Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Racism—Which Way Does It Go?

The country is taken up these days with the subject of racism. The owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team, Donald Sterline, was caught on a hidden audiotape by his girlfriend making an obnoxious racist comment about Black people. He has been fined $2.5 million and strongly encouraged to sell his ownership of the team. The NBA wants to get rid of him, apparently.
All that being said, I want to make the point that Nancy and I have been the recipients of heavy-handed racism at the hands of Black people in Detroit. Racism goes both ways.

This episode of racism was racism against Blacks from a White man. My question is—how much media buzz and strong public opinion would this episode have engendered if the racism had been against Whites from a Black man? The answer is, “Hardly none.”

Discriminating against persons on the basis of their race, alone, is a terrible sin; and nobody of good character will participate in it. But, Whites, alone, are not the only ones guilty of this kind of travesty—other races are just as guilty.

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