Donald Sterling is a racist, but...
Should he lose his team? Creation Date Monday, 28 April 2014. Hits 5131
Yes, this is the topic of conversation for the day. Did you hear what Donald Sterling said to his girlfriend? He should lose his team. All over sports talk radio, and even into the mainstream sources, this is all I hear. What's my opinion on it? Sports talk show hosts are idiots. That's my opinion on the matter. I say this for two reasons. 1, these are guys whose very living depends on their ability to exercise free speech, yet they want a man to lose his livelihood for expressing an unpopular and undesirable opinion. Catch the irony here? But that aside, there is a much larger issue at hand. To be specific, I am speaking here to Evan Cohen, Steve Phillips, Dan Patrick, and Adam Schein. Would any of you hosts care to swim up from the bottom and deal with the real issue at hand here?
Here is a quote from Alice Huffman, President of the California NAACP.
"I thought to myself, 'A second lifetime award? That's kind of unusual. He hasn't died and come back to life. He already has one lifetime award. Why the second one?' And then this story broke," said Huffman.
So it is unusual to award someone with not one, but two lifetime achievement awards? Big deal. What does that have to do with this matter? I'll get to that in a second here. Before I do, here are some interesting quotes (from sworn testimony in a discrimination lawsuit) attributed to Donald Sterling by witnesses.
A property manager testified that Sterling said...
That's because of all the blacks in this building, they smell, they're not clean.
And it's because of all of the Mexicans that just sit around and smoke and drink all day.
Is she one of those black people that stink? [...] Just evict the bitch.
About Koreans, he said...
I don't have to spend any more money on them, they will take whatever conditions I give them and still pay the rent.
All of these statements were testified to under oath in a housing decriminalization lawsuit against Donald Sterling in 2009. He settled this lawsuit shortly after receiving a lifetime achievement award from the NAACP. How in the hell a guy who is currently involved in a housing discrimination suit wins this award is beyond me. However, after settling this suit you can certainly rule out any future honors, right? Wrong. The above quote from Alice Huffman was in reference to the fact that Donald Sterling was scheduled to receive a second lifetime achievement award next month until this lates story broke. But why? Well, to quote L.A. Branch President Leon Jackson...
Jenkins said the NAACP decided to honor Sterling because of "a body of work. Mr. Sterling's organization has on a consistent basis brought in the minority community. He has also over the years contributed to a number of minority charities. Compared to other L.A. franchises, his organization gave more money than the others."
Jenkins declined to disclose the total amount of money Sterling had directly donated to the NAACP but he said "It's an insignificant amount of money, and we're going to return it,". Oh good. I'm sure the minority community feels better with Sterling having the money than with the NAACP having it. I guess? And since you're not disclosing the amount he donated, I assume you also will not disclose how much you are returning, and we will have to take your word that the two amounts are equal. Right?
Both Steve Philips and Dan Patrick today frowned on the idea of a fine because they said it would "put a price" on racist behavior. It would give a dollar amount that you could pay to be exonerated for being a racist. If only the NAACP has so much integrity, huh? Here's a man who wins an award from them while being sued for racial discrimination. Property managers and other workers testify that he didn't want to rent to blacks because they were dirty and they smell, didn't want to rent to Mexicans because they were lazy and drink all day, and did want to rent to Koreans because they would take whatever shit sandwich he whipped up for them and say "Thank you sir, may I have another." And the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People decides to give him a second award why? Because he contributed some money to minority charities and gave an "insignificant amount to them." Hey, here is an interesting concept.
The phrase "Uncle Tom" has also become an epithet for a person who is slavish and excessively subservient to perceived authority figures, particularly a black person who behaves in a subservient manner to white people; or any person perceived to be a participant in the oppression of their own group.
The NAACP either knew, or should have known that the man they were honoring was being sued for racial discrimination in his housing practices while they were honoring him. They either knew, or should have known that he had settled the suit, and that witnesses in the suit had testified to him not wanting to rent to "smelly" and "dirty" blacks and Hispanics who "sit around and smoke and drink all day" preferring instead to rent to Koreans whom he felt would eat whatever shit sandwich he fed them and say "thank you sir, may I have another." Yet the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was willing to overlook his record of discrimination for an "insignificant" amount of money. It was apparently enough to overlook the families that Sterling left out in the streets, but not enough to overlook the Instagram followers that some gold digger had to delete. With friends like that...
Now typically, I would be inclined to be skeptical of claims of racism against a man who has a black girlfriend, but when the man is 80 and looks like that and the girl is in her early twenties and looks like Miss Stiviano (pictured below) I am less inclined to be so forgiving. Obviously the statements by Sterling are disgusting and indefensible. Then again, I say that as a man who hasn't received any amount of money from him, insignificant or otherwise.