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The community at large responds sternly to Sterling's racism



by Joseph Earnest  May 1, 2014


Newscast Media HOUSTON—As Donald Sterling was still coming to grips with the racist words he told his mistress who leaked the tapes to the media, NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced that Sterling has been banned for life, and was also fined $2.5 million dollars for his bad manners.


"We stand together in condemning Mr. Sterling's views," Silver said. "They simply have no place in the NBA." (pop-up)


While enough people have commended the girl for exposing Sterling, it is actually the media that should receive credit for giving her a platform.  Had the media blown her off, this would be a non-story.  Sterling and other White closet racists, should consider this a blessing in disguise.  It forces one to look into one's soul and evaluate who one really is.


Man in the mirror

There are a lot of Whites (not all) who are racists, but don't really know they are, just like an alcoholic doesn't think there is a problem with consumption of alcohol.  It is not until the alcoholic receives a diagnosis of hepatitis whereby the liver starts to deteriorate that the alcoholic takes a closer look at his or her consumption habits.


Likewise, some of the nicest White people you'll ever meet who sit in church pews, or preach in pulpits, or serve the poor at soup kitchens and a number of them who get involved in disaster relief programs and so forth, may not realize that the purpose they do these things is not really because they care for others, but because it provides a form of therapy that helps them nurse their concealed hateful nature.


In the case of Mel Gibson, he himself was not aware that he harbored toxic views about Jews, but upon exposure, he became repentant, yet has had to pay the price since Hollywood has practically banned him for life in the film industry.


In 2006 while speeding on Pacific Highway, Mel Gibson was pulled over by a cop.  He then went on a rant that many Jews found offensive. A few years later his mistress, a White girl named Oksana Grigorieva, also recorded him on a rant, in their home, which she released to the media. This caused further injury to Gibson's career.


Gibson told journalist Alison Hope Weiner that he was angry with himself at the time.

"You have to put it all in the proper context of being in an irrationally, heated discussion at the height of a breakdown, trying to get out of a really unhealthy relationship," Gibson said in the interview with Weiner. "It's one terribly, awful moment in time, said to one person, in the span of one day and doesn't represent what I truly believe or how I've treated people my entire life."


Accusations of racist remarks in judiciary

The reason the NBA dealt with Sterling severely is because people in positions of power and influence, should not openly exhibit their racism since they have the ability to alter the lives of others.

Take for example a Houston federal judge called Lynn Hughes who was elected by Ronald Reagan.  He has been accused of racism in several instances and has even been admonished by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals for his conduct.  However, the 73-year-old judge still sits on a federal bench deciding cases that affect the lives of others.

The Houston Chronicle brought this to the attention of the public in a case where the judge joked around about diversity: "And what does a diversity director do," Hughes said, "go around and (paint) students different colors so they think they were mixed?"

In another discrimination case of a Black employee whereby the supervisor said that if Barack Obama were elected president, the Statue of Liberty's torch would be replaced by a piece of fried chicken, the judge dismissed the remarks.

Judge Lynn Hughes commented that "no black individually and no blacks collectively owns (sic) the sensitivity rights to fried chicken or anything else" and that suggesting use of the term is a racial slur is "really surprising to Colonel Sanders."

A complaint was filed against him and the 5th Circuit opined that Judge Hughes' comment "misses the mark, as it overlooks the racial component."

In another case involving an American of Indian origin named Shah, the judge created a stir by saying:

"All right," Hughes said. "So he's Caucasian."

"No, he's Indian," replied the attorney for the state.

"They're Caucasian," Hughes said. "That's where we came from. That's why Adolph Hitler used the Swastika." according to the Chronicle. (pop-up)

This judge just isn't aware that his opinions would worry any lawyer representing a plaintiff or defendant, and would also create concerns for those to whom such comments were directed.

It is for this reason that people in positions that can affect the lives of others should not be careless the way Mel Gibson was, Lynn Hughes and Donald Sterling have been.

Even though federal judges are elected for life, I'm sure if Barack Obama really wanted to find dirt on this judge like he possibly did with John G. Roberts when he got him to sign Obamacare, he would. Since Obama is on a mission to change Texas from Red to Blue, replacing this judge with a Democrat ally in a federal court in one of the largest counties in Texas, would strengthen Democrats. All you have to do is just Google the phrase judge lynn hughes and see for yourself what people are saying.

Mea Culpa moment

Sterling is yet to admit he was at fault, therefore he is not a sympathetic figure in all of this, and the LA city council has even decided to ban his ads. (pop-up)

Furthermore, a recent $3 million donation he gave to  University of California LA (UCLA) for kidney research has been rejected by the institution. The university released a statement saying: "...Mr. Sterling’s divisive and hurtful comments demonstrate that he does not share UCLA’s core values as a public university that fosters diversity, inclusion and respect. For those reasons, UCLA has decided to return Mr. Sterling’s initial payment of $425,000 and reject the remainder of a $3 million pledge he recently made to support basic kidney research by the UCLA Division of Nephrology..."

In the end, it is best for one to close the final days of one's life having finished strong--something that cannot be said about 82-year old Sterling who has left a stain on whatever legacy he attempted to build, and an asterisk next to his name.


As always, one bad relationship, can ruin your entire life.  Add Comments>>


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