Let’s do a hypothetical:
Someone commits a crime.
They get caught, endure a trial and are sentenced.
They apologize for what they’ve done.
They feel regret and remorse.
They serve out their sentence, and get released.
Does society forgive them for their actions?
Do we allow them to get a job? Home? Go to school?
Do we allow them to have a family, or see the family that they left behind?
Does their family forgive them for their wrongdoing?
Ok- are you keeping your answers and thoughts in your head?
Someone makes a slur- it can be racist, sexist, xenophobic, homophobic, body shaming, contemptuous of people who may have a lower IQ, any remark that can be seen as degrading to a person or group….
They apologize for their actions…
Does society forgive them?
Why or why not?
Can you tell a joke without being derogatory to someone or something?
What do they say…humor is tragedy plus time?
Let’s skip to public figures who err in their choice of speech…
Ellen is now hated because she’s mean, Kevin Hart is a homophobe, Paula Deen is a racist…
Say they apologize:
Do we accept their words now?
Or do we just keep thinking about their words then?
Are they guilty for the rest of their lives?
Or at some point do they get paroled, released from word prison?
Have you ever made a statement that could be considered mean? Against a group or anything?
I know I’ve been known to tell a blonde joke or two…
And what about “It’s OK if I say that because I am of that group…”
For example- I’m ethnically Italian- Am I allowed to make Mafia jokes?
Genetically, I’m about 12% Asian- can I say that’s why I’m good at math? Or why I’m not the greatest driver?
Everyday I hear or read about another person or company that we are supposed to ban…
I want to know who the morality police are…and I want them recorded 24/7…
I want to know why we seem to have slipped back into the world of Puritanism…I can only guess that we have a generation of kids who have never read the Scarlet Letter…
But what letter should these new brand of offenders wear? What should we stitch to their shirt to show the world who they truly are? To make them feel their shame and humiliation every day…
Should we accept apologies?
Or should we punish them forever?