He has a high school diploma, and he was the No. 1 pick of a professional sports organization but blew all of that money on crack and booze. And he is covered in tattoos. And he has young children.
And he speaks often about his faith in Christianity, and his love and faith in Jesus Christ. And he just had another relapse.
Do you both forgive and accept him despite his troubles? Does he merit these second and third chances?
If the person in question is Josh Hamilton, the answer from Cincinnati to Tampa to New York and here in the great state of Texas is yes, yes and yes.
Now the tricky part—would you feel the same way if Josh Hamilton was not a white dude?
Would Josh Hamilton have been asked, let alone agreed, to make his first TV interview since his now famous relapse on Glenn Beck TV—as he did on Wednesday afternoon—if he weren’t white?
The race card may be an easy out for a column, but here we sit in the middle of Black History Month and there is no better time to ask an uncomfortable question: Does Josh Hamilton inspire, generate sympathy and are people largely accepting and supportive simply because of the color of his skin, and to heck with the content of his character?
Even though many of us can’t empathize with Josh’s talents or his demons, does the way he speaks and the color of his skin make us comfortable, thus more forgiving?
Oh yes: Mac Engel, too, is white.
Posted: February 16, 2012 at 03:19 PM | 120 comment(s)
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