What does Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s alleged racist rant say about America?
Life’s too short to harbor ill will towards people or any particular group. The alleged comments by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has crossed out of the sports world and become an instant national scandal because of his view of blacks and minorities.
This country has come a long way since I was a kid in the 1960s, but it shows you we still have a long way to go. Just log in the comments section of many Yahoo stories and no matter the topic, there’s always someone making a statement disparaging someone’s race or religion.
No one is immune whether it’s African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Muslims, Jews and Christians. And as we know, someone’s sexual orientation continues to be attacked simply for expressing it.
Not one story you look at that mentions President Obama fails to disparage his race. No matter what your political persuasion, it’s despicable.
For all the accolades given to social media and the Internet, it opens up a world as to how many people in this country think about their fellow Americans, and it’s not pretty—it’s pretty disgusting, in fact. Too often, social media outlets have turned into a forum for hate.
We’re not setting a very good example as a nation. How are other countries that have less expectation and less tolerance than we do going to overcome their differences if our tone towards each other is so vile? There’s no doubt the progress this country has made and it’s become more tolerant, but it simply shows how far we still have to go.
The good news is the younger generation gets it compared to my age group in the 50s and beyond. You see many more kids who are of different ethnic groups hanging together than when I was a kid and even when I was in college in the 1980s.
I was fortunate to have parents who taught me to treat everyone the same. I received a degree in Middle Eastern Studies and learned Arabic and always looked at the fact that people are different from one another is something that should be viewed with curiosity and fascination.
But as I have often told my friends, people around the world may speak a different language and have different customs, but we’re all the same. We just want to enjoy our lives, families and friends and get the most out of every day we can.
Using your energy on hating others just shows you hate yourself, and it’s such a waste. Let’s get it right, folks.