Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Opinion

May 2, 2014

OUR VIEW: The battle against racism far from over

GLASGOW — During the course of its history, the United States has made obvious progress in regard to race relations. Few would argue, however, that we’ve come far enough.

For many Americans, the anger and outrage directed at Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling – who was banned for life from the NBA this week after a recording surfaced in which he made racist comments – was spiked with resignation and disappointment. While we all understand that the journey to equality is incomplete, the reminders of just how far we still must go are sometimes difficult to accept.

Beyond Sterling’s comments, we’ve seen in recent years the different ways racial and ethnic tensions manifest in modern society: the largely defunct “birther” movement involving President Barack Obama’s heritage, the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin case, the rampant racial profiling following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the shootings last month at a Jewish facility in Kansas. These are high-profile examples of everyday threads that are still woven through American life. We may be well beyond the days of segregation, but Sterling voiced opinions that continue to be shared by more people than we care to think about.

Human beings will always fall short in our pursuit of a truly equal society. Perfection, of course, is impossible. But the fact there are Donald Sterlings still among us doesn’t mean we’re failing – it just means we can’t give up.

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