Clippers Owner Donald Sterling Exposed: More Racist Remarks Revealed: UPDATED
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An extended version of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling having a conversation with his mixed-race girlfriend, V. Stiviano was released Sunday. The Internet was abuzz when part of the recording was released, during which Sterling made racist remarks about his girlfriend posting an Instagram picture with famed retired-NBA star “Magic” Johnson.
Not only is the recording disturbing, it’s infuriated a number of league professionals and those closely related to it. During the 15-minute long conversation, Sterling chastises Stiviano for associating with African-Americans and instructs her not to post pictures with Blacks on her social media pages and not to bring them to any of his games.
He refers to the culture in which we live for validating his reasoning. He suggests African Americans (apparently no matter what their societal stature) are viewed as less than and he’d rather no have to take the time to defend her for fraternizing with Black people.
And during one of the most telling moments in the recording Sterling says he’s well aware he has Black members on the Clippers team saying, “I support them and give them food, and clothes, and cars, and houses. Who gives it to them? Does someone else give it to them?”
The revelation of this recording has caused a community of offended people, including a number of celebrities to come forward and express their disappointment in Sterling’s, whose owned the Clippers for nearly three decades, comments.
Among them is President Obama who says, “I don’t think I have to interpret those statements for you they kind of speak for themselves.” He continues, “When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything. You just let them talk.”
Ignorant is certainly one way to describe the level of racism displayed by Sterling. His surprising remarks are but a reminder that racism is still very alive and well in our society. And in raising young men and women who have dreams of playing professional sports, or excelling in any other profession, it’s very important to instill in them an unwavering confidence in being African-American. Our children should not feel diminished by the levels of thinking of those not appreciative of the diversity and excellence Black people bring to this society.
It isn’t our job to change the mind of one man. Try as hard as we may, we may never succeed at doing such. It is, however, our job to raise up a generation of children who beat all odds, have and express love for those of every race, finance bracket and learning background and who strive toward excellence in all they do. If we do our part, the great societal effect that results from the success stories of our children will far outweigh the ignorance and negativity of those who conspire against us!
Clipppers center DeAndre Jordan blacked-out his Instagram profile in response to Sterling’s comments on Saturday night.
UPDATE: At the start of the Clippers game against Golden State on Sunday, in a symbol of unity against Sterling’s racist remakes, the Clippers team huddled at center court at the beginning of their warm-ups and threw their official warm-up gear in the middle of the floor. They wore their practice jerseys inside out and the Clippers logo was not to be seen. Throughout the game, point guard Chris Paul wore a black t-shirt under his jersey and all players wore black bands around their arms.