Turn on the news and you expect to see people of different races and politics denouncing each other. That's why what happened last week on "The Kelly File,"
Following the expulsion of
Kelly, who is normally in complete control, was stunned and nearly speechless. It was not what she -- or any of us -- expected. Judgment, retribution, rioting, censorship, shaming, loss of job and prestige are the norm, not forgiveness, especially when the offending students, at the time, hadn't asked for it.
Hill told Kelly: "It is not smart to fight hate with hate. It is only logical to fight hate with love."
This brings to mind what Rev.
What would have better served the interests of OU, Rice and Pettit and the larger student body? Instead of focusing on punishment and expulsion, shutting down the fraternity house and evicting all its residents, the goal should have been redemption. Redemption is a harder road to travel, but the destination should be to change the students' thinking, not bludgeon them into silence where any racist thoughts might fester and grow worse.
How to accomplish this?
In today's world of instant communication, which is different from conversation, we know our fellow Americans by categories. We are all parts of groups, often pitted against each other. The integrity of the individual has been gobbled up by groupthink. If you are African-American, for example, you are supposed to be liberal, angry at white people and vote only for Democrats. Those who stray from this ideological and political plantation are to be denounced and expelled.
What should have happened at the
Listening to another person's story humanizes them and fosters equality far more than any civil rights legislation, or attempts to control speech. Many people have said that while they regard
In her book, "The Power of Forgiveness: Why Revenge Doesn't Work," Dr.
In the musical "South Pacific," librettist
Again, Dr. King said it best: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."