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NYT Claims Sterling Has Been A Racist For 33 Years

From the New York Times:

After 33 Years of Sterling, a Boiling Point

By JULIET MACUR | April 28, 2014

Why did it take a tape recording aired on a gossip website to ignite nationwide ire against Donald Sterling?

Suddenly, as if it were breaking news, a recorded conversation said to be between Sterling and a girlfriend has made the Los Angeles Clippers’ owner the most hated outlaw in the sports world, a man considered such a vile bigot that even President Obama felt the need to weigh in. “When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk,” Obama said.

Sorry, Mr. President, not this time. It looks as if the N.B.A. and its team owners have finally had enough of Sterling, and the overdue moment for dealing with him is finally here. It only took the league 33 years.

And it only took the NYT how many days to figure this out?

When the Clippers were losing, which they did for 27 of Sterling’s years there, the league tacitly accepted Sterling’s well-documented racism and other flaws. For decades it was perfectly acceptable to let him run his team like “a Southern plantationlike structure,” as the former Clippers general manager Elgin Baylor once charged in a lawsuit. Sterling routinely operated below the radar, so what was there to worry about? …

But doesn’t this raise the question, if this was so well known to all, why did the Clipper players accept Sterling’s donations? Why did the NAACP and the many other black organizations take his money?

Even Elgin Baylor worked for the Clippers for 23 years before complaining about Sterling. (Something the NYT actually points out later.)

One of the most distressing parts of the revelations might have been that they did not come as a complete surprise. A string of lawsuits against Sterling over the years — for housing discrimination, for sexual harassment, for failing to pay employees — was not enough to pique the N.B.A.’s interest in disciplining him. A claim in one lawsuit said Sterling did not like Hispanics as tenants because all they did was “smoke and drink and just hang around the building.” A 2009 federal discrimination lawsuit led to a $2.76 million settlement, widely reported to be the largest amount paid in such a suit.

Did the N.B.A. and its team owners somehow miss that news? Or did they just ignore it and hope others would too because, after all, the Clippers were usually so bad that no one really cared what they did?

Now the Sterling problem has exploded in everyone’s face, and it’s time for the league and the team owners to act. None of them can feign ignorance. For years, they had their chance to stand up and be counted, to point out that Sterling was a dangerous liability for the league, and to press for his departure from the their ranks.

Instead, they stepped aside while others complained about him, to no avail…

The sad part is that it took this long. Maybe that is because until now everyone was making so much money. Maybe their pockets became so heavy they could not stand up for what was right.

Funny, how The Times skips over how the NAACP and other black organizations accepted Mr. Sterling’s generous contributions all during these 33 years.

And they even defended him and showered him with awards, in spite of the complaints and lawsuits.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “NYT Claims Sterling Has Been A Racist For 33 Years”

  1. Rusty Shackleford

    “… that even President Obama felt the need to weigh in.

    When has he not?

    “The police acted stupidly”

    “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon”

    And those are just two of his race-baiting ignoramus remarks. He LOVES to weigh in on racial issues regardless of their gravity to world-affairs.

    Why? Well, one would probably need a very well-trained psychoanalyst for that answer but the simple version is, he’s the most insecure melanin-rich person in the nation. He’s uncomfortable in his own skin and needs desperately to feel approval from Oprah Winfrey.

    His mom-jeans and feminine demeanor give away a lot more than just his lack of testosterone. His childhood conditioning to hate everybody is also very evident. His reasons why were made clear in his book, even if he didn’t write it. He is an angry little boy and has never grown up to face his own shortcomings, the way the “other half” has, by trying and failing and getting up and trying again.

    He has never been allowed to fail. Which is not the same as never failing. Quite the opposite; By never being allowed to fail, the false overcoat is that he is therefore successful. No. He is and has been a complete failure at everything he’s ever done. But with the glossing over of said failure he further buries the requirement of being anything but a failure.

    Little Barry should never be president. His resistance to reality his locked in place by a socialist media who runs interference for him and lets him believe he’s the smartest guy in the room. Never questioning his so-called brilliance and allowing him to talk out his ass every minute of every hour of every day. Never being held to account or explain himself as an adult would require of such a child as he.

    They have it all figured out. “We’re not gonna let you get to him and anything he does and says will be heralded as ‘ground-breaking’ or ‘brilliant’ or even ‘magnificent’ and there ain’t a damn thing you can do about it”

    So we get to read garbage like “even causing the president to feel the need to insert himself”.

    Sheesh. The guy never shuts up. And he goes on and on about stuff he knows nothing about.

    The classic term is, he’s a bore. Usually, people walk away from such as he. But their own needs to perpetuate the illusion cause them to print/repeat/quote and otherwise pretend to be interested in what he says as if it’s the next words coming from the burning bush itself.

    I have to go be sick now.

  2. JohnMG

    …… “even causing the president to feel the need to insert himself”…….

    I wish he’d feel the need to insert himself into one of his AIDS-infected buddies in one of his favorite Chicago bathhouses instead of inserting his foot in his own mouth every time he opens it.


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