Cowardice and Racism

Rush Limbaugh claimed yesterday that his racist remarks about Donovan McNabb proves that he’s not a coward when it comes to race.

No. It’s exactly why he’s a coward.

It’s easy to blurt out a racist comment or joke. It takes courage to have a two-way conversation about race with the goal of mutual understanding and common purpose. It’s easy to ignore America’s racist past, but it takes courage to own it. It takes courage to work towards making sure the ugliness of the past doesn’t reemerge.

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