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Issue of October 22, 2014
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America cannot win with racist attitudes

May 07, 2014 | 12:42 PM

For the rest of his life, Donald Sterling will be remembered for racist remarks even though they were made in private. Paula Deen and Cliven Bundy will also be remembered for their racist remarks, as will Don Imus. Imus made on-air comments in 2007 about the Rutger's women's basketball team.

Question of the Week
Do you think L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling should be banned for life from the NBA?
Regardless of all the good any individual may have done in life, it only takes one racist remark to dismantle an entire kingdom.

I thought Joan Rivers really sounded stupid on April 22 when she appeared on "The Today Show" and compared accommodations in her daughter's guest room to those the Cleveland women kidnapped by Ariel Castro experienced when they were held captive and raped for 10 years. She was trying to be funny, but bad stuff that happens to people is not funny.

Sterling, Deen and Imus have made massive amounts of money and did not do so out of ignorance. Although Deen suffered financial consequences, Sterling's wealth is in no danger as he stands to make even more profit selling the Los Angeles Clippers.

We need to eliminate racism all around. Black people should eliminate the "N" word and all other terminology that is offensive. There is no excuse for it in music, comedy or professional sports.

Racism is not just about African-Americans. Slurs made about our Hispanic, Latino and Asian citizens are just as painful. America is now hugely multicultural and is becoming more so almost every day. It's no longer the blacks and the whites.

America cannot remain the No. 1 country in the world until we see each other as fellow Americans regardless of race or gender. It will take all of us to solve our issues, including energy, clean water, jobs, debt, defense and the endless list. If we continue to devour and hurt each other, we will destroy ourselves from the inside.

Only teams win games. One individual seldom carries a team to a championship. Regardless if it's football, basketball or baseball, everyone is necessary to bring about victory. There cannot be inward fighting, jealousy, hatred and name calling. Such activity divides a team and guarantees defeat.

We have to work harder in this country to move beyond color, gender and ethnicity. We must see the bigger picture. It can no longer be the attitude of us four and no more. We must make our circle bigger, including all who love our country, abide by our Constitution and pledge allegiance to the same flag.

Glenn Mollette is an American columnist and author. He can be reached by e-mail at

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    May 08, 2014 | 01:52 PM

    Glenn, you left out one point of racism, and that is the racists remarks made by blacks against whites. It's just as bad! Talk about racist! Whites are discriminated against today. Blacks have a much better chance at a good education. So it's not just the whites showing racism!

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    May 10, 2014 | 12:30 PM

    Cathy is entirely right in her comment. Living in past or retaliating for sins of the past does nothing but insure more of the sins of the past. Equal punishment of all, regardless of race, who commit racial acts is the only way to eliminate racism.

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    If you want things to change, BE the change
    May 11, 2014 | 01:26 PM

    The arguments cited in the replies above fall into the childish, "Well, HE did it, too!" category. It's time for us to BE the change we want to see. THAT'S what real adults do. Until someone is the "bigger person," and acts maturely, this childish stuff will continue.

    Don't just ask for change, or tell someone else to change; BE the change. That's the only way anything gets better.

    Mark D Knight
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    Mr. Mark K. Knight reply
    May 12, 2014 | 03:01 PM

    It seems to me as hardly the way to
    encourage dialogue with someone would
    be to call their point of view as childish and is not the thing "real adults" do ...

    Alan Jones
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    May 12, 2014 | 03:43 PM

    "Racism is not just about African-Americans. Slurs made about our Hispanic, Latino and Asian citizens are just as painful. America is now hugely multicultural and is becoming more so almost every day."

    but anything about whites is okay? Is it only "whites" that are racist? Apprently so, right?

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    If not ME...then WHO will BE the change?
    May 13, 2014 | 04:17 PM

    I call them as I see them. If you act like kids on a playground, that's "childish." NO ONE has a monopoly on racism. Blacks can be racist just as much as whites. NEITHER is being mature when expressing racist thoughts, or pursuing racist actions. And just because one person or group is doing something we know to be WRONG, that doesn't excuse the rest of us when we express similar thoughts and pursue similar actions. The only way to facilitate change for the better is for each of us, as individuals, to BE the make the changes in our own lives. "When I became a man, I put away childish things...", reads one passage of scripture. If we continue to behave in childish manners, we will continue to be seen as children, rather than the adults we should be. And if we are HONEST with one another, we call childish behavior "childish behavior" because that's exactly what it is. So let's be honest with one another, let's be adults, and let's not wait for "the other person" to be an adult when we have the same capacity within ourselves. Pointing out the sins of others, and using that as our own excuse to sin, probably won't gain any of us an advantage when we have to answer for all we've done and haven't done] in our lives. I would rather be criticized in this life for standing up on the side of what's right, than to be condemned in the next one for not doing so.

    Mark D Knight
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    May 15, 2014 | 08:04 AM

    Check your privilege!

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