ANALYSIS / OPINION:
On Friday, NBC announced that Megyn Kelly's talk show, "Megyn Kelly Today," had been canceled. This happened to her, as The New York Times put it, "for asking aloud why it was not appropriate for whites to dress (on Halloween) with a black face."
I was sad to see Peacock Network cancel their program the way they did for two reasons. The first one is because I think Megyn Kelly deserved better. If NBC was not happy with their ratings, they should have terminated their contact for that reason; not because of a relatively minor controversy caused by an insensitive comment.
From what I read, nobody demanded his departure. The day after his comment on the black face, his studio audience (including many people of color), gave him a standing ovation for offering a sincere apology, and The New York Times reported that "A question and answer session (which followed that apology) was fine None of the 150 attendees, many of whom were regulars on the "Megyn Kelly Today" recordings, criticized the presenter for her comments and several offered support. "
Megyn Kelly gave up a lot when she left Fox News, and although she put her foot in her mouth more than once on NBC (what is it that the television presenter does not have?), She still gave them everything they asked her and more. At the very least, he deserved the opportunity to bid farewell to his millions of loyal spectators. Instead, she was fired coldly under a shroud of controversy, while the Internet called her a racist.
The second issue, and more worrisome, is that I fear that our society is getting closer and closer to an advantage in which nobody can learn publicly from their mistakes. For me, the comments on the black face of Megyn Kelly proved to be sincere ignorance, not racism. She did not bend her insensitive words, she apologized. And more, she dedicated what we now know was her last show to educate her viewers about why she was wrong in the first place. In other words, she learned from her mistake and was sincerely trying to be better and helping her viewers to evolve by her side.
History is full of men and women who ended up in different paths from those who started. For example, long before he issued the Proclamation of Emancipation that ended slavery in the United States, Abraham Lincoln expressed his opposition to racial equality, saying in a senatorial debate: "I am not and have never been in favor of making voters or juries of blacks, nor of Qualifying them to occupy public positions, nor to marry with people of white race ".
He added that whites and blacks could not "live together in terms of social and political equality," and that "insofar as they can not live, as long as they remain together, there must be a superior and inferior position, and I as much as I". any other man is in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race. "
Before becoming the first president of EE. UU In openly supporting gay marriage, Barack Obama said in a question and answer session for MTV News: "I think marriage is between a man and a woman. I'm not in favor of gay marriage. " He took similar positions that Politico called his eventual support for gay marriage as a "total failure" of his original positions.
If any of these former presidents had not had space and time, as Obama said, to "evolve" in their ideology, the course of the history of the United States would have changed significantly.
Which brings me back to Megyn Kelly. She is nothing if she is not honest and real with her audience. She would not apologize for his comment on the black face if she did not mean it. And it did not take him years to recognize his mistake; she evolved in her thinking overnight. Not because he was racist and now he is not, but because he did not see how insensitive and offensive something was and now he does.
How do we teach our children that they can learn from their own mistakes when we do not allow the people they admire to do the same? Critics of President Trump can not beat him constantly for never taking responsibility for his behavior when they also hit other public figures who do so.
Taking personal responsibility should mean something. Evolve and learn from our mistakes should also do so. Unless we learn to give ourselves the space that we all depend on to learn and grow through our mistakes, we are condemned to create a society where personal responsibility occurs less and reinforcement of dangerous positions and beliefs happen more.
• Daryl Austin is a small businessman and writer from Orem, Utah.