The long letter describes why he is declining to donate any money to the rebuilding efforts down there after the devastating earthquake.
Shirley prefaces his argument by saying that his views put him in a “minuscule minority.” His point, condensed of course, is that he doesn’t believe the money will be put to good use.
“I haven’t donated to the Haitian relief effort for the same reason that
I don’t give money to homeless men on the street,” he writes. “Based on past
experiences, I don’t think the guy with the sign that reads “Need
You’re Help” is going to do anything constructive with the dollar I
might give him. If I use history as my guide, I don’t think the people
of Haiti will do much with my money either.”“Shouldn’t much of the responsibility for the disaster lie with the victims of that disaster,” he continues.
“Before the reader reaches for his or her blood pressure medication,
he should allow me to explain. I don’t mean in any way that the
Haitians deserved their collective fate. And I understand that it is
difficult to plan for the aftermath of an earthquake. However, it is
not outside the realm of imagination to think that the citizens of a
country might be able to: A) avoid putting themselves into a situation
that might result in such catastrophic loss of life. And B) provide
for their own aid, in the event of such a catastrophe.”
OK, clearly not the position most people are publicly taking, but let’s not kid ourselves. There are many people who feel this way, but aren’t being vocal about it because it sounds terrible.
This isn’t what I’m thinking, but to assume others aren’t is naive.
ESPN apparently thinks these writings necessitate them cutting ties with Shirley.
They’ve released a statement saying as much.
He was a part-time freelance contributor. The views he expressed on
another’s site of course do not at all reflect our company’s views on
the Haiti relief efforts. He will no longer contribute to ESPN.
Admittedly, we don’t have all the facts about Shirley’s relationship with ESPN, but do you think what he wrote is just cause to dump him?