Is this how far we have come?
I love freedom of speech, so Snoop, you do what you gotta do my fellow American. I openly hear you. However, I gotta balance out the universe a little, too many important and valuable people have taught me a different lesson in responding to hurtful and ignorant events such as the one unfolding around Donald Sterling.
As the news swarms the fate of Donald Sterling for his offensive and hurtful comments, I think we should also wonder why we don’t give ourselves, as a country, more credit for coming so far? We have come a long way if you start to add it all up. Is the journey complete? No, but we have traveled a long way in a very short amount of time. There is a lot we can be proud of. Why can’t we recognize a painful history and openly appreciate how much work we’ve done as a nation to strengthen civil rights for so many? WE as a nation made many lives better. WE as a nation learned to value one another more deeply and fairly. WE learned who was wrong and we worked to make it right.
Is it really possible to punish Donald Sterling at his stage in his life? No. He’s already spent the majority of the most valuable thing he will ever have, time. What will it eventually cost us if we punish him with hate, legal manipulations, or violate the rights of free enterprise? He sucks, no doubt about it, but there is a sad lonely cave waiting for him he won’t enjoy. Maybe he is the example of what not to be so we will always remember who we don’t want to be? Does a witch hunt ever really succeed?
Spend time loving someone in honor of how far we’ve come. So many continue to suffer because we are a culture of punishment rather than forgiveness and love. If you have learned love, or received love from the many changes America has made in the past, teach it relentlessly with kindness, patience and joy to all those who have not been so fortunate.
Yes, Snoop . . . You too! You have more ears than I do.