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Posted: May 18, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: May 18, 2014 2:00 a.m.

I have been reading the arguments in the letters to the editor section for this past week relating to Donald Sterling and his racist comments.

On Thursday, I could not believe what I read in The Mighty Signal.

Are adults really saying, “Well, if they can say it, why can’t we?”

How about this: Hold yourself to a higher standard regardless of what Donald Sterling, Magic Johnson or anyone says or writes.

Yes, Donald Sterling’s comments were not exactly what we should hear from a team owner, but at the same time he broke no law, he spoke in a private conversation and he has his own cross to bear.

I am not endorsing his comments or any of the letters written. What I am doing is encouraging people to live up to their own standards regardless of what others say and do.

I teach high school government, and we have been on this story since its inception.

The First Amendment guarantees freedom of speech, not freedom of speech until it offends one class of people or the other.

Let the comments of all these bigots stand on their own — and how about the rest of us holding ourselves to standards our mothers and our kids would be proud of.

Racism is racism, no matter who it comes from and under any context.

Instead of pointing out people who have said racist statements, how about us setting a standard that we can all be proud to embrace?



Mella: Posted: May 18, 2014 6:08 a.m.

How about we focus on some REAL problems, and not the rantings of some addelpated old fart?

stevehw: Posted: May 18, 2014 11:21 a.m.

"The First Amendment guarantees freedom of speech, not freedom of speech until it offends one class of people or the other."

If you're teaching this in a high school government class, I hope you're teaching that the First Amendment *does not apply* to private businesses, who can restrict all the speech they wish.

In other words, this whole incident has *nothing* to do with the First Amendment or "freedom of speech".

chefgirl358: Posted: May 18, 2014 7:43 p.m.

Yawn, I'm bored.

jpsval: Posted: May 19, 2014 11:27 a.m.

The response by 'chefgirl358' is the problem. Why even make a hubris comment; its that attitude of arrogance which apparently is in agreement with Sterling's remarks that fuels the flames of racism. I agree with John - how about the rest of us holding ourselves to standards our mothers and our kids would be proud of.

17trillion: Posted: May 19, 2014 11:44 a.m.

"Why even make a hubris comment"

You say that word, hubris, but I do not think it means what you think it means.

I think the answer to racism is to have a conversation about it. We don't do that in this country and it's time I think to start. Lets see, I think I'll head over to MSLSD because THEY certainly know how to have a conversation about race.

jpsval: Posted: May 19, 2014 12:00 p.m.

hubris - excessive pride or self-confidence.
synonyms: arrogance, conceit, haughtiness, hauteur, pride, self-importance, egotism, pomposity, superciliousness, superiority;

"yawn I'm bored" to me indicates arrogance, pomposity & superiority. Before you have any further conversations I suggest you finish your high school education.

17trillion: Posted: May 19, 2014 12:29 p.m.

It used to be ok for someone to admit they were wrong or ignorant about something. But today that is no longer the case as displayed above. When one displays ignorance and someone politely points out that their usage of the word showed that they didn't know what the definition was, then that person is attacked for HIS lack of education. I could even contend that you DID know what "hubris" meant and you interpreted Chefgirl's response as such, but instead you double down on your cluelessness by inviting me to finish high school, which isn't all that clever by the way. "Yawn, I'm bored" indicates to me a disinterest in the subject mater, not superiority.

But lets look at the bright side. We've established a couple things today so far. First, you now know what "hubris" means and second, you have failed to hold yourself to a standard your mother and kids would be proud of.

jpsval: Posted: May 19, 2014 1:26 p.m.

too funny - 17trillion You are hubris!!! yawn I'm bored.

17trillion: Posted: May 19, 2014 1:43 p.m.

If you're going to use hubris as an adjective, the proper word is hubristic.

chefgirl358: Posted: May 19, 2014 1:59 p.m.

jpsval, since you don't know me at all and I haven't seen your name before on these boards, let me explain my comment. The previous letters to the editor and opinion columns written on this topic resulted in hundreds of comments from people arguing their viewpoints. My reply on this post was simply my way of stating that I suspect people are going to post the exact same arguments here and rehash the same thing again. It doesn't seem like anyone ever changes their opinions, they just argue their own point endlessly. I'm not saying I don't do that on subjects that I am passionate about, I do, but this subject has already been beaten to death and the outcome will be the same either way. This letter to the editor seems silly to me as I believe most of us are not racists and of course we try to be decent to other people and hold ourselves to higher standards! It seems silly to me that anyone thinks a letter like that is going to actually register in the head of someone who has nasty thoughts or actions, like all of the sudden they'll read this letter and say, wow, I should try to be a better person! Give me a break!

jpsval: Posted: May 19, 2014 2:51 p.m.

chefgirl; fair comment and I appreciate your insight and explanation - frankly I agree with your feelings and position; further I apologize for my rush to judgement. I don't normally read the LTE and your comment simply caught me off-guard and I felt moved to comment. Thanks Its refreshing to know there are those who actually "get it"

chefgirl358: Posted: May 19, 2014 3:33 p.m.


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