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Would Phelps have apologists if he were black?

Michael Phelps seems to have plenty of apologists. Is it because he's white? Story

Updated: February 9, 2009, 7:16 PM ET
By Jemele Hill | Page 2

Perspective should never influence punishment.

Too often in our society, we practice selective perspective. We're willing to see all the angles only when it suits us. When perspective becomes inconvenient, we can be unflinching, even cruel.

There are so many angles to consider with Michael Phelps, another sports celebrity whose reputation hangs in the balance because of bad behavior.

I'm not suggesting Michael Phelps' being photographed sucking on a bong ...

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