I am going to be here to defend Donald Sterling and Brendan Eich.
I figure this is a place for unpopular opinions so here goes nothing.
Now to set my preamble.
I am completely okay with the fact that they have been held accountable for their actions against the LGBT Community. This is what should happen in a free market of ideas, where the bad ideas get weeded out/destroyed and the more convincing good ideas get endorsed with popular support.
However, there are certain things that need to be called out in these 2 cases.
1- It denies the opportunity for redemption.
Yes, it doesn’t look good the fact that Brendan Eich that he supported Prop 8.
However, there are cases when people have redeemed themselves in the eyes of the Public.
Nate Phelps, the son of Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church, he became an atheist and severed his ties to his roots because he wanted to fight alongside the people his family has wronged.
President Lyndon B. Johnson, He was the MOST UNLIKELY person to support Civil Rights. He was from Texas, he had before 1954 fought against Civil Rights (it could be also appeasing his voters, but that is up for debate)
But after Kennedy’s death, he proved to be the most valuable ally by signing both the Civil Rights Act AND Voting Rights Act! Mind you, he still at times had supported his racist voters and is from Texas!!!
Tying back to the point, I think Brendan Eich should have been given the opportunity to redeem himself. He could have tried to retract his support of Prop 8, apologize for the LGBT Community, and perhaps even endorse the LGBT Community by channeling some funds to Pro-LGBT bills.
Now you might say “That is WAY too much to ask for”
Let me ask you this, it is literally only recently politicians actually supported LGBT Rights. Obama and Clinton were at first ambivalent or never supported it at first until the American Public showed a majority support.
It was only 2009 that Vermont became the first state to legalize Gay Marriage!! It was only 5 years ago!!! That’s it. A lot of politicians are “Evolving” in support of LGBT issues.
So why not Brendan Eich?
2- We are becoming sanctimonious people judging people anytime, everywhere, even if we are hypocrites about it.
First things first, There is a distinction between a Public vs Private Statement.
Donald Sterling’s racist remark was done in a private setting as far as I know.
I have no qualms of condemning a politicians (or any popular figure) saying anything publicly defaming anybody (by race, gender, whatever else).
But privately, No, I wouldn’t. It is called private statement for a reason.
Why does it matter anyway?
Because chances are even the most fundamentalist SJW has said something that could be seen as racist, homophobic, etc. in their private lives. In fact, I would go as far as to say each and everyone of us has.
Hell, even Laci Green, one of the most fundamentalist SJWs I have seen has literally been hounded by her own cohorts for saying the word “Tranny” just once from a video she did years ago before her internet fame.
Does that exactly justify you for being doxed, beaten, assaulted, losing your job, etc?
So if you plan to denounce Sterling for his remarks. Be my guest, since after all it was a messed up remark on his part.
However, just remember that if you plan to denounce Sterling for his own private comments, just apply that standard to yourself too.
Would you too, like being doxed, harassed, assaulted, or whatever else for a homophobic, racist, or whatever else comment you said between your and your friends? Or from years ago when you were completely innocent and unaware?
Because I AM 100% sure, if I can not find it, The NSA probably has recordings of each and every single one of us saying something that could be taken offensively by the LGBT Community, Race, Gender, etc. even if it was not the original intent to offend but as a joke or crude humor with friends.
So please, think twice before there is another spectacle like this.
Don’t act like we are superior to Donald Sterling because I think deep down we all know we had that moment, but we were never “doxed” for it.
I thank you for reading this long essay. I bid you good day and that I raised awareness of certain issues that are becoming very troubling to watch unfolding before me.