Bigotry has it limits. This is the main lesson I have learned from Roseanne Barr’s bigoted tweet about Valerie Jarrett.
No sooner than I had rhetorically muttered to myself, “Will these acts of racism and bigotry ever end,” the American Broadcast Company, on their on volition, cancelled the Roseanne Barr Show.
The action of ABC was swift, clear and decisive. Perhaps, this is the first salvo in the war to end all hate speech in the world.
Since the emergence of the political phenomena of Donald Trump, public discourse in the country has ebbed to the darkest corners of human interactions.
Finally, somebody stood up and took on the bully bigots who have run roughshod over the good and decent people in the town square. A media conglomerate which stood to make millions of dollars in advertisement revenue cancelled their most popular show, without hesitancy, on the same day Starbucks closed its doors, to the dismay of its shareholders, so their entire organization could undergo sensitivity training on racial tolerance.
In years to come, when the historians are assessing the 21st century, we will look back on this day, as a defining moment in this century. For today, Edmund Burke’s “good people” did something to prevent the triumph of evil over good.
Without a doubt, had Barr gone to bed and not tweeted out last night, bigotry would not have met its limit. I’m so glad she stayed up and spouted her ugliness.
More so, I’m delighted ABC said enough is enough is enough.
To paraphrase Frederick Douglass, “The exact limits of bigotry that will be imposed upon a people is prescribed by the limits of those who endure it.”
Kudos to ABC!