In defending the new California law, Dean Vogel, president of the California Teachers Association, said, "There is no room for discrimination of any kind in our classrooms, our communities or our state."
But, by definition, history does discriminate. A history of classical music will discriminate in favor of Austrians and Germans. A history of jazz will discriminate in favor of blacks. And a history of the founding of America will discriminate in favor of WASP males. Otherwise they are not histories.
Whatever evil Joe Paterno and Penn State officials failed to stop, the 112 wins are wins.
Where will the NCAA draw its line? What other wrongs that have nothing to do with victories on the playing field will the NCAA nullify?
The lesson the NCAA is teaching young people -- that history and truth don't matter if enough powerful people don't want them to matter -- can be as injurious to society as the cover up was to the victims of Sandusky.
And not only to society. To individuals as well.
Thanks to the NCAA history rewrite, all those completely innocent Penn State football players who played their hearts out to win those 112 games, played for naught. The false NCAA history will record that they never won a game.
And what about the impact on former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, who is now listed as the winningest coach in American college football history? Until the NCAA revision of history, he had the rather impressive title of second-most winning coach in American college football history. Now, he will be dogged by a permanent, though unwritten, asterisk next to his name.
If, as the NCAA report charges, Penn State's silence spoke volumes about Penn State's culture, what does America's silence in the face of the NCAA falsification of history say about ours?
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