Sins of the father


This is what happens when you stop looking at people as individuals:

Lilly Diabetes has pulled its sponsorship of Conor Daly’s No. 6 car in the NASCAR Xfinity race at Road America, citing a racially insensitive remark made by the driver’s father in the 1980s that surfaced this week.

Lilly said in a statement Friday that its sponsorship was intended to raise awareness for treatment options and resources for people living with diabetes.

Instead it has raised awareness of the fact that Lilly are assholes.

In a statement, Daly [Sr] said he admitted to using a racial slur for African-Americans during a radio interview in the early 1980s. Daly, who had just moved to the United States then, said the term had a different meaning and connotation in his native Ireland.

Daly said he was “mortified’” when he learned how the term was used in the United States and has never used it since then. Conor Daly, 26, wasn’t born when his father made the comment.

This is completely bonkers – even if you believe that it wasn’t one slip and  Conor Daly’s dad was a racist and a terrible person, what does it have to do with Conor himself, since there is absolutely no indication of any wrong-doing or wrong-thinking on his part?

One of the great moral developments in the Bible occurs around the Book of Ezekiel, where the Israelites and/or their God (depends on your perspective) decide to ditch the old tribal ethic of intergenerational  feud, whereby descendants are tainted by and responsible for the actions of their ancestors. The new morality no longer punishes people for the sins of their fathers; they are their own moral agents, to be judged only for their own behaviour vis-a-vis God and others.

It’s sad to see us backsliding as a society. What adds to this ethical decline is the influence of Marxist identity politics, where everyone is seen as a member of a particular group based on just one characteristic that they have no control over (gender, race, sexuality). The belief that you can’t be associated with someone who’s father once publicly said the N-word is a close cousin of the belief that because of “whiteness” and  “white privilege” hundreds of millions of people, from Bill Gates to a homeless beggar under a bridge are essentially the same, essentially evil, and essentially the beneficiaries from the suffering of all other groups, which are just as broadly defined.

It’s madness. We need sponsorships to raise the awareness of these old and new pernicious ideologies.