I hope this win has opened some eyes and taught people a valuable life lesson...and that is that no matter how far you fall in life, if you are still breathing then don't give up. Also the one thing that yesterdays win proves is that you never want to pay much attention to, or take anything said here on this forum very serious...and never give up hope. After the Larson fiasco a large part of this forum was ready to crucify him and said he should and would never drive another cup car again and if he did it would be for some low budget non performing team because no big team would ever touch him again. Those people were so wrong. Larson worked hard and did a lot of soul searching and did what he needed to do to turn his life around and make himself a better person and a better American and now he is being productive in his community and he is exciting his racing fans on the track again...watching his fellow drivers like Bubba and Kez greet him after the race was very heart warming to say the least.
People make mistakes. And it's no one's fault that not everyone is up to speed with the social issues that exist in our society. For whatever reason, Kyle was ignorant, and used a genuinely offensive word as slang. He didn't think to consider that there isn't an "okay context" to use it as slang in today's society.
He paid the price. He knows he's a role model for minority race fans and race car drivers. He DID set a terrible example and has chosen to take responsibility for his behavior. I see a lot of people saying that "ignorance isn't an excuse".. it isn't excuse. But it's an explanation.
And Kyle learned a lesson. He's lucky he has talent. He's lucky Rick believes in him.
And he's lucky that the contemporary nascar community believes in the capacity to grow, to better the self, and become more sensitive. Kyle isn't a bad person. He just made a big time mistake out of ignorant impulsivity.
I feel bad seeing people crucify him still. His victory interview was akward and he clearly seems to be digesting the entire thing still.
I'm happy for him.
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