Saturday, February 5, 2011

Today's Lesson: Small Steps

I'm sitting outside on my patio this morning enjoying the beautiful weather and reading. I just finished a chapter in my book and before starting the next one, I take a closer look at my bookmark.

My bookmark is my ticket from the Arkansas vs. Vanderbilt homecoming football game last fall (which, by the way, was one of my most enjoyable and memorable weekends in 2010). For whatever reason, I turn over the ticket and read the back of it. In small (very small) print are the Razorback Stadium policies. As hard to read as they are, one paragraph in particular jumps out at me:

"Profanity, racial comments or intimidating actions directed at officials, student-athletes, coaches or fans will not be tolerated and individuals may be removed from the stadium."

I don't know how vigilant the University of Arkansas is in enforcing this policy, but I appreciate the attention they give to promoting a more civil and just world, and in particular, the stance they take against racial comments. It may be a few tiny words on the back of a football ticket, but it matters.

Every bit of effort helps. Every small step counts.

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