No matter how smart, educated or accomplished you may be, nothing trumps the quality of your relationships with customers, vendors and employees. It is fascinating to think that one event or even just one word can completely stop the machinery.
Are we incapable of seeing the different usage of the N-word between Schlessinger, urban comics, Mel Gibson, or the Ku Klux Klan? Or does our collective immaturity possess room only for a one-size-fits-all definition?
Actress Carol Channing, who's regarded as white, revealed that her father was part black. How would Whoopi react if Channing greeted her on The View with a boisterous, "What up my ni****?" How black do you have to be to be allowed to say it?
It's become a fashion, here and abroad: Jews who are convinced that they love Israel more than the rest of us have told anyone who would listen that one way to express love of the Jewish state is to revile Barack Obama.