On My Soapbox: Let’s talk about it

This column represents the thoughts and opinion of Jason Hennington. This is NOT the opinion of the Taylor Press.

I talked a little bit about racism last week, and I really don’t want to talk about it anymore.

COVID-19 has dominated the headlines for the past few months, and I really don’t want to talk about it again.

This is probably the sentiment of most people. But if we don’t talk about it, we can’t fix the problem.

So, let’s talk about it.

I’ll start with Laura Ingram from Fox News. As much as she hates to admit it, she is a part of the problem. She displays her racism freely using her platform but acts as if she doesn’t know it. In 2018, after NBA superstars LeBron James and Kevin Durant expressed their opinions about the president, Ingram told them to “shut up and dribble,” during a national broadcast on Fox News.

Last week, NFL quarterback Drew Brees said he would never agree with disrespecting the flag. After he went under fire from players and the media, Ingram said “he is allowed to have his opinion.”

Seems like a double standard to me. It’s pretty obvious too. But I guess that’s only to those who choose to see it.

My question is, who has tried to sit down and talk to her about her actions and why they are not okay? To go a step further, is she willing to sit down and hear why her actions are not okay?

These are the conversations we as a society need to have. There are plenty of issues that face us every day and we may choose to ignore them or put them on the backburner to feel comfortable.

That doesn’t bring change.

When we made the change to once a week, we asked our readers to tell us what they thought and what they wanted to see in the paper. I sat and listened to many . . . MANY angry people about it. As uncomfortable as it was, I welcomed the opportunity to hear suggestions and possible solutions to better serve our audience.

Society is in the same position. There are conversations that must be held – black and white, peaceful and violent, democrats and republicans, Longhorn and Aggie – to find a solution to the problem.

Everyone can see the problem. But can anyone sit down and talk about how to fix it? Can we talk without gaining a distain for each other?

Even if we get mad at each, we at least tried.

If we don’t try, nothing changes.

I’m going to get off my soapbox now, but before I do, I want to again say congratulations to the graduates of 2020. You have survived a unique year and will remember it forever. Oh, and the NBA is finally back July 31!

“Always ask yourself: "What will happen if I say nothing?”

― Kamand Kojouri

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