Unless you have been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard more than you ever wished to know about this town and its inhabitants, some of whom seem to be just a rung short of the moron level on life’s ladder. I’m not simply referring to the rapists and as they have been found guilty of the crime, this is, in fact what they are. Rapists. I am referring to those who chose to turn a blind eye and ear to what they knew to be true; I am referring to the blockheads who opined that the young lady herself was to blame. Or, inexplicably, chose and choose not to believe the evidence at all (video, sound, e-mails, texts). (http://ideas.time.com/2013/03/17/steubenville-rape-guilty-verdict-the-case-that-social-media-won/)
Steubenville wants to put this behind them, they want to move forward. Not possible, I’m afraid. Not possible until the mentality that raises athletes above the social norm of the rest of society is abolished. Not possible until Steubenville manages to extract its collective head from its arse. Steubenville is just a small example of a culture that is in desperate need of a morality check; nobody should hold their breath waiting for this to happen. Steubenville and its various incarnations are from the same mentality that has given us such highbrow examples of culture as Girls Gone Wild, Howard Stern, Brittany Spears and Honey Boo Boo. This is a culture that sees nothing amiss in paying a basketball player more than doctors, nurses or teachers; a culture where your health is dependent upon your bank account.
The U.S. is not alone, the rest of this “civilized” Western society has their own examples of Steubenville.
This is not a malaise that can be cured by political or judicial legislation, absolutely not. This sickness has to be cut out, amputated and this needs to be done at the grassroots level. Joe and Jill Everyday have to voice their sense of right and of wrong. Joe and Jill Everyday are the only people who can haul society out of the gutter where it seems to be enjoying itself.
Sadly? I don’t think this will happen in my lifetime, or my children’s lifetime. Sadly, I don’t think the will is there. It appears there is some comfort living in the sewers.