Richards is getting therapy according to a TMZ.com report “According to Richards’ publicist, Howard Rubenstein, the disgraced actor has already begun psychiatric counseling in Los Angeles to learn how to manage his anger and understand why he made the racist remarks.”

He was interviewed by Jessie Jackson (a racist if every I saw one).  And now the media has jumped on the wagon saying that Richards’ apology isn’t enough.  Bloggers all over are saying that he should start an organization, he should donate money and time, he should lay down in the middle of the road and let black people run over him time and again — that is if he is really sorry.  Of course he is in great company.  Mel Gibson had the same problem with the spewing of pent up rage and diarreaha of the mouth.

Of course there is no excuse for it.  There wasn’t any excuse for our President to say the “A” word in the presence of a live microphone, either.  But, he did and they did.  Short of taking 40 lashes minus one, what does this country need?

It makes me ill that saying “I’m sorry,” is not enough to show someone’s repentance.  Why not?

The same reason that we must have signed contracts for everything from purchasing car batteries to our yard man to jobs.  Our “yes” is no longer a yes and our “no” is no longer a no.  We must swear by our blood and our first born in order to be believed and even then, we still have to sign on the dotted line.  Even that sometimes is not good enough because the contract wording is so vague no one is protected. 

I would love to go back to the days when a person would rather die than go back on his word.  Today, the game is to say one thing in such a way that it can mean fourteen other things, then look wide-eyed and innocent while grabbing for the victim’s wallet.  Corporations are worst at playing this game, but individuals are fast becoming professional at it, too. 

What gets me is that society (read that media) seeks blood for apology.  If you don’t go to prison, then you must pay some other way.  It isn’t enough that a man or woman conscience is tortured by what they’ve done, they insist the offender be tossed into the arena and let the lions out of the cages so they can have their fill of blood. 

Where is forgiveness these days?

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Gina Burgess is the editor of The Tensas Gazette and a redactor for internet marketing company.  She is a columnist for Live As If.org and a site admin for Studylight.org.  Visit her blog at Refreshment In Refuge.
 

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