Why we need to forgive Kevin Hart

I’m not condoning Kevin Hart’s old jokes, and he isn’t either. But I fear we’re creating a disastrous precedent. In holding people accountable for their old views — even ones they realized were wrong and apologized for — we are setting standards that nobody can meet. We cannot expect to make progress if we do not allow people the chance to grow with us.

The truth is, we are all guilty. Can you name a person who has not lied, said something inappropriate or hurt another? I can’t.

I can’t even say those things about myself. I know that I have made mistakes, hurt others and believed things that I now know to be false. In fact, I bet I’m not even aware of all the stuff I’ve done wrong. None of us are innocent.