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Published: Tuesday, April 29 2014 3:40 p.m. MDT

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

I wonder when we'll see a crackdown by the nba on language such as the n-word(and no, there is no difference between a white person saying it or a black person, no race owns different words. And giving two sets of rules to different races is racism)

You'd think the African American community would stop using the racist n-word if they truly wanted to do away with racism.

t-ville, UT

"Will the time come when society matures to a point where we don’t categorize or label people by the color of their skin? We can only hope so."

By the color of their skin... or sexual orientation. Keep trying though! Some of us will keep encouraging you through the enlightenment process, but for now I guess recognizing the frailties of categorizing a person by the color of their skin will suffice.

Saint George, UT

This issue is a dog chasing its tail. You call for an end to racism-whatever that is-and then identify a particular group as "Africa-American." Isn't that moniker racist? Every time we put some country of supposed origin in front of the word "American" racism has raised its ugly head. Society forces us to be racist by perpetuating stereotypes in the media, sports, and politics. If race is not brought up every so often, some organization (NAACP, Latin Attorney's Association, the alphabet networks) will make sure we are reminded how racist we all are. How many times do we hear: "She is the first black female reporter" or "He is the first Jewish-American-Mormon-Gay jogger to win a medium-sized half-marathon." The more we as a people try to change, the more society forces us to remember to stay the same.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

Each new generation sheds more racist and antiquated beliefs.
Just one generation before me, people were fighting to marry the person they love, even though a majority of folks made up of ignorant racist wanted to keep folks segregated, "The way God intended." It would be a few more years before the LDS church would change their (not) doctrine to allow blacks equal access to ALL their ordinances.
It's hard for a lot of folks to change their beliefs when what they've been taught most their lives as the "Truth" isn't really the truth.

Roanoke, VA

A nice piece extolling the virtues of politically correct thinking. It would appear the Eyre's long for the day when we all look and think alike. I wore the uniform, defending the right of American's to say ignorant things in the privacy of their own homes. Those days are rapidly coming to an end. I hear the ghost of Orwell yelling "I told you so!"

Cedar Hills, UT

As long as it can further an agenda, I don't think we will ever see the end of race.

Consider the situation involving George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin. There was never any evidence that race had anything to do with Zimmerman shooting to defend his life. Zimmerman volunteered time tutoring minority kids and got along with his neighbors of all ethnic backgrounds. Yet for months the story was presented by the media with a race narrative.

Virginia Beach, VA

"Will racial bigotry and prejudice ever end?"

. . . No

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

The issue isn't racism, but rather the Internet and an insatiable need to bolster the narrative.
Donald Sterling has a history of prejudicial actions going back decades. Within the sports world those actions were well-known.
Our PC world will continue to attack people at the time of their choosing. Some are given a pass today and will be made to suffer tomorrow.
We must all be careful about what we say and when we say it. Perhaps the Eyres should tell us how to teach that to our children.
Rule #1: Never say, "Some of my best friends are _________."

Kirk R Graves
West Jordan, UT


First, your are right, it is not ok to judge people on their color or their sexual orientation.

However there is a world of difference between a person's skin tone (or sexual orientation) and a person's behavior. Law has no right to differentiate base on color or preference, but law regularly differentiates based on behavior. In fact, that is the very essence of what law is, the discrimination of certain behaviors to create a stable, self-replicating, society.

American First
Merced, CA

There's alot of racism in the NBA and it's not all coming from whites.

t-ville, UT

@Kirk R Graves

"to create a stable, self-replicating, society."

Define stable. Define self-replicating. Define society. I'm sure we'll disagree on the very definitions. But since you've got it all figured out, why not move to a secluded area where everyone behaves according to your recommendation. But if you stay here, why not join the party! We have pluralism! And rule of law that prohibits enforcing any one group's narrow definition of common good over another's.

That's why the SSM movement is gaining traction. Not because we're out to get religious groups that cling to their liberal bible interpretation, but because there is inherent value in allowing people in a free society to be free. Allowing discrimination on the basis of biological features has, historically speaking, marginalized people and prohibited access to certain benefits of our society. Let me pose a challenge: apply empathy towards other people as liberally as you read the Bible. For each verse that is ignored, find a group that you are unfamiliar with and learn about their struggles or grievances. One is bound to find broader horizons and a deeper sense of living.

Kirk R Graves
West Jordan, UT


From the tone of your comment, I have to assume you would prefer that anyone not in support of SSM should "move to a secluded area where everyone behaves according to (their) recommendation", rather than be willing to have an open and honest discussion on the issue.

Yes, the rule of law is how we govern. But, the issue is not "should the law rule?", but how to interpret that law. For 200+ years, there has been no question about what the word "marriage" meant. Whenever a law was created or enforced during those years it was with that definition in mind. Now, certain groups are trying to change that definition.

That is really what the issue is. Once we as a nation decide if we want to change the definition of the word, then the Law can be applied. Until then, rather than let the people decide what that definition is, certain groups are doing an end-run around the will of the people and getting the word changed through the courts.

Does that sound like the pluralistic approach to law?

Kirk R Graves
West Jordan, UT


Sorry, I forgot your definitions.

(my definitions since that is what you asked for)

Society - A structured community of people bound together by similar traditions, institutions, nationality. This has nothing to do with religion, but definitely includes shared moral values.

Stable - Able to flex and adapt to changes around it without giving up it core common values.

Self-Replicating - In order to last, any society must pass it's values on to the next generation. This requires 1) a next generation, and 2) a consistent message about what those values are.

Any society which fails in any of these 3 areas simply fails as a society, in the same way that Darwin postulated natural selection works. A stronger culture conquers or absorbs the weaker society. By definition, a culture which rejects its own mores has failed as a society because it has become something different.

Roanoke, VA

I suppose it was inevitable that a piece on racism would draw SSM supporters, although I don't know why, but it does raise a question: do the Eyre's suggest we have to accept SSM to prove we are not bigots, too? If I'm overheard saying, from my living room, that I don't believe in SSM, should I be fired from my job, banned from ever going to, say, a museum?

Mark B
Eureka, CA

How sad that, even today, we can't quite seem to get beyond the "yeah, well they do it, too" stage. And last time I looked, the NBA had no franchises in Merced.

Clearfield, UT

As soon as ignorant propaganda and professional sports immorality ends, and the whole truth in context (check the youtube video, sounds more like 'jealousy' then discrimination) is revealed and understood with compassion and charity in place of reverse bigotry, racism and hate.

I do not understand how an NBA owner who signs the payroll checks of 80% of the African American/minority team players, African American Head Coach, 3 of 4 African American/minority assistant coaches, numerous African American/minority trainers and arena employees, I need not go on, is accused of racial discrimination.

Oh, and by the way the video should expose his minority girlfriend to be the real culprit of reverse discrimination and dishonesty.

Oh, and by the way as I have observed over the course of my life isn't it mostly the rich, greedy white race that supports the minority athletes by attending the professional/collegiate sporting events where affirmative action is nonexistent and purchases and wears the apparel and sports memorabilia regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation/morality, religion etc. etc?

I thought society had progressed into the 21st century, I suppose it just goes to show that bogus, divisive retro reruns still pay the bills.

t-ville, UT


"honest discussion on the issue."

That's fair, but goes both ways. One side wants equal access to an institution currently reserved by a narrow definition that they feel should be expanded to include same gender couples. The other side (yours presumably) wants the definition maintained and to reluctantly open alternative avenues for same gender couples to gain the monetary benefits of marriage, but with a different title. The honesty breaks down at the point of why same-sex couples do not qualify for marital status under the law. The actual reason is that homosexuality is condemned in the Bible and thus considered a choice by lustful or sexually confused individuals, rather than a natural occurrence in both ours and every other observed dual-gender species. So the question raised is: why are the legal defenses for prop 8 and it's replicants not addressing the Biblical origins of the argument and instead providing debunked and scientifically biased studies in the court room? Moreover, if history is any indication of future behavior, then animals, and humans in particular, are not in any need of encouragement to propagate and we could presumably cross that bridge when and if we arrive.

Phoenix, AZ

The beauty of the flower garden is the many assorted colors of the flowers all being special in their own way when united in a bouquet.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

I hope we can learn to respect other people's property. There are fences, lines, limits and boundary. Protect the borders but don't cross the line. All it takes is a quick look at the prisons it get an idea of who's who.

Blue Bolshevik
Salt Lake City, UT

Racism and bigotry might end when all the so called white christian racists go away, perhaps in a rapture...c'ya!

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