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The code of racism was disrupted on Tuesday April 29th when a rookie commissioner brought down a titan sports owner in a single press conference. Adam Silver, barely on the job for two months, announced that veteran owner of the LA Clippers and billionaire Donald Tokowitz Sterling was banned for life from the NBA and ordered to pay a $2.5 million dollar fine for his private comments that spoke volumes about his contempt and hatred of Black people.
Today’s show will not argue the pros and cons of private conversations caught on tape. It will analyze the deeply embedded Code of Segregation so damaging to the fabric of the American infrastructure. We will listen to two audio recordings of Donald Sterling and his mixed race girlfriend V. Stiviano in an attempt to assess why a man who makes millions off of Black people hates them so deeply.
In the eyes of a racist, this is “just the culture.” It’s the way it is, the way is always has been, the way it should remain. However, if we, as nation are to move this country forward, this racism mentality must be crushed, defeated and permanently not allowed to see the light of day. And as an African American thought leader, just dismissing Sterling’s comments as simply fool hearty is just not good enough. It must be called racist, rejected and abolished.
Tough talk for a very tough topic.
Timeline of Events:
1983: Then Villanova head coach Rollie Massimino had enjoyed success in the Big East but the Clippers came courting him to be their head coach. Sterling, who had purchased the team in 1982, met Massimino in 1983 after Massimino had already met with Clipper management who loved him. Sterling’s meeting with Massimino pretty much ends the moment he shows up with a mistress (he’s been married since 1957 and his wife is suing girlfriend for sleeping with him), champagne and asks Massimino, “I wanna know why you think you can coach these niggers.”
Needless to say Massimino went back to Villanova and wound up winning the 1985 national championship.
2003: In sworn testimony Sterling is on record in regards to Koreans, blacks, children and more about living in his properties. Among the lowlights – “That’s because of all the blacks in this building, they smell, they’re not clean.” [...] “Is she one of those black people that stink? [...] Just evict the bitch.” Sterling settled.
2003: In another case, this time regarding an old mistress, Sterling testified that he paid her every time they had sex. “When you pay a woman for sex, you are not together with her. You’re paying her for a few moments to use her body for sex. Is it clear? Is it clear?” See? Not just a racist but a sexist womanizer as well.
The list goes on and on, including Baylor saying Sterling likened the job to “a vision of a Southern plantation” type structure. Yeah, let’s just say “The Donald” is a rather deplorable human being.
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