What is your answer? Everyone is different and have different takes and different perspective on things in life. It’s what makes us human. Can you believe it’s been 10 years since the event happened? I was 23 in 2006 and my outlook on life was different. Like most young, Black men at 23, I lacked compassion and forgiveness. Those traits, developed in me with time. Ask 23 year old Tareau Barron if he could forgive Michael Richards for his racist tirade and his answer was “f@#% no!” Ask 33 year old can he forgive Michael Richards and what do you think his answer would be?
Before you answer let me give a quick back story. I recently just spoke to the Matriarch of our family, who will be turning 96 next week. Her name is Iva (Ivy)Richardson. When I was a little boy, I would lie down on the floor, eagerly anticipating her stories about slavery, the south, living conditions etc. She would make me a hot dog with top ramen. After she was done cooking she would sit down in her recliner and indulge me with good stories. One story always stood out. It was the story of how we became “light skint.” Iva’s grandfather was a member of the Confederate army but he loved colored women. His last name was Small. He ended up buying Iva’s Grandmother and started to have children with her. (Iva is my Great Great Aunt) I tell you this story because most of us “light skint” blacks has this type of “white” in us. (Not all but most) Looking at pictures of our lineage aligned on Iva’s walls were bittersweet. Sweet because she would talk so lovingly of her mother and other family members, but bitter knowing that My great great great great great grandfather fought with the Confederacy. Can I forgive him? Now with that being said, Can I forgive Michael Richards?? I know my answer…
Your answer ladies and gentlemen!