Check out this article from the NY Times. My coworker mentioned this article to me and my initial reaction was that it sounded like we are giving Paterno a pass, letting passivity win because we are all, at root, passive. I felt that way half way through reading the article too but toward the end had a change of heart. I think that the author is really on to something.
But we’re not Puritans anymore. We live in a society oriented around our inner wonderfulness. So when something atrocious happens, people look for some artificial, outside force that must have caused it — like the culture of college football, or some other favorite bogey. People look for laws that can be changed so it never happens again.
I hope and pray that if/when a time comes that I need to be a voice for the voiceless, I stand firm. I think that needs to be all of our prayers.