Repent for eternity?
Despite the sanctimony of some, people have different views and purposes to justify their beliefs on such matters as these Confederate statues. Those who view these statues as weeds need to get the logic of ISIS out of their moral system.
So, how long must the South endure Reconstruction? Must we wear sackcloth and repent for eternity? After these statues are removed, what next? Will they come for Mark Twain and William Faulkner books? When will the sanitizing of the America South ever be satisfactory for these transplant Yankees?
As for me, I did not pick my parents or my history. I have not worn out the name my father gave me. So I will continue my appreciation of the South, and its contribution of social justice. By the way, this is why nearly all race riots happen in the North.
The first step in healing is acknowledging the wound. Racism against Native Americans, African-Americans and others is our country's deepest wound and most foundational sin. Yet many people, including many in positions of power, are either indifferent to racism or deny that it is an ongoing problem. Our president numbers chief among them.
The national anthem protests draw attention in a nonviolent way to the racism that too many would deny. Many of those who object to such protests seem to care more about the "sanctity" of the sport than about the ongoing blight of racism.
In his "Letter From Birmingham Jail," Martin Luther King Jr. challenged those who were more concerned with his nonviolent demonstrations than with the systemic violence that spawned them.
The way to unity is not by denying there is a problem, nor by relegating it to "acceptable" (i.e. non-athletic spaces), but by persistently focusing attention on it. Our country needs that as much now as ever.
As MLK Jr. wrote, "I have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth. ... We must see the need for nonviolent gadflies to create the kind of tension in society that will help men rise from the dark depths of prejudice and racism to the majestic heights of understanding and brotherhood."
In other words, we need more nonviolent gadflies like Kaepernick.
Not only do the athletes have the right to protest -- they are right to do so.
Leonard Pitts' editorial on Friday, Sept. 29, is typical of his white-bashing and race-baiting comments. Has he ever posted a column with a positive slant? Our country is polarized and divided and we do not need more fuel to the fire, and that is the basis of Pitts' whole career in op-ed aimed as a disgruntled author of hate and the separation of the races.
The DRC should be ashamed in keeping the hot fires of discrimination-fueled comments of marginal "journalists" (I use the term loosely) such as Pitts.