“It’s not surprising that a New York weatherman uttering a racial slur aimed at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on television—one he insists was a mistake—ignited a controversy that ripped through social media this week. Neither is it surprising that the incident led to the weatherman, Jeremy Kappell of WHEC in Rochester, New York, being fired.”
I once knew a guy who got fired from his job for making disparaging remarks about Martin Luther King, Jr and the annual national observance of his birthday. I told the man’s boss I understood the position of his company and that such language shouldn’t be tolerated in the workplace. I also said I was pretty sure I knew what Dr. King would say were he alive and told about the incident.
“What’s that?” he asked.
“I’m pretty sure he would say something like, ‘OK, but let’s give the man another chance, can’t we? Everybody deserves that much, and, besides, maybe he’ll learn something from it.’”
Dr. King was all about spiritual redemption, his own as well as others.