Was just thinking about the statues being taken down in the south because of racisim and how it bothered the black people that the statues were of people who were once slave owners. I was thinking about the north and how it may have all started in our own state of Pennsylvania. Tearing down the statues that is. On July 22, 2012, at Penn State University, the 7-foot, 900-pound bronze statue of Joe Paterno was removed because of what he and his associates did at Penn State University. Guess Penn State University did not want to be associated with gays or gay rape, so down came old Joe. Why change history by destroying images of what we were as it does not change who we are. Those statues remind us of history, good or bad.