Yesterday, when the news broke about the Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, a lot of emotions hit me at once. As a black person, unfortunately, I wasn’t surprised in the least. I am rarely shocked to find racism, I don’t care how many black people I’ve seen the person with. I also felt really bad for the Clippers players. I have been watching the games and they have been working hard to get to the playoffs and win. For them to come up against this and have to face this dilemma is truly unfair. As black people they have to be disgusted and yet having worked so hard to get to this point, how do they walk away from it all? I do not envy them and their positions.
As far as the man himself, Sterling, obviously I think he is disgusting, archaic, and absolutely ridiculous for the time we live in, but there are still many older white men with that antebellum south mentality. The type of men who believe that the worst thing that could’ve happened to this country was the end of slavery. As a businessman, they still have to deal with black people to get that black people money, but their racist attitude remains. For those who are saying, “But his girlfriend was black”, that means absolutely nothing. Plenty of racist white men have dealt with black women. There need be no level of respect to take someone’s money or be sexually involved with them. Sad, but true. As far as she is concerned, I fault her only for being involved with him. Sterling has a long history of being both racist and sexist. Read more about all the money he’s had to pay out for discrimination here: http://http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4187729
The bottom line in all of this is that we have to cut off support for these racist men. If they don’t like us for our black skin, we don’t need to be give them our black money. The NBA needs to do whatever they can to sever ties with this man. We have to stand up and refuse to be disrespected and used to fatten the pockets of a bunch of ignorant bigots.
Racism is alive and well, and our work as a people is not over. If anything we need to take from this that we still have work to do as people to insure that we are not supporting anybody who does not support us. Don’t feed people who don’t give a damn if you starve to death. As far as the protests, I feel 2 ways about that. It’s fine, but we’re also cutting support to the players, which I don’t think they deserve. We just have to push to get Sterling out of here.
Read the official statement from the NAACP at http://www.naacp.org/press/entry/naacp-response-to-alleged-statements-by-clippers-owner
Here’s the conversation between Donald and his girlfriend:
Below are some of the reactions, including The Game’s call for a boycott: