Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Failing Our Children

The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.
-Albert Einstein

Two news stories caught my eye this morning:

1. This one, the latest development in the Penn State scandal which concerns the sexual abuse of several young boys, some in the Penn State Lasch Football Building showers, by a former assistant Penn State football coach named Jerry Sandusky and the school's failure to stop it. Sandusky says he did not do it. Current assistant coach Mike McQueary, who was a graduate student back in 2001 when he saw Sandusky rape a young boy, did nothing to stop it, and failed to call the police, says he didn't just walk away back then.

2. This one from Greeley, Colorado is about a children's store carrying crotchless panties. In this instance, the store owner failed to see why trying to sell crotchless panties to young girls is bad idea.

What is happening,  have we turned into a morality bankrupt society which willing puts greed above protecting our children?  Penn State did not want to hear or do anything about Sandusky since doing so would affect their biggest money making program, the football team. In a way, I understand this as covering up any wrong doing seems to be normal procedure in large organizations be they governmental or private. Penn State won't walk away from this unpunished.

What I find more disturbing is the Greeley story. The owner of the store said that they "had only been in business for two weeks and were still trying to figure out what to include as merchandise."
Really? Have we sexualized young girls to the point where a business owner sees crotchless panties for girls in a catalog and doesn't react with an "Ewwwww!" but actually thinks she can make money selling them? I weep for us as a people.


Blue Witch said...

It's just the same over here.

Sometimes I think that I'm the only one who can be bothered to make a fuss about anything... 9 out of 10 times I do it to stop the next person having the same problems...

And I have that same Einstein quote sitting in my TFTD file for when it takes my fancy to post a TFTD.

la peregrina said...

I'm with you and am fortunate to have had a mother who taught me to speak up.  

Let's face it, Einstein was cool. :)

Blue Witch said...

I've never understood the point of crutchless panties for anyone, actually.

la pergrina said...

I know! How can anyone think they are sexy?