Doesn’t it seem the least bit ironic to those of you defending this “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture that the impetus for this symbol was a young black man who attacked a police officer (recently confirmed by evidence from a federal autopsy), after robbing and abusing a local store owner (as evidenced on video)?
Doesn’t it seem just a bit ironic to be using this incidence of violence perpetuated by a black man as the basis for claims of racial discrimination perpetuated by police? I suspect it is these ironies — and the associated implicit condemnation of police — that has so many in the broader Penn State community concerned about common sense and intellectual integrity on our campus.
If there are incidents of local discrimination, let’s get together to discuss and resolve those so we can make a real difference instead of fomenting ever more divisiveness.
Reginald W. Goeke