Former NBA baller Paul Shirley hasn't apologized for his column on Haiti -- the one in which he asks Haitians to wear a condom, if it's not too much trouble, and begs the question "Shouldn't much of the responsibility for the disaster lie with the victims of that disaster?"
This has proved an unpopular stance -- one that just cost Shirley his freelance gig with ESPN.
Shirley has instead issued "a reaction" in which he says his "goal was to question the psychology of donating, the way we react to natural disasters and the nature of responsibility leading up to and immediately after those disasters."
Yes, let us ponder the "psychology of donating" while people are buried under rubble.
Shirley points out that if we didn't blame the Haitian people, we'd be insulting them:
The same respect Shirley showed them with this open letter, part of the essay:
But to assume that the Haitians' fate was not at least in part their
own responsibility is to insult that group of people even more. It
rationalizes much of the United States' past meddling in the affairs of
Haiti. But most of all, it shows even less respect to the Haitian
Dear Haitians -
First of all, kudos on developing the poorest country in the
Western Hemisphere. Your commitment to human rights, infrastructure,
and birth control should be applauded.
As we prepare to assist you in this difficult time, a polite
request: If it's possible, could you not re-build your island home in
the image of its predecessor? Could you not resort to the creation of
flimsy shanty- and shack-towns? And could some of you maybe use a
condom once in a while?
The Rest of the World
Oh, so that's how you examine the "psychology of donating."