POV | Bill Lamb

By: Bill Lamb

WDRB President and General Manager

John Schnatter used the "N" word during a conference call and in almost an instant his world has been forever altered.

The reaction and the over-reaction has been swift. He resigned from the U of L board. Then he resigned as Chairman of Papa John's. Now U of L has decided to remove the name "Papa John" from Cardinal Stadium.

I can't defend his use of the word. I won't. In 2018, no Caucasian male should ever use it, even if it was to illustrate the context in which someone else used it frequently in a different day and time.

I think it's a shame he used the word, but I also think it's a shame that many people are so eager to pile on. Should we judge the whole of a man's character by an unfortunate use of a word - or by decades of philanthropy and exemplary citizenship?

Schnatter has done so much good for this community, donating millions and millions of dollars to all kinds of charitable organizations, to the Universities of Louisville, Kentucky, Purdue and Indiana. He has given generously to the Louisville Zoo. And don't forget, he has employed thousands of families.

Should one mistake erase all the good he has done for a lifetime? I don't think so. We've all made mistakes, but it's only unforgiveable if it happens to someone else?

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my point of view.

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