CURL: What to do with racism in the 21st century

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For Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, he was banned for life, fined $2.5 million. He likely will be forbidden from owning an NBA team. And if you’re white, you know we can’t talk of such things. Like the “Seinfeld” show, when Elaine, dating a man she thinks is black, says: “I don’t think we should be talking about this.”

But a black man like Allen West can, and we should listen. “Have we come to a point in America where being a jerk is grounds for confiscation of a private property? It was Englishman John Locke who first proposed that individual rights as granted under natural law were life, liberty, and property. It was Thomas Jefferson who in the American Declaration of Independence used that paradigm to propose our unalienable rights from our Creator being life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Sterling’s comments were repulsive, but they were stated in the privacy of his own home — at least he thought it was private.”

We’ll deal with racism through the 21st century, the 22nd. How we do so sets who we are. Making the racists “pay” is silly. Making them change, see the wrong, admit it, is the way.

America has been on the right trajectory since its founding — not always, not like a rocket, but undeniably.

Joseph Curl covered the White House and politics for a decade for The Washington Times. He can be reached at josephcurl@gmail.com and on Twitter @josephcurl.

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