Published on: June 22, 2015by Kevin Coupe
Point of personal privilege.
This has nothing specifically to do with business, though, I suppose everything that affects the communities that retailers serve has something to do with business.
In this case, I want to refer to the events in Charleston, South Carolina, that have unfolded over the past week or so. I've been in the car for much of the past week, driving from the east coast to Portland, Oregon ... and as it happens, I've spent a fair amount of time listening to various stations reporting about what has happened there.
Much of it has been upsetting on all sorts of levels, but here's where I come out on this thing.
I was raised in a religious tradition, and I remember that one of the things we were taught was that "three things will last forever - faith, hope, and love - and the greatest of these is love."
And as I've listened to the families of the people who were so viciously murdered in what clearly was an act of hate and domestic terrorism, they've talked about forgiveness with a passion that seems so purely rooted in faith and hope and, yes, most of all, love.
I find it to be extraordinary, and so totally foreign to what I'm sure I'd be feeling if I were in such a position. But of course, I'd never be in that position, because my family and I are not automatically the subjects of suspicion or derision or hate by some because of the color of our skin.
I cannot imagine what that must be like.
The past five days or so have been Eye-Openers, and have clearly drawn a line between what is good and what is evil. And if there is any sort of good news from this, it is that hate does not seem to be winning.
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