If I was asked to describe this entire messy situation at Penn State in one word, it’d be “gray.” The cover-up was gray, the after-effects are gray, and just about everything we thought we knew about Joe Paterno is too.
All I see is gray. But unfortunately, for many of you, that word might not be good enough.
That’s because in the society we live in today, there is no such thing is gray. Everything is black or white, right or wrong. You need an opinion, you need a strong opinion, and you need it now. There is no time to collect facts, no time to gain perspective. There is no middle ground. There is no moral gray area.
Never has that been more apparent to me than the coverage this past week at Penn State. Hang out on Twitter, watch the television coverage of the event or read columns about the topic anywhere and it seems to me like everyone is one of two very distinct sides of the fence. You either:
1. Want to see everyone fired, want to see Joe Paterno run out of town, and want Penn State burned to the ground…
2. You’re a Penn State homer, a Joe Paterno apologist and (please excuse me for being so blunt) an advocate for the sexual abuse of children.
Believe me, I hate typing that last sentence as much you hated reading it. But that is how I feel the reaction to this whole uncomfortable situation at Penn State has been. And I also can’t help but feel like I’m caught somewhere in the middle. I can’t help but see gray when looking at this situation, and see even more of it when trying to find answers.no comments