Disparaging Comments Should Be Offensive To All - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Guest Editorial by Kathy Egland, NAACP National Board of Directors

Disparaging Comments Should Be Offensive To All

It is truly time to use the recent outrage at Don Imus to take personal responsibility for promoting more consideration of diversity, across the board.

We know all too well that the use of slurs by too many people has gone too far for far too long. Slurs and culturally denigrating comments uttered by anyone are unequivocally offensive, period!  

It has been disheartening to hear journalists make the ridiculous argument that if someone else makes disparaging comments that they should be able to do likewise. Why would anyone want to imitate racists, bigots, sexists and the like?   

Comedy has traditionally been tongue-in-cheek. Lately, it has become more foot in rear.    

I am devoted to the right of free speech. However, with all rights come responsibilities. A reckless disregard of those responsibilities may result in consequences.  

The remedy for our current state of cultural unrest is less condemnation, more understanding and respect of our diverse backgrounds. Appreciation of our diversity will require a little, but worthwhile, effort to open ourselves to experiences beyond our own personal, customary comforts.  

Exercising common courtesy and respect for the rights of all races, religions, genders, sexual orientations and ethnicities reinforce all of our freedoms.

Guest Editorial by Kathy Egland, NAACP National Board of Directors.  
Send your comments to editorials@wlox.com.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Four injured when armored truck, garbage truck collide on Hwy 26

    Four injured when armored truck, garbage truck collide on Hwy 26

    Friday, May 25 2018 6:42 PM EDT2018-05-25 22:42:03 GMT
    A wreck in Stone County involving a garbage truck and an armored truck sent three people to the hospital with minor injuries Friday afternoon. (Photo source: Wiggins Fire Dept.)A wreck in Stone County involving a garbage truck and an armored truck sent three people to the hospital with minor injuries Friday afternoon. (Photo source: Wiggins Fire Dept.)
    A wreck in Stone County involving a garbage truck and an armored truck sent three people to the hospital with minor injuries Friday afternoon. (Photo source: Wiggins Fire Dept.)A wreck in Stone County involving a garbage truck and an armored truck sent three people to the hospital with minor injuries Friday afternoon. (Photo source: Wiggins Fire Dept.)

    A wreck in Stone County involving a garbage truck and an armored truck sent three people to the hospital with minor injuries Friday afternoon.

    More >>

    A wreck in Stone County involving a garbage truck and an armored truck sent three people to the hospital with minor injuries Friday afternoon.

    More >>
  • Investigators searching for George Co. couple after stolen property is found

    Investigators searching for George Co. couple after stolen property is found

    Friday, May 25 2018 6:04 PM EDT2018-05-25 22:04:54 GMT
    Jewel Smith Lyons, 29, is wanted in connection with a burglary. She also sometimes uses the last name Grawet. Robert Christopher Blankinchip, 31, is wanted for questioning. (Photo source: George County Sheriff's Office)Jewel Smith Lyons, 29, is wanted in connection with a burglary. She also sometimes uses the last name Grawet. Robert Christopher Blankinchip, 31, is wanted for questioning. (Photo source: George County Sheriff's Office)
    Jewel Smith Lyons, 29, is wanted in connection with a burglary. She also sometimes uses the last name Grawet. Robert Christopher Blankinchip, 31, is wanted for questioning. (Photo source: George County Sheriff's Office)Jewel Smith Lyons, 29, is wanted in connection with a burglary. She also sometimes uses the last name Grawet. Robert Christopher Blankinchip, 31, is wanted for questioning. (Photo source: George County Sheriff's Office)

    Investigators in George County are looking for a couple after a large amount of stolen property was found at a home where they were living. 

    More >>

    Investigators in George County are looking for a couple after a large amount of stolen property was found at a home where they were living. 

    More >>
  • Biloxi's Golden Fisherman is coming back, just as hurricane season begins

    Biloxi's Golden Fisherman is coming back, just as hurricane season begins

    Friday, May 25 2018 5:46 PM EDT2018-05-25 21:46:09 GMT
    The original Golden Fisherman was erected in 1977 and stood over the Vieux Marche area of downtown Biloxi.  (Photo source: City of Biloxi)The original Golden Fisherman was erected in 1977 and stood over the Vieux Marche area of downtown Biloxi. (Photo source: City of Biloxi)
    (Photo source: City of Biloxi)(Photo source: City of Biloxi)

    Call him the Golden Fisherman 2.0. Biloxi's iconic statue that pays tribute to generations of commercial fishermen is about to make a comeback. But this time, he'll look very different. 

    More >>

    Call him the Golden Fisherman 2.0. Biloxi's iconic statue that pays tribute to generations of commercial fishermen is about to make a comeback. But this time, he'll look very different. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly