I thought the news feed of his public apology said that the security personnel was black. I thought I heard the reporter ask him that question and Riley responded that the guy was black. Yes it was wrong he said it and yes he may have deep rooted feelings from his childhood and where he grew up. But guess what, he can't change how he was or where he came from but he can decide where he is going and who he is going to be, just like Vick had to do. I believe that a lot of racism comes from the fear of the unknown and differences in individuals and the ignorance of what other people represent.
Riley should at this point be enlightened more than most non black Americans of what it is to work and play with blacks on pretty much a daily basis. The life he has chosen puts him in a position to where he should understand more about what is both good and bad about blacks and that the only differences in people are the environments from which they originate. Life experiences beyond that and the choices you make will ultimately define your character. I understand why some won't forgive him but I think he deserves that second chance and the benefit of the doubt.
The integration of the school systems and the public access that all races have to various privileges in this country has exposed my generation to each other more than the segregation of the past. The fear of one another that was harvested by the thoughts planted in us by our ancestors was removed when we had to go to classes together, work together, play organized sports together, ask our parents to bring that white friend over from class, and sometimes date one another. As a result the vast majority of my generation took another step forward towards a mending of race relations because we found out how much we had in common through intimate exposure to one another
Now my kids are in classrooms of the international variety. They will take another step most certainly and the longer Riley plays football so will he
[ Edited by Pillbusta on Aug 1, 2013 at 11:01 AM ]