By Michael Spartalis
Dear Mr. Savage:
In your poor response to your ethnic labeling of Greeks, that “Greeks sleep with sheep.”
Being of Greek decent and very proud of my heritage, I would claim that I have never slept with a sheep. Nor has any of my fellow Greeks that I know of. In fact, we prefer women, speaking for the Greek males I know. We were taught that we gave birth to Democracy, that we need to work hard for any success in life, education is key to unlock the doors to any barriers, that our family is our strength and that our faith in Christ is the ultimate threshold to the next life. I do believe we have caught on quite well in the US. Our ethnic groups hold many political seats in Congress & states, we are strong professionals, we are strong entrepreneurs, our economic contributions are impressive, we have fought, been imprisoned and died in battles defending a US way of life.
As a strong conservative and listener to your program, I am concerned that you would label an ethnic group as you have. Today’s world is more aware of “words” than ever before. You especially, as we all do, live in a glass house and office. How you conduct yourself, is a strong indicator of your choices in life, the groups you represent. Your conduct reflects on your employer, your family and affiliations you chose to associate with. Poor choices of words, can cause great harm to all those you are affiliated with and especially yourself and your beliefs/causes.
In all cases, having the facts correct is critically important. Your ignorance in claiming Mark Geragos is Greek is incorrect. He is Armenian. Simple understanding of your facts would be appreciated and respected. Not to say that we (Greeks) would not have claimed him as one of our own. He is an outstanding attorney, with a high litigation success rating. Is it not this which we appreciate in any professional. If you were Michael Jackson, would you pass on this professional. As a CPA we are taught in auditing that exceptions (errors) in verifying sample data will cause an expansion of tests or label financial statements as incorrect. The thoughts in most of your listeners minds might be, how many other comments shared by you have been incorrect. Your credibility with your audience could be fractured. One Greek news agency wants to boycott your show.
I know in most of your comments, you try to communicate with humor. However, when the humor could turn into hurt, anger and outrage, you need to be aware of its outcome.
No, I will not stop listening to you, but I will listen for your apology. I will immediately forgive you for your poor choice of words. It was also taught to me by my Greek Orthodox Christian Faith
“To forgive those who trespass against me, as I will forgive you, for your trespasses.”