taking Joes statue down on campus, does he really deserve all the fall?

    1. Why do I have a feeling that if you were there, you would riot about this like the students did?

      If Paterno is the head or assistant coach, and Sandusky was an assistant coach for a number of years, and as the police report stated, the sexual abuse began in 1994 until 2009, how could Paterno not know? I can guess that there were students coming to him about Sandusky’s pedophilia exploits, but he plays them off as nothing too serious. Since there were reports from 1994 to 2009, there had to have been at least one student that reported it, only to be shafted by the administration to protect the school’s reputation.

      As for the ‘bar example’ why don’t you call the cops if you saw the assault? And even if you call the manager, he tells the owner, and he doesn’t do anything about it, the owner and the manager are accountable. Also, why don’t you report to the owner directly, and why do you need your father to help you?

      And the answer to your question is yes if he did knew and did nothing. He’s having a freakin statue taken down while the victims of his pal have to live on with psychological trauma.

      1. I don’t know if i’m misunderstainding you or vise – versa, but I definately am calling the cops if its me especially if I knew the guy. Unlike McQueary who supposedly told Joe accompanied by his father, when he was 28 years old. I’m saying why didn’t he call the cops. I was setting up that example to put more blame on McQueary who allegedly saw and stopped a full on rape. Why does he need Joe to make the call for him he was 28 at the time.

        Now it’s come out through e mails of McQueary that he says now he did call the cops, But cops never cover anything right?(billshat) you and I know that the school tried to cover it up. but why did they still allow him to use thier facillies is beyond me, and I would punch that school pres in the face if I’m one of the parents. don’t put it all on Joe that is pure speculation

  4. One more thing, the students(some immature idiots) made the school look even worse, but I think most of them were ashamed that the university allowed that to go on.

    I think that they knew letting Joe take the fall was wrong. It seems that everyone was more focused on Paterno than the real monster Sanduski.

    I’ve confided in you about my boy and his troubles, If he went to a special program at Penn State, and he was hurt, and the high officials let it happen I would want blood.

    But I wouldn’t blame Old Joe before the school officials.

  5. One final thing, don’t you think It was time for Joe to step down like 15 years ago, he would have had a nice send off, and which he WOULD have deserved, research his life before you rip him.

    Do you know why they kept him on so long? and it had nothing to do with Division I win records, Its because he was held in such a high reguard that it brings the school MONEY, thats why.

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