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NBA team owner faces blowback for racist remarks against Blacks

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by Joseph Earnest  April 28, 2014


Newscast Media LOS ANGELES—While owner of LA Clippers Donald Sterling is still reeling from the blowback he has faced since TMZ released a tape of him on a racist rant, the National Association of Advancement of Colored People, announced today that it has withdrawn the Lifetime Achievement Award it planned to give Sterling at its May 15, banquet.

"He is not receiving a lifetime achievement award from the NAACP," Lorraine Miller, NAACP interim vice president, told NBC's Meet the Press.

The controversy revolves around a tape in which the angry 82-year-old Sterling is ranting about his young twenty-something girlfriend Stiviano, who is half Mexican, half Black, associating with Black people.

It also angered Sterling that Stiviano took pictures with Magic Johnson and posted them on Instagram. Stiviano said she saw someone she admired and took a picture with him and posted it on Instagram, even though her boyfriend forbade her from associating with Black men.

"I'm just saying, it's too bad you can't admire him privately," Sterling said. "It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you're associating with black people. Do you have to? 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 [Instagram] … and not to bring them to my games.

"I'm just saying, in your lousy f******* Instagrams, you don't have to have yourself with, walking with black people.…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."

Magic responded by saying he would never go to a Clippers game again and advised fans and players to boycott them.

"I feel sorry for my boys on that team that have to play for a guy like that. Chris and Blake and all those guys, where we come from, that's not acceptable," Magic said.

Among many others Stiviano posted this picture of her and LA Dodgers player Matt Kemp.don sterling

Inset: Donald Sterling. This picture also bothered Sterling, of Stiviano (r) with a Black baseball player Matt Kemp (l) who plays for the LA Dodgers. Photo by Instagram.

Word to the wise

Speaking of relationships, why would a White racist even date a Black woman? Does he have a fetish for them? You see it all the time in Africa. UN workers running around and sleeping with Africans, yet when they come back to the West, they pretend to hate Black people, even though when no one was watching in Africa, they were engaged in hedonism. Hypocrites!

Matt Kemp said he seconded Johnson saying that Sterling should no longer own the Clippers.

"Yeah, for sure," Kemp said. "I mean, I would say about 90% of the NBA is African-American guys. I mean, even like Doc [Rivers, Clippers coach] said, I'm sure J.J. Reddick and some of the Caucasian players, I'm sure they're pretty mad about that, too.

"Because the NBA, MLB, we're all a close family. We stick together. There is no room for racism in any of our games."

Barack Obama was asked about it while giving a press conference in Malaysia.

"The United States continues to wrestle with the legacy of race...and slavery and segregation...the vestiges of discrimination.  We've made enormous strides but, you're gonna continue to see this percolate up every so often, and I think that we just have to be clear in denouncing it, teaching our children differently..." Obama said.

Why all the hoopla?

We ignored this story when it first came out on Friday, but the more we thought of it, the more we realized it represents a bigger problem.  Magic Johnson was most offended because Sterling said he didn't want his girlfriend to bring Black people to his games--this included Magic Johnson, even though he doesn't know the girl, and he too co-owned a team.

If you think about it, these Black players dominate sports, therefore the team owners, at the very least, should show some civility since their wealth is being built by the talent of the players they insult.

There once was a Black Baseball League, Black Wall Street, Black Entertainment and so forth.  These were entities through which Blacks developed a spirit of economic collectivism to empower themselves. The community was wholesome then. If you notice all the cats that grew up in the late seventies all through the eighties, had taste and class, because they were schooled on etiquette and manners.  Look what we have now.

Are players to blame?

On one hand you really cannot blame the players for maximizing their talent by migrating to the highest bidder.  On the other hand, with all the multimillionaire athletes and entertainers who have benefited from their hustle, they should take some of the blame for not starting their own franchises to support their own.

As long as a certain segment of society believes it controls another, it will think that gives it a license to be verbally abusive toward the other. Even the nicest person with a seemingly innocent smile, will turn into a monster when put in a position of authority.

There are times when qualified people apply for jobs and do not get them. Sometimes the reason this happens is because the Universe is protecting others from such people, who would act like little dictators at the workplace. Sometimes you are being protected from yourself and perhaps one needs to take an inventory of oneself rather than make excuses the way Donald Sterling is doing. Admitting a problem exists is the first step to solving it.

If you do get a chance, look up "The Zimbardo Prison Experiment." Any Psychology graduate would be familiar with it. Watch how people became abusive when placed in positions of power in the video below:

The Stanford Prison Experiment by Prof. Philip Zimbardo  

You cannot control someone whose check you do no signsomeone who is master of his domain, and someone who lives outside the matrix. The matrix is a system that has been designed to benefit one segment of the population by empowering them economically and intellectually while depriving another of the same.

Living outside the matrix is something that everyone should strive for. Life outside the matrix enables one to discern and separate the authentic from the "poseurs".  

One never has to seek anybody's approval and has absolute zero need to be liked or accepted, because one is too busy blazing one's trail. This person seems elusive, but is not. You can't quite make what to think of the same. Such a person never panics or has reactionary tendencies. This person never even engages himself in unnecessary squabbles, because to do so it betray one's dignity and poise.

Such a person understands the importance of maintaining the God-given sense of mystery contained within every human being, while at the same time is ready to reach out to those without a voice. In fact, it is very easy to misjudge these people as arrogant or aloof, yet they are simply self-assured.

In the end, those who are a cancer to society will continue to be exposed by Father Time who will eventually weed them out, since Truth is the daughter of Time.

It was Rudyard Kipling the poet who wrote: "...If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, or walk with kingsnor lose the common touch...Yours is the Earth...And, what is'll be a Man, my son!"  Add Comments>>












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