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LA Clippers Owner Donald Sterling made racist comments
to girlfriend about African-Americans and Basketball
Hall of Fame Player, "Magic" Johnson
"What you do in the dark, always come out in the light".A statement my late Mother said on many occasions.
As I would sit down to watch the latest National Basketball Association game with my late Father, ethnic status of players on the floor and bench alone it would lead one to falsely believe this game transcends race.
Nothing can be and is further from the truth -- as L.A. Clippers Owner Donald Sterling proven in 9 minutes and 26 sections recorded conversation with his mixed race African-American/Latino girlfriend.
"It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?"Sterling boasted in the insulting discussion with his much younger mixed race girlfriend.
Yet, Sterling owns a professional basketball team where over 85% of the twelve player roster and team head coach is of African-American decent.
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LA Clippers head Coach Doc Rivers (Front) and team line up including
all-star point guard Chris Paul (second from right).
As for the Mothers and Fathers of his players, does Sterling make a point to separate seat rows between himself and them?
"Don't put him [Magic] on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. And don't bring him to my games," Sterling said in the now famous phone conversation with his African-American/Latino girlfriend.If so, Donald Sterling has no business being a team owner in the National Basketball Association league what-so-ever. There are other sports were African-American males do not dominate a majority percentage of the teams' professional talent.
Hockey and the National Hockey League is one sport that immediately comes to mind. Chances Sterling or his mixed race younger girlfriend would take Instagram pictures with the likes of Earvin "Magic" Johnson -Hall of Fame and Business Mogul, Ex-Hockey Player are null to none.
"I’m just saying, in your lousy f******* Instagrams, you don’t have to have yourself with, walking with black people."Which speaks to the bigger point of race and America.
The color of ones skin seem to control everything else regarding how individuals like Donald Sterling view others.
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Let's for a brief moment remove basketball players from this equation and insert the half African-American/half Caucasian 44th President of the United States Barack Obama.
"You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it on that ... and not to bring them to my games," Sterling said.Despite measurable achievements as the former President of the Harvard Law Review, writing a best selling publication "Dreams of my Father", delivering an inspiring keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention and serving as the second Senator from Illinois of African-American decent; Barack Obama has been subject to repeated disrespect solely due to the color outwards of his skin.
If an accomplished Ivy League trained internationally raised former community organizer born in Hawaii to a Caucasian mother and African father is treated by those whom believe they are the superior based on race alone as "less than" in comparison to America's African-American populace. it makes the ignorant comments of Donald Sterling sting that much harder.
Then, there's this....
Sterling's comments come less than a week after rancher Cliven Bundy used his version of "free speech" to disparage what he called "The Negra".
A team of Caucasian self-described conservatives who at first supported Bundy's calls for armed aggression against Federal Officers, in lighting speed fashion attempted to sidestep themselves away from the Nevadan. Two weeks prior -- these same conservatives hailed Bundy as a hero against the evil Federal Government, whose highest elected representative is of African-American decent.
America, we have a race problem. Sterling, in what he believed was a private conversation, described what was in his heart about African-Americans without filter. Bundy meanwhile, irregardless to the circumstances, took to media to express his racist thoughts.
As this article is written, groups making regular rounds on Conservative leading media in this nation falsely described as the "Land of the Free, Home of the Brave", know full well what Sterling's Girlfriend brought out to the light, is expressed on a frequent basis in the dark.
But in a professional sport venue where a majority of Men contributing to Greenbacks owners like Donald Sterling profit from -- the league strongly assert a new version of modern day slavery and bigoted thoughts -- must not stand.