An Open Letter

Boxcar

AzB Silver Member
Silver Member
Mike Howerton and the Members of AZB,

Several months ago I was banned from AZB for submitting posts which were considered to be racist. I have never thought of myself as a racist, but there are others who have. I have looked into my heart and I have seen things I didn't like. Sadly, it is true, I am a racist. Being a racist, however, is not a license to behave like one. I am determined, therefore, to reevaluate some of my old, deeply ingrained attitudes and try to turn myself into a better, more tolerant, more caring human being.

I owe all of you an apology. I am sorry for what I've done. Please forgive me.

Sincerely,
Boxcar
 

tomatoshooter

Well-known member
Mike Howerton and the Members of AZB,

Several months ago I was banned from AZB for submitting posts which were considered to be racist. I have never thought of myself as a racist, but there are others who have. I have looked into my heart and I have seen things I didn't like. Sadly, it is true, I am a racist. Being a racist, however, is not a license to behave like one. I am determined, therefore, to reevaluate some of my old, deeply ingrained attitudes and try to turn myself into a better, more tolerant, more caring human being.

I owe all of you an apology. I am sorry for what I've done. Please forgive me.

Sincerely,
Boxcar
We are all flawed, we all have biases. When we work to overcome those flaws and biases, we win. When the flaws and biases overcome us, we lose. I am happy and happy for you that you have chosen to become a better person.
 

GentlemanJames

Well-known member
Mike Howerton and the Members of AZB,

Several months ago I was banned from AZB for submitting posts which were considered to be racist. I have never thought of myself as a racist, but there are others who have. I have looked into my heart and I have seen things I didn't like. Sadly, it is true, I am a racist. Being a racist, however, is not a license to behave like one. I am determined, therefore, to reevaluate some of my old, deeply ingrained attitudes and try to turn myself into a better, more tolerant, more caring human being.

I owe all of you an apology. I am sorry for what I've done. Please forgive me.

Sincerely,
Boxcar

BOXCAR - Race is an immutable condition of DNA; and, Skin-Tone is often the common visual short-hand identifier of those who's DNA emanates from specific points of origin; and are assigned to a Labeled ID Group. Before you accept the label of: Racist, which others have - in their own judgement - tried to tag you with, are you absolutely certain you are indeed "A Racist"?

Answer for yourself this question: "Is it truly the entire group of people - without exception - who share a similar DNA Chain and the associated Skin Tone which you forms your attitude; OR, it is your attitude and views formed by the Cultural standards and behaviors displayed by some members of certain Labeled ID Groups which you evaluate and reject?"

If you answered "all members of a similar DNA chain without exception, right down to skin tone", then, I would say that qualifies as a legitimate "Racist"; HOWEVER, if you answered "some members of a group, based on Cultural Standards and Behaviors which you reject", then, I would say you are NOT a Racist, but more accurately: a CULTURALIST.

I only point this out, to illustrate the idea that before you accept and embrace ANY label someone else tries to slap on you, be sure the label truly applies to you; otherwise, you run the risk of allowing others to define you into a group where you properly do not belong - and then, get you to "apologize" to them for being in that group, when they are in fact the ones who put you in that mislabeled group, is just wrong.

This NOT a power I would want others having over anyone, by getting someone to submit to of "their own free will", when they don't belong in that group in the first place.

While I appreciate what your post is trying to achieve, and if I may, I would like to suggest that you go back and "look into your heart" again, and ask yourself the self-examination question I have supplied to you above: Racist vs Culturalist?

You may find your answer remains the same; but, at least you'll know that you've willfully accepted the label others have cast upon you and that you and they agree that you are properly assigned to that label.

And, if you find your answer different, well... now you have to figure where that leaves you in terms of your willingness to accept the wrong label and the attitudes of those who want you to put you under and into that mislabeled group.

Wherever you end-up with yourself, I hope you can come to peace, and get back to concentrating on Pool; where everyone's hands end-up blueish. - GJ
 
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telinoz

Registered
Mike Howerton and the Members of AZB,

Several months ago I was banned from AZB for submitting posts which were considered to be racist. I have never thought of myself as a racist, but there are others who have. I have looked into my heart and I have seen things I didn't like. Sadly, it is true, I am a racist. Being a racist, however, is not a license to behave like one. I am determined, therefore, to reevaluate some of my old, deeply ingrained attitudes and try to turn myself into a better, more tolerant, more caring human being.

I owe all of you an apology. I am sorry for what I've done. Please forgive me.

Sincerely,
Boxcar
Well, I hope our future interactions are more pleasant on here.
You will notice some significant changes in NPR as well.
A few users didn't make it, as they could not change.
Generally, things have been pretty civil in there for a month or so, including a single political thread Mike approved that for once was healthy, well moderated and ended pretty well.

See you around.
 

Kentucky Rack Man

AzB Gold Member
Gold Member
Mike Howerton and the Members of AZB,

Several months ago I was banned from AZB for submitting posts which were considered to be racist. I have never thought of myself as a racist, but there are others who have. I have looked into my heart and I have seen things I didn't like. Sadly, it is true, I am a racist. Being a racist, however, is not a license to behave like one. I am determined, therefore, to reevaluate some of my old, deeply ingrained attitudes and try to turn myself into a better, more tolerant, more caring human being.

I owe all of you an apology. I am sorry for what I've done. Please forgive me.

Sincerely,
Boxcar
I have a Belief that for me to be forgiven that I must forgive. You have made an attempt And I respect that.
 

philly

AzB Gold Member
Gold Member
Silver Member
Mike Howerton and the Members of AZB,

Several months ago I was banned from AZB for submitting posts which were considered to be racist. I have never thought of myself as a racist, but there are others who have. I have looked into my heart and I have seen things I didn't like. Sadly, it is true, I am a racist. Being a racist, however, is not a license to behave like one. I am determined, therefore, to reevaluate some of my old, deeply ingrained attitudes and try to turn myself into a better, more tolerant, more caring human being.

I owe all of you an apology. I am sorry for what I've done. Please forgive me.

Sincerely,
Boxcar
Good for you.
I remember your posts and their content.
Curious what caused your 180.
The proof will be in the pudding.
 

PracticeChampion

Well-known member
Mike Howerton and the Members of AZB,

Several months ago I was banned from AZB for submitting posts which were considered to be racist. I have never thought of myself as a racist, but there are others who have. I have looked into my heart and I have seen things I didn't like. Sadly, it is true, I am a racist. Being a racist, however, is not a license to behave like one. I am determined, therefore, to reevaluate some of my old, deeply ingrained attitudes and try to turn myself into a better, more tolerant, more caring human being.

I owe all of you an apology. I am sorry for what I've done. Please forgive me.

Sincerely,
Boxcar
Mind sharing why you believe your racist? Maybe your not or maybe you are 🤔
 

Cornerman

Cue Author...Sometimes
Silver Member
Mike Howerton and the Members of AZB,

Several months ago I was banned from AZB for submitting posts which were considered to be racist. I have never thought of myself as a racist, but there are others who have. I have looked into my heart and I have seen things I didn't like. Sadly, it is true, I am a racist. Being a racist, however, is not a license to behave like one. I am determined, therefore, to reevaluate some of my old, deeply ingrained attitudes and try to turn myself into a better, more tolerant, more caring human being.

I owe all of you an apology. I am sorry for what I've done. Please forgive me.

Sincerely,
Boxcar
My father, in discussions such as this, taught me the three F’s:

Forgiven - you asked humbly for forgiveness, and it should be granted.

Forgotten - it is now in the past. As you have been granted forgiveness, keep the past in the past. Otherwise, it’s your present.

Forever - only you can influence whether your new outlook on yourself remains … forever.


Good luck.
 

CocoboloCowboy

Cowboys are my hero's
Silver Member
I sure a few people remember the guy who was center of News reports after fighting with LAPD.

He asked question that was brilliant, “Why can’t we all get along”? RODNEY KING.

Question was good, not many know answer.

Think respect, tolerance, are thing that have diminished.

Good example of this shrinking tolerance of respect is how people running for office attack one another, with false misleading negative comments.
 
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dirtvictim

Ignore the entitled they haven't earned respect
In before the lock. I'm just glad I have freedom of speech so long as it's previously approved by someone that decides who and what's racist. 😂 Remember don't apologize your friends don't need it and your enemies won't believe it anyway, this applies to race baiters more than anywhere, they just want to control you.
 

couldnthinkof01

AzB Silver Member
Silver Member
Are you a racist if you hate everyone?
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