U.S.—Media outlets are issuing warnings that excessive displays of forgiveness and mercy could wreak havoc on hundreds of years of outrage progress. The warning comes in response to a high-profile case this week in which former police officer Amber Guyger, who is white, was found guilty of the murder of Botham Jean, a black man, in his Dallas home. Guyger was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Brandt Jean, Botham’s younger brother, made a victim impact statement, saying he forgave her, setting back race progress hundreds of years. Brandt then asked the judge if he could give Guyger a hug. The judge foolishly allowed it, setting back race relations hundreds more years.
"What people have to understand is, if we keep toying around with all this grace and mercy stuff, this whole racial divide could come toppling down," explained Brad Hunter of CBS News. "Are people really ready to say goodbye to that? I must say that, as a journalist, I, for one, am not."
"What Brandt Jean did in that courtroom sets black people back hundreds of years. If I had to put a number on it, I'd say it sets us back about 2000 years," said Janelle Taylor of ABC. "What year does he think this is? 33 AD?"
"This deals a heavy blow to the progress we have made toward peak outrage," said Jenson Hughs of CNN. " We have a lot of work to do in the wake of this mess."
Many reporters say that, while it is true that the Bible calls for forgiveness, there are no scriptures that say black people should ever forgive white people. "I don't know what Bible they are reading," said Hannah Corley of the Washington Post. "I've searched Bible.com for the term 'forgive white people' numerous times and nothing comes up. Sounds like bad Bible-ology to me."
"We will rebuild," said Roy Mathis, CEO of the LA Times. "Progress may have taken a hit today, but we've recovered from worse. We will survive."