Why selling the Clippers to the fans is the best way to respond to Donald Sterling's racist rant.
While the racist comments of L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling shocked the sports world, they came as no surprise to those who have followed his record, explains sports columnist Dave Zirin.
For a man whose history is lined with repeated issues with race and discrimination, it's remarkable that it took us so long to get here. In fact, it get begs the question: Why now?
How the players on the Los Angeles Clippers decided to protest what their boss Donald Sterling was allegedly recorded saying was not up to anyone else to decide, and harshly judging them for that decision is arrogant and out-of-line.
Aside from the obvious fact that Olivia would not be welcome at a Clippers game (the character is played by African American actress Kerry Washington), there are a few tips any crisis expert would have advised.
For the better part of the last decade, the Washington Wizards have been a walking NBA representation of Murphy's Law. But the team has finally made a jump to become an Eastern Conference contender.
If our society complacently allows power brokers like Donald Sterling to go unpunished for their prejudice, it will be maddeningly difficult for America to progress towards a more just and equitable future.
It's easier to fight an individual than it is to fight an institutionalized system, but this is what is needed. Its always good to see a racist buffoon go down and feel righteous about it, but it serves little purpose, nor does it change much.
Donald Sterling's alleged words about African Americans are poignant to a culture of denial. These comments seem to show a thought process that epitomizes the great American contradiction.
This week's audio recordings of Sterling's racist rants came as no surprise to Clippers fans, but rather served as the "smoking gun" after years of allegations.
The market will take care of this. The arena will be empty and the TV money will dry up and that, my friends, is how Mr. Sterling will be taken care of. And that -- I submit to you -- is stronger than any message the NBA can or will be able to send.
An NBA team is a business, but it also carries the imagery of representing that city. Sports and athletes can provide opportunities for positive role modeling and influencing attitudes -- when turned negative, the effects ripple.
Given the legal issues limiting the message the NBA and its players can send to Sterling regarding his alleged racist comments, fans hold the greatest power in sending him a strong enough message that such speech will not be tolerated.
Is anyone really surprised by the alleged recorded statements of Donald Sterling to his girlfriend? Hasn't it been well-documented that he has made racist comments such as these multiple times in the past?
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