I will never forget watching golf with my dad one Sunday when I was about 8 years old and he explained how the Augusta National course did not allow people that were not white to be members. I was full of fury over this tremendous injustice, going on about how that should be illegal and making the assumption that my father would be just as fired up as I was. Calmly, my father explained, “We should celebrate that in this country we are able to have private clubs that hold their own individual belief systems. It is a privilege that we can hold whatever belief system we want because in many countries, we would be thrown in prison just for believing in God.”
Less than a month ago we were all celebrating the 50 year anniversary of the Martin Luther King, Jr. march on Washington. Today, we are all talking about the racist idiots that are saying horrible things about our newest Miss America, Nina Davuluri, because she is an Indian American. Some misidentified her as an “arab”, said her crowning is “un American”, and that they couldn’t believe this happened with the “9-11 anniversary last week.” I quit reading some of the posts because they were so ugly and disgusting. I am reminded of something Martin Luther King, Jr said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
With that, I offer up huge congratulations to Nina Davuluri for her big win and I celebrate the fact that America allows people to be idiots. Keep it up- you’re making the rest of us look super smart!
Watch Nina’s inspirational Overture video here: http://vimeo.com/72216252