From the Politico:
President Obama: Alleged Donald Sterling remarks ‘incredibly offensive’
By DAN BERMAN | April 27, 2014
President Barack Obama says he’s “confident” the NBA will address and resolve the controversy surrounding the “incredibly offensive racist statements” attributed to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
“The owner is reported to have said some incredibly offensive racist statements that were published. I don’t think I have to interpret those statements for you; they kind of speak for themselves,” Obama said at a news conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Sunday.
Isn’t it funny how Obama finds the time to comment on things like this? But, yes, the private views of NBA owners are a burning national problem that a President of the United States needs to weigh in on.
“When people — when ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk. And that’s what happened here.”
Unfortunately, Mr. Sterling, unlike Obama, doesn’t have the news media to protect him. He is not a big enough donor to the Democrat Party.
TMZ first posted an audio recording Friday of a conversation reportedly between Sterling and his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, where the owner told her not to bring black players to team games or post pictures with African-Americans on Instagram. “It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?” the voice in the recording says…
Ms. Stiviano herself is half black and half Hispanic. So if Mr. Sterling is such a bigot, why does he have a half black, half Hispanic girlfriend? (A girlfriend who sounds like she was setting him up, to shake him down.)
So it’s a little weird to think of Mr. Sterling as incredibly racist. It’s also pretty obvious that Ms. Stiviano was goading him to make racist remarks.
“Obviously, the NBA is a league that is beloved by fans all across the country,” Obama said. “It’s got an awful lot of African-American players. It’s steeped in African-American culture. And I suspect that the NBA is going to be deeply concerned in resolving this.”
In other words, Obama is practically calling on the NBA to take the Clippers away from Sterling.
Obama added that the comments show that, “The United States continues to wrestle with a legacy of race and slavery and segregation that’s still there — the vestiges of discrimination.
Really? There is discrimination against blacks in the NBA and on the LA Clippers? Then why was the NAACP going to give Mr. Sterling a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for a second time? (Sterling received a previous lifetime achievement award from the LA chapter of the NAACP in 2009 and the NAACP’s ‘President’s Award’ in 2008.)
“We’ve made enormous strides, but you’re going to continue to see this percolate up every so often,” he added.
Which is why we have heard Obama speak out against the bigoted comments from the Reverend Sharpton and Jesse Jackson?
“And I think that we just have to be clear and steady in denouncing it, teaching our children differently, but also remaining hopeful that part of why some statements like this stand out so much is because there had been — there has been this shift in how we view ourselves.”
Yes, we must denounce any and all people who do not conform, even when they are expressing their private opinions in a supposedly private conversation.
This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, April 28th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.