Friday, November 18, 2011

Snitch Please

From as early as I can remember it was drilled into my brain to not “tattle tale” or “snitch". If someone was doing something wrong I was just supposed to let it happen and the proper people would take care of it. As I grew up, that notion hasn’t changed. Now it’s a catch phrase, “stop snitching”, I’ve seen it on t-shirts, it’s in songs, I’ve even seen it as a tattoo. Really?

First of all let’s break down "true” snitching. You’re snitching if you tell on someone under these circumstances…

Example 1: Myself and James decide to rob a liquor store. The two of us knowingly enter with guns, hold up the staff and flee the scene. In our daring escape I’m the only one that’s caught and they don’t know who James is…

Example 2: I sell drugs on the corner and witness someone else dealing down the street…

Example 3: I leave a bar and see someone stumbling drunk to their car. They stagger through the parking lot get in and drive due East, I look slam my shot and head West…

Are we getting the idea? Snitching only applies if you’re doing dirt! We need to get past this childish and stupid notion. There are a whole lot of people that need the whistle blown on them. Day after day innocent men, women, and children are being violated and no justice is given. We need to grow up and hold people accountable. If you don’t agree, imagine these things happening to you or someone you love…

One Saturday afternoon in front of a barber shop on a semi-busy street, a two year baby still strapped into his car seat was hit by a stray bullet in a drive by shooting. He died in front of his mother and older brother before he was old enough to have a first memory. No witnesses came forward.

A 14 year old girl was being raped in a park at night. It was less than half a mile from a packed movie theatre with plenty of foot traffic in the area. Several people reported hearing her screams yet no one investigated, intervened or “saw anything”.

In an apartment complex, through the walls of the neighboring units the screams of a woman being beaten by her drunken boyfriend could be heard. She cried for anyone who could hear her to please help. Her screams went on for over 20 minutes. Though over 10 people reportedly heard her, no one called for help…she died.

Is it sinking in? Are we seeing the difference? Currently in the news is the scandal at Penn State University where former defensive co-ordinator for the football team Jerry Sandusky is being indicted for sexual abuse against minors.

This “man” is charged with raping and molesting 9-11 year old boys with allegations going back to the 1970’s. He is being accused of taking predominately African American children from neighboring lower income communities under the guise of charity and good-will and assaulting them sometimes even on school campus. This information has been brought forward (in 2011) because of an incident that happened in 2002.

Sandusky was allegedly seen having sex with a 10 year old boy in a campus shower by an assistant coach. This assistant coach said he saw the 10 year old boy pinned against the wall and heard a “rhythmic slapping” sound. He was close enough to identify that it was a young boy, even close enough to hear the “slaps” but simply turned and walked away. The coach said he reported the incident to his superiors and members of the athletic department (the following morning) but nothing was done.

There have been stories now coming out that janitors have witnessed oral sex involving young boys and other staff members have witnessed inappropriate behavior and NO ONE SAID ANYTHING! These little boys have been violated for decades by this man at this school and nothing has been done about it. Stories are also surfacing that on some level nearly every member of the football athletic department has either seen, heard about, or been reported to about some form of misconduct yet no charges were filed! Furthermore, Sandusky hasn’t been employed by the school since 1999 but has had full access to the campus to “entertain”.

Penn State legend coach Joe Paterno was recently fired because of his inactivity regarding these accusations. He reported the 2002 accusation but never followed up or further inquired. He basically dismissed it and followed by sweeping it under the rug. By not taking action these boys were never stood up for, his silence contributed and enabled their victimization.

This moment is brought to you as response to all of the people who sit back and do nothing when faced with the opportunity to help and prevent pain. If you still feel like not “snitching” is the way to go please remember that, if and when something happens to you…and for EVERYONE involved directly or indirectly with this Penn State situation…

I hope you all go to prison so when someone twice your size has YOU pinned in the shower you can watch the correctional officer just turn and walk away…and when you know what a true violation is and go to the warden or press for help. I hope they tell you…

…stop snitching.


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