People often ask me “why?” Why do you choose to take public stands that could hurt your business? Why do you choose to comment on political issues? Why do you spend so much of your money on media to comment on social issues instead of advertizing your business? So I decided to answer the most common questions I have been asked in the last few weeks. Here are a few answers to the many questions.
1. Why did you support President Obama for re-election rather than fellow Michigander Romney?
Because I have a daughter.
2. Why do you take so many political stands when it can hurt your business?
My “business” is helping to create a just society, through my own actions, through the law or through politics. If I was only concerned about making money, I would never take many of the cases I do. Some things are more important than money or popularity.
3. Why did you believe that race was the real issue with people opposing President Obama?
Not everyone opposed to the President are motivated by race. The ones who are the most virulent and hateful such as the “birthers”, the Tea Party… you know, the ones who told us Obama was a Muslim, was a socialist, was going to take away all our guns – basically the ones repeating the talking points of Fox News are. Their irrational hatred justified by lies is a giveaway. The article by Ta-Nehisi Coates in Harper’s Magazine “Fear of a Black President” is a great historical primer on the issue.
4. Why are you still working after so many years? Why don’t you just relax now and enjoy life?
I do take vacations every once in a while, but for the most part, I am happiest when I am fighting for someone. I am sure some psychologists reading this will speculate about early childhood or displaced anger, but… who cares why? What I do helps people and makes me happy. I am a very lucky guy.