The Price of Ignorance


The recent racist rant of the LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling and the subsequent lifelong ban and 2.5 million dollar fine imposed has once again caused a firestorm about racism in America. It is a sad day in a repeated ad nauseum saga of ignorant folk doing what they do best, they are dumbing down a society who has longed for all humans to be seen as just that human, no matter what color the skin. In a country where our history is at best abhorrent when it comes to the treatment of those of color, most of us find it hard to stomach such ignorance almost 60 years after the civil rights movement. For those of us at a certain age, we remember the 60’s and the horrific treatment of African Americans, and then in 1992 we lived through the nightmare which was Rodney King being beaten mercilessly by the corrupt Los Angeles police. That was followed by reverse racism when white truck driver Reginald Denny was ripped from his 18 wheeler and beaten to unconsciousness during the fall out of the Rodney King trial which rapidly sparked the LA riots. We thought we turned a corner only to have racism rear its ugly head once more and in a colossal way…the O. J. Simpson trial. It did not take a Mensa member to see how obvious it was that this was an open and shut case yet once again ignorance had its way and fed the division in this country.
I secretly think the world rejoiced when Barack Obama was elected as President not necessarily because of policies or campaign promises but because it seemed to prove that America had grown up and was choosing value verses color. It had nothing to do with politics for many people but more it had to do with a historical moment in time which many never thought would arrive. It was the same when Nelson Mandela was freed from prison and elected as the President of South Africa. The world seemed to sigh in relief at the elevation of a man who such injustice had been hurled upon for more than 30 years.
Now we have the Nevada rancher who conservatives where taunting as a hero for battling the government over grazing on government lands. His fall from grace was swift and politicians everywhere abandoned him like the nuclear bomb he was when he spewed out idiotic racial comments like spitting tobacco. This rancher in his 70’s and Donald Sterling the Clippers coach in his 80’s has to make you wonder if these guys are brothers from another mother. But sadly these are the old guard, the good ole’ boys network which is now a thing of the past, or at least we all hope it is. They are falling right and left because society is finally, painfully struggling to either evolve or go backwards. With reality shows blasting the consciousness of anyone surfing to find an intelligent show and the elevation of the lowest forms of ignorance running rampant it is high time we get something right!
But we have to face the truth or the reality of racism. As in the two cases mentioned above, you cannot change some people because they simply don’t know they have done anything wrong. Both Bundy and Sterling are completely and tragically oblivious to what is acceptable and what is now socially unacceptable. They are incurable not because they are not intelligent people but simply because they do not have the soul capacity to understand the fundamental fact that all human beings no matter what race, creed or gender are equal.