|With Deen’s apology, we need to move on|
Letter to the Editor:
Racism is an awful reality of American life, past and present. In the eyes of the liberal media it is the sin du jour.Witness the treatment given Paula Deen after she admitted using the N-word three decades ago. She has apologized profusely, but this does not satisfy her critics. They want the entire country to punish her economically and in any other way possible. Back in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s, there were unfortunately millions of people using the derogatory term. We had black patients in our hospital clinics that used the N-word to describe relatives or acquaintances they didn’t like. Some black entertainers use the term today.
There is something far more damaging to the African-American community than a racial slur. It is the single-parent family — the best predictor of poverty. Tragically, 72% of black babies are born outside of wedlock. These children are more likely to become involved in crime, drug abuse, have difficulties in school and encounter a host of other problems.
There is a need for good role models in the black community. Where do we hear the outcry from the media when famous athletes and other public figures get young women pregnant outside of marriage, leaving single moms to raise children without fathers?
Perhaps there should be an economic boycott of famous men in the public eye that act so irresponsibly. Let’s pound them the way Matt Lauer and other liberals are punishing Paula Deen.
Racism becomes an issue in American political discourse. Liberals are very sensitive to criticisms of President Obama. They tend to react by playing the race card. News flash — critics of Obama do not have a problem with his race; they dislike his policies.
Similarly, black conservatives opposed the way the white President Carter led our nation and not because of his race. We are a divided country in need of reconciliation and forgiving attitudes.
For Biblical insight, we can turn to the eighth chapter of John’s gospel. The pharisees brought a woman caught in the act of adultery to Jesus. They knew the law prescribed stoning as punishment for this offense. But Jesus said that whoever was without sin should throw the first stone. Nobody responded. Jesus told the woman to go and sin no more. He forgave her and he commands us to forgive one another.
So when people do or say things that are dumb and hurtful, let us be more measured in our responses. If someone apologizes sincerely, we need to move on.
Certainly there are things too hurtful to allow reconciliation. But where possible, forgiveness is the right course to take and it is good for our health in the long run.
Warren Anderson, M.D.
|Tuesday, July 02, 2013 1:46 PM|