Not All Honesty Is the Good Kind

by evanmcmurry

Of course, now somebody’s offering Donald Sterling the “Hey, he’s honest about what he believes” off-ramp.

First off, it’s not like Sterling’s comments were made in a press release. More to the point: this brought to mind the infamous “black woman in yoga class” essay. You may recall that some, including the editor that commissioned it, defended that piece by commending the author for her honesty, even bravery, in addressing her own race-based discomfort, even if she did project that discomfort onto the other woman—to which the rest of the world responded “so the eff what?”

In short, it’s good to be occasionally reminded that candor is not always a virtue—or, more specifically, that being true to your beliefs doesn’t necessarily excuse them.