As a Christian, and as someone who has made and will continue to make mistakes, I am a believer in second chances. Such a believer, in fact, that despite their past sins and my hatred of the media, I defended NBC's decision to give Brian Williams a second chance. And although his biased reporting drives me crazy, I did the same when the Washington Post gave Dave Weigel a second chance. I also agree with much of the left's positions on criminal justice reform, especially when it comes to black men.
If you commit a crime and go through the criminal justice system and pay your dues to society, society must give everyone (other than recidivist-prone rapists and child molesters) something close to a clean slate. You can't fix a relationship if you never let the other person forget they made a mistake. If you want to fix the relationship between society and a convicted criminal who has paid his debt, society must get over the crime and allow that person to move on.
Because black men do in fact commit a disproportionate amount of crime, it is also true that a disproportionate number of black men are in prison. For their sake and the sake of too many inner-city children lacking a male role model, this clean slate is especially important. We are also imprisoning too many black men for non-violent drug crimes. This seems absurd to me. These men need help in overcoming their addictions. Warehousing them among hardened criminals is a terrible idea.
One area where the media/Left and I disagree, though, is that this forgiveness should only be applied to those who do not openly support Donald Trump.
One area where the media/Left and I disagree, though, is that this forgiveness should only be applied to those who do not openly support Donald Trump. You see, unlike the left, I am consistent on this issue. Politics have no bearing on my position. Which brings me to my point…
As a young man, legendary boxing promoter Don King was a violent, degenerate criminal. In 1966, King killed two men. One killing was deemed a justifiable homicide. King was convicted of second degree murder for stomping another man to death, a man who owed him $600. Although the judge later reduced the crime to manslaughter, King still served a little over three years in prison. In 1983, King received a full pardon from the governor.
Those are the facts, they are not pretty, and they should not be whitewashed.
In the fifty years that have passed, however, while rumors have swirled around King's business practices in the hopelessly sleazy world of boxing (including an investigation into organized crime ties in the early eighties) King has never been charged, much less convicted of anything.
I don't remember this response from our media in '08 and '12.
In the meantime, King has lived his "Only In America" catchphrase; he has remade himself into the most famous boxing promoter in history. King is one of America's great showmen, someone who delivered some of the greatest fights in history, including the "Rumble in the Jungle" (Ali v. Foreman) and the "Thrilla In Manilla" (Ali v. Frazier).
In 2008 and 2012, King supported Barack Obama. And maybe I'm wrong and maybe I don't know how to use the Google machine correctly, but I don't remember this response from our media in '08 and '12:
Top of Bloomberg: "King was pardoned for manslaughter conviction in 1983"
If our hopelessly corrupt media had even a sliver of integrity, they would admit that the only real crime they find King guilty of is "Supporting Donald Trump While Black."
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