In a world where talent and ability matter more than character and virtue, what is an old racist to do?
Donald Sterling, former owner of the LA Clippers behaved abhorrently in many ways over the years, which was well documented everywhere:
- in court documents,
- among close friends and business associates,
- even by a fractured, distracted, ADD-ridden, news media.
But until his comments were recorded surreptitiously and then played back, not one iota of an issue was raised.
He was even given an award by the NAACP.
But now that the dust has settled on that unrepentant old racist, what are we to think of his sudden change in fortune?
In this current incarnation of American culture, talent, and ability trump character.
And character and virtue seem to only matter as they publicly buttress innate talent and ability.
See Tiger Woods’ fall from grace as an example of this.
When culture giveth position, power, accolades, and applause, culture can also taketh away.
Forgiveness and grace are gifts to be given out of a sense of compassion and empathy (are Sterling, Woods, former Mozilla Firefox CEO Brendan Eich not human? Do they not bleed?) But a desire for lockstep conformity prohibits this. And when character is linked exclusively to talent and ability forgiveness and grace are hard to come by.
Because everybody fails.
Particularly the envious.