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We have to forgive Kevin Hart and allow him to evolve past his homophobia

We have to forgive Kevin Hart and allow him to evolve past his homophobia

Kevin Hart | Photo: Wiki

Kevin Hart was wrong to make those homophobic comments.

No one is born hating another person, as people learn to hate. I strongly believe they can be taught to love.

Even though time has passed since those comments were made, people still have a right to be angry and he deserves no sympathy at all.

It might be hard to believe Kevin Hart wholeheartedly apologized for his homophobic tweets. But this might be our opportunity to show him what love is and what it means to be on the good side of life.

While I don’t have any sympathy for him, I also feel like you have to be fair when judging his current actions.

Even though time has passed since those comments were made, people still have a right to be angry and he deserves no sympathy at all.

It might be hard to believe Kevin Hart wholeheartedly apologized for his homophobic tweets.

Today many people have woken up to their homophobic views and laws. We have to trust the people who are willing to change their opinions on us. Because if they still receive a backlash for views they had in the past, it may be harder for them to change at all.

Kevin Hart may not tell us what has led to his negative opinion of us, but it is on the record he has changed. It is entirely upon us to accept his apology and move on.

Why it’s important to work on changing hearts and minds

At African Equality Foundation, our work is to change people’s hearts and minds.

We know the job we are doing is not an easy one. However, we are reminded that if people change then it is a reflection of our efforts to change the world.

On the other side, we are reminded that it is not easy to forgive or believe a person who used to abuse, persecute, discriminate or even torture you in the past. However, we are also reminded that the path to LGBTI equality is full of skid marks of people and governments who have changed their views and said sorry.

As a bisexual Christian, I am always reminded of Saul in the Bible. He persecuted Christians but when he changed his views, the church accepted him.

Perhaps we should do the same as members of the LGBTI community.

Kevin Hart needs forgiveness

Kevin Hart is not someone you have to sympathise. He earns millions a year and not doing one job won’t change that.

But he shouldn’t have resigned. If he was willing to, he should have made an apology on the Oscars stage and moved on.

The LGBTI community should be willing to accept people who have evolved on their views of homosexuality.

We don’t have to forget, but we should be more willing to forgive.

Edwin Sesange is the director of African Equality Foundation.