Black People : The Other Penn State Cover-Up: Death Threats Against Black Students

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    The Other Penn State Cover-Up: Death Threats Against Black Students

    As news unravels around the grand jury report revealing charges against former Penn State football defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky for raping and sexually molesting underage boys, some former black Penn State students are now painfully reliving a scandal that occurred at their university ten years ago. In 2000, the year a janitor witnessed a boy younger than 13 (“Victim 8” in a grand jury report) “pinned against a wall” while Sandusky performed oral sex on him, black students and football players on Penn State’s campus began receiving hate mail.
    The hate mail sent to black students had nothing to do with Sandusky’s proclivities, but the two incidences shared something in common: both were ultimately covered up by the university, even as both chain of events grew worse. Sandusky went on to molest and possibly rape more boys, according to a grand jury report (Sandusky denies foul play), and hate mail against black students became death threats.
    Ultimately, a black man’s dead body was found by police near Penn State as one of the death threats said it would. And some black students had to attend their graduation the following May with bulletproof vests on in fear of their life.
    But few know about the death threats because Penn State and Joe Paterno were not willing to allow bad publicity to ruin the university’s image, say some of the black students at the center of the tragic events.
    LaKeisha Wolf was president of Penn State’s Black Caucus ten years ago, and she received the lion’s share of life-threatening letters. Today, she watches the news about Sandusky’s rape charges, the firing of Joe Paterno and Penn State president Graham Spanier, and the student riots that ensued, and it takes her right back to her days dealing with the university.
    In fact, Wolf and other concerned black students met with Paterno back in 2001 because of information circulating that black football players, like then-quarterback Rashard Casey, had been receiving death threats. Wolf recalls Paterno as almost emotionless.

    (excerpt from LOOP21 - 11/16/2011: http://loop21.com/content/other-penn-state-cover-death-threats-against-black-students )

    This link is to the actual death threat letters - CAUTION - VERY GRAPHIC: http://issuu.com/loop21/docs/penn_s...ntButtonEnabled=false&backgroundColor=#222222



    Terror on campus
    Deaths, hate mail mark tense time for Black Penn State students

    by Memorie Knox (5-15-2001)

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa.—The recent unsolved deaths of two Black men have racial tensions high in this university town despite recent concessions by university officials to expand Black programs and enhance diversity at the school.

    On April 24, the first body was found in Bradford County near the Penn State Wilkes-Barre campus. The victim, a 6-foot Black male dressed in black, died from a gunshot wound, according to a police report.

    Then on April 27, a second body was found. This time, the body was in proximity to where an earlier letter threatening a Black student said a body would be found in Centre County, where the university is located.

    According to a Penn State University police report obtained by The Final Call, the victim was found within 20 miles of the campus. He was a Black male and died of a gunshot wound.

    State and university police maintain that the death does not seem to be related to the university. An April 28 university police memo states: "The State Police have no reason to believe that this apparent homicide has any relationship to the hate mail incidents that occurred at Penn State. Moreover, no Penn State students have been reported missing."

    The homicides occurred in an atmosphere of death threats and hate mail received since last October by Black students at Penn State. During that time, Black Student Caucus president and senior broadcast journalism major LaKeisha Wolf received a series of hate letters informing her, among other threats, "We ought to tar and feather you ... stupid Black b----. You keep your trap shut or we’ll shut it for you!"

    Ms. Wolf, age 21, a petite woman clad in an ivory bulletproof vest for her protection, met with The Final Call May 4, along with other members of the Penn State Student Black Caucus, to detail their turbulent year.

    "In October five letters were written targeting four people—a university trustee, two other students and myself," Ms. Wolf recalled. "The letters were all very personal and threatened violence."

    According to the students, this was nothing new for Penn State. They provided The Final Call with documentation which shows a pattern of hate mail activity dating back decades. In response to the latest threats, students organized the Gye Nyame ad hoc committee and started to communicate with the university administration on the highest level concerning its diversity policy and student safety.

    "Our greatest fear was that administrators would continue to ignore the climate of hate and the incidents of harassment that have become a feature of life at the university," said student leader Brian Favors.

    In a symbolic gesture supported by Black legislators in mid April, the state House of Representatives voted to trim $9,520 from Penn State’s millions in appropriations, sending an immediate signal to university officials.

    At this point, according to Ms. Wolf, the proverbial roof fell in. She received another hate letter. This one much more explicit. The letter, obtained by The Final Call, stated, in part: "I have tried with little success to be patient with you stupid litttle black b----, dont you realize i (sic) could have killed you ten times by now. .... We mean business just how serious we are, have the authorities search ... the young black buck must have been of no account even to *******, because no one even missed him, he put up one hell of a fight."
    "This letter caused us grave concern," Ms. Wolf stated. "We felt the university was negligent in warning the Black community. Because of this, we felt we were forced to take action."

    On April 21, Penn State hosted its annual Blue and White scrimmage football game. Steeped in tradition, it attracts alumni and students. At the playing of the national anthem, 26 members of the Student Black Caucus slipped onto the field and locked arms on the 50 yard line in prayer. The story was carried on every major TV broadcast in the state.
    What happened next is something right out of Mississippi in the 1960s, all of the Caucus members agreed.
    The participants were arrested and charged with misdemeanor offenses. The next day, not only were their names published in the local paper, but their addresses as well, thus creating a hit list for hate.

    The students, fearful, set up a village in the student union center and began to camp out in protest. Soon thereafter, their worst fears were realized—the first body was found.

    (excerpt from The Final Call 5-15-2001: http://www.finalcall.com/national/penn_state05-15-2001.htm )
     
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    Thats why I refuse to watch baseball basketball or football, becuase they are all about paying black folks millions to be slaves, and be silent about their slavery
     
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    I remember hearing about this. I dont remember what year it was but the school had to put the breaks on graduation because of death threats. It was in the news in Philly. What most people dont know is that Pennsylvania, western Pa to be exact is the most racist place any black person can find themselves. There is the largest concentration of neo nazis and white supremacists, it is also reputed to have the largest number of modern day klan members. The place is also heavily fortified with gun owners and NRA members. It is definitely not a place where I would want to find my self. This is why I never went to Scranton or happy valley.
     
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    And all of the major league sports figures, and rappers and Black entertainers from Phillie were silent about this threat on Black life?
    While folks from all over the nation Occupied Jenna over a tree?
     
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