SORRY TO BE CIVIL – The state of politics today:
A journalism professor at the University of Georgia apologized for offending people after calling the Republican candidate for governor a “nice guy” on Twitter.
Charles Davis, dean of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at UGA, tweeted-then-deleted a message about the President Trump-endorsed candidate for Georgia governor, Brian Kemp, on the night he won the Republican primary.
“I went to high school with GOP guv candidate @BrianKempGA,” Davis wrote in the now-deleted tweet. “We played YMCA ball from childhood. Politics be damned. He is a nice guy, always was. Kind to a fault. He’s a friend, always has been, and will be when we’re old(er) and grey(er). That’s how all this should work, people.”
Liberals on Twitter labeled Davis a “racist” and one user said “You’d never vote for a black woman and would much rather vote for the white racist,” as reported by CampusReform.org.
Three days after the tweet that put him under fire, Davis issued an apology.
“I’d like to apologize to anyone offended by my tweet shout out to Brian Kemp,” Davis wrote. “It was ill-timed and poorly written. I’ve read and learned so much from you all and will endeavor to be more thoughtful.”
The self-criticism session was very successful, apparently. But I don’t think the Cultural Revolution should be treated as an instruction manual.
We live in sad times when one is hounded for saying something nice about someone from the other side. Not agreeing with their politics or anything like that, mind you; just positing that they might be a decent human being. Because to the outrage mob on the social media there is no such thing as a decent Republican; Republicans are not simply wrong but evil. And those naive who don’t recognise that fact must be shamed and made to publicly repent. Every knee shall bend.
I pity those myopic people. I have lots of friends whose politics I don’t share but love them nevertheless, because politics is not everything; in fact it is often hardly anything. I also know that a lot of prominent people on the other side of the barricades are likewise good and decent human beings, even if I think they are misguided. Goodness and decency have no politics, just as they have no religion or skin colour. If you can’t recognise that, you should take a hard look at yourself because there is something seriously wrong with your life.