Donald Sterling and girlfriend V. Stiviano

Sunday’s playoff game in Oakland between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Clippers was overshadowed by the widespread outrage over racist comments purportedly made by Clippers owner Donald Sterling. The comments were contained in an audio recording released Friday by TMZ. A man identified as Sterling can be heard making several racially insensitive remarks to his girlfriend, including telling her she should not bring minorities to the team’s games.

Harry Edwards, professor emeritus of sociology, UC Berkeley

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  • Guest

    Once again rich people are exposed as freakish sociopaths. Surely Sterling is this minute crying on Tom Perkin’s shoulder, who is assuring Sterling that the girlfriend and her friends are N├ízis, after which Larry Ellison will explain that winning is all that matters and the servants are disposable. Poor little Donald. It’s getting to the point where you can’t trust your gold digger any more.

  • colinvgallagher

    California has one of the strongest laws against recording private communications without the consent of all parties in the nation. Assuming that the recording that had been posted on TMZ had been genuine, had the law been broken? (This is in no way to condone the attitudes expressed by Mr. Sterling or his being 50 years older than his girlfriend/companion).

    • thucy

      It’s another fascinating contradiction:
      The morally flawed meretrix (the “girlfriend” V. Stiviano) becomes the only truth-teller in this sad scenario.
      And she could only have become the truth-teller by violating the law.
      I’m not too fond of women with Stiviano’s meretricious tendencies (is it that hard to go out with a poor, good man your own age?), but I have to give her credit for doing the right thing in making the recording. An act which legally imperils her.

      • ES Trader

        Why do you assume she wasnt going out with a poor, good(?) man simultaneously. Something is still missing in this picture.

        • thucy

          Seriously? Are you kidding me? She’s twenty and dating an octogenarian. She presumably doesn’t have time for a man her age because she’s probably spending every free minute studying emergency medical procedures for geriatric patients, merely to avoid add’l litigation from Mrs. Sterling!

          Unless, of course, your slobbering adoration of white male privilege precludes you from acknowledging that a Mrs. Sterling exists to be offended!

          Oy gevalt… my home state of California is truly a moral vacuum.

          • ES Trader

            Right she was “dating”, a octogenarian because he was such great company and had nothing to do with his $2 billion……..ever think about buying the GGBr?

          • thucy

            Wait – the transgression of Stiviano – young and unmarried – is called out by you, but not the transgression of the older, married Sterling?
            That is some intense male entitlement!!

  • thucy

    Forget for a moment the myriad fascinating contradictions inherent in a married white DNC donor (with a net worth approx 2 billion) who owns a largely black team, yet who insists his Mexican-African-American mistress (who is fifty or sixty years his junior – ouch!) is not black and thereby she must not bring black friends to the game, a game which is being played largely by… black people.
    No, that’s not the funny part. The really deliciously funny bit is after he showers this much (much!) younger woman with over $1.8 million in gifts, his wife then tries to sue the younger woman for said gifts, claiming the cash as “community property.”
    Hey, Mrs. Sterling, you got nearly two Billion in “community property”, just write the lost couple million off as a business expense instead of clogging up the courts!
    And they wonder why people are cynical about the vaunted social merits of marriage…! (As the old burlesque joke goes: “What do you call an act like that?” Answer: “THE ARISTOCRATS!”)
    It’s like Shakespeare’s Othello played backward, upside down and inside out, and with the entire troupe on acid. It’s the Schadenfreude Special: I seriously might die laughing watching this.

  • ES Trader

    I expect to be heavily criticized but are we shocked that racism still exists in the 21st century?

    1) Life would instantly become ideal if government or another “higher” authority could mandate beliefs and attitudes but what unintended consequences would that produce?
    While I am not going to defend Donald Sterling on the right to think or say what he thinks, provided that he has not physically harmed anyone it seems like “crowd behavior” by the media, players, and former players have already decided that he is a re-incarnation of Hitler.

    2) Arguments often result in speaking regrettably and we do not know what Sterling is like in calmer times and what are the motives of Stiviano, his girlfriend, who is Mexican-African American descent. I have always been a fan of Magic Johnson and I don’t understand Sterling’s rant given that he isn’t ignorant of Magic’s NBA stature so I have to conclude that this was the angry ravings of a old lecherous man and his relationship with a woman the age of a great granddaughter.

    3) Jeremy Lin was a victim of racial prejudice not only by being ignored by colleges despite his high school basketball achievements as well as constant name calling by opposing fans as a player at Harvard and on the Knicks, but where was the media coverage or NCAA and NBA action there? Where were ex NBA players speaking out for him? Were the fans yelling the racial slurs banned from the games?

    4) Billy Crystal tweeted that the Clippers doesn’t belong to Sterling but to the fans is well intentioned but the Clippers is a business and if anyone objects to ownership conduct then they should cancel their season tickets and not support the business. Sterling bought the team for $12 million in 1981 and is probably worth a billion now. If attendance and revenue drops the market value will fall, Sterling will sell and new ownership will appear to buy a hot commodity.

    • thucy

      Actually, Kiyoshi, I think you’re the only person invoking Hitler.
      Many women are just kind of appalled that, as is so often the case, a man with so much power and money can’t exercise enough good sense to pick a mistress who will keep quiet after he blows nearly two million on her.
      It’s amazing that, given your bent toward traditional morals, you have no criticism for a man who so blatantly breaks his marriage vows. Then again, looking at the federal case against him, he’s pretty much a dirtbag.
      Mrs. Sterling apparently turned a blind eye to her wealthy husband’s philandering for decades. No doubt it profited her interest in their shared “community property”. And who says long marriages lack for romance! Why, there’s nothing more romantic than the words “community property”. Unless you count the word “litigator”.

      • ES Trader

        I agree that Sterling is a dirt bag, but, even a billionaire has to compromise on exactly what he/she desires and what is available.

        Seems to me that an attractive woman with talent, skills, education to seek employment elsewhere would as a film star, model, and yes even in business as a CEO (Marissa Mayer of Yahoo).

        Seems to me that would be preferable to being a mistress, er excuse me, companion, to a 80 year old guy. I dont think she was a victim of the sex slave trade.

        • thucy

          You have a real talent for attributing ideas to people which they never espoused. I certainly never claimed Stiviano was a victim of the slave trade, nor did I hold her up as a moral exemplar. I merely pointed out your moral hypocrisy.

          • ES Trader

            there you go again where did I accuse you of portraying Stiviano as a sex slave victim?

    • In addition to being the only person invoking Hitler, you’re right on message for getting in some anti “big gummint” commentary in your first point. I’ll admit that I’m making a large assumption here, but allow me to guess that you are a big fan of the “free” market and all of its power and glory. Well, this is actually a case in which an entirely private business concern is regulating itself, with pressure from its privately chosen leadership, its backwards-jersey-wearing employees, and its grassroots customer base, with absolutely NO interference by big, bad Big Brother.

      By mentioning the “‘higher’ authority (that) could mandate beliefs and attitudes”, I assume you are referencing a somewhat paranoid view that the gummint is going to enact overreaching laws and regulations regarding racism. Like the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Can’t have crazy stuff like that just flying around.

      • ES Trader

        free market philosophy is derived from natural selection, and yes I believe in evolution and not a creationist.

        By higher authority, I was being facetious, like the Hebrew National hotdog ad.

        Attitudes that evolve and change i believe reach more permanence when individuals realize for themselves truths and injustices voluntarily.

        Whether the NBA or the feds “forcing” a sale of the team is a dangerous precedent that should be avoided. Sponsors are abandoning ship like rats, if the season ticket holder and even the players coaches “strike” despite loss of income or seats, then Sterling will likely sell to cut his losses. the pain of financial loss always results in selling when the pain becomes intolerable.

        But lets face it Chris Paul and Blake Griffin wont do that citing team goals etc as an excuse to not abandon the play-offs, I don’t blame them for not throwing away contracts in some cases running into the 100 million dollars territory.

        • thucy

          Except Darwin never meant for his theory of evolution to be foisted upon human society. He was a great humanist and abhorred racism, slavery and the excesses of the “free” market..

        • Forgive my lack of expertise in this subject area. I am but a Lit major. However, did not Free Market philosophy originate with Adam Smith, and his seminal work, “Wealth of Nations” which was published in 1776?

          Darwin wasn’t born until 1809, and he published “Origin of Species” in 1859, introducing the radical idea of natural selection. Just Wikipedia, man, and 4 measly years of university ejja-kayshun.

          • thucy

            Actually, Adam Smith himself never believed in unfettered free markets, and for much of the 19th century he was branded a “socialist” for his earlier work, “The Theory of Moral Sentiments.”
            It was in the 20th century that his work was “kidnapped” by free market ideologues. Smith was actually a much more thoughtful fellow.

          • You’re correct. His economic views were very moral and he worried, quite rightly, that free market capitalism would create troubling and unhealthy economic inequality. He was not the capitalist cutthroat that your average Free Marketeer kool-aid drinker assumes him to be. “Wealth of Nations” was lassoed by neo-cons into being a mascot of sorts for the fantastic, ephemeral “magic” of trickle-down economics. Smith would have been whirling at very high speeds in his grave.

            Your average Free Marketeer kool-aid drinker also has not likely actually read “Wealth…”, or any biography of Adam Smith. Cuz then they’d have to learn about his long history of moral philosophy, and status as a leading humanist of his age. But that kind of knowledge requires actual READING of primary sources, and who has time for that when there is soooo much more easily digestible pablum on The Internets??

          • ES Trader

            right AS didnt believe in the “invisible hand” of free markets, oh I guess that was Marx

            Capitalism, evolution, democracies are often ugly and distasteful but it essentially works out best

          • ES Trader

            I did not credit Darwin with the term free market, but to the parallel true path of both and to its time tested success.

            It’s always disappointing that controversial incidents cannot be debated in a calm and rational way instead of becoming a blind emotional rant by all who disagree.

            Like I said, human nature is a universal, absolute trait in all humans. Conservatives, liberals and all in between think that the volume or amount of their argument is a substitute foe fact as long as they get the final say and keep their egos intact

  • thucy

    The whole Sterling Stiviano “romance” recalls Gilbert Gottfried’s second epic roast of octogenarian Hugh Hefner.

    Gottfried: “He can still make a woman scream in bed. She’s screaming, ‘Oh my God! Is he breathing’?”

  • Jere Visalli

    Can you please tell my how Sterling got two NAACP awards and was in line for a third after his history of racism?

    • thucy

      Money talks. And however did the chemist who developed mustard gas get the Nobel?

      • Another Mike

        Haber’s process to synthesize ammonia currently enables half of humanity to eat.

        • thucy

          No doubt, it apparently had some other uses that might have been mitigating factors in the award, as many WWI vets believed (fairly, I think.)
          Kissinger and Obama winning the Nobel Prize for Peace? Let’s face it, these types of big-name awards not only don’t tell the whole story, but are often total jokes.

  • Sterling’s outdated and boorish “throwback” behavior is doubly ironic given that sport, especially the NBA, has been such a positive platform to bring races together, starting with the players working as a team, and spreading to their fans who are encouraged to re-examine any recalcitrant bigotry in a most affirming of manners.

    • thucy

      I’m fascinated by Sterling’s question to Stiviano:

      “Who makes the game?”

      This is an owner who clearly does not understand that it’s the players who make the game.

      Labor v. Owners. Nothing ever changes.

      • Hear hear. I suspect that Sterling, amongst his other flaws, suffers from Rich Man’s Inflated Ego Syndrome.

      • ES Trader

        Money makes the world go around………..” In this world, sin that pays its way can travel freely, and without a passport; wheras Virtue, if a pauper, is stopprd at all frontiers”…….Herman Melville, Moby Dick

        Get real he who pays makes the game

        • thucy

          That’s a serious (and pathetic) misreading of all that Melville labored for in his work. If you got through Moby-Dick and took away that quote as its core value, then it’s no mystery why you look at the world in such a sad, cynical manner.

          • Agreed. If Kiyoshi is trying to make an ally of Herman Melville in celebrating wealth as the chief motivator for human behavior, and disallowing for “silly” things like, say, morality and altruism, he’s barking up the wrong tree. Melville was a big-time champion of the little guy, the oddball, the outcast, the free-thinker and the bookworm who fought AGAINST the boorish behaviors of the moneyed classes. I know, I know, this requires a level of literary sophistication. Bartleby, anyone? “I would prefer not to.”

            Why single out Melville, of all people, when there is so much readily available material from Ayn Rand??

          • thucy

            Thanks, moderniste. Greg Grandin has a great new non-fiction book “The Empire of Necessity” which looks at early 19th-century slavery through the lens of Melville’s classic “Benito Cereno”. There’s a great passage about Melville visiting the statue celebrating Nelson’s naval victory – paid for by slave traders grateful for Nelson keeping the “trade”routes open for slave ships. It really affected Melville before he wrote “Benito Cereno”.

            Grandin’s book is short but beautifully written and a wonderful window into Melville, I hope you’ll check it out.

          • At the risk of turning this derailment into a Melville love-in, thank YOU for the book recommendation. I’m a big-time Melville fan, and it hurt me deeply to see him so crassly misused.

          • ES Trader

            Right people always practice what they preach……….that’s why Eugene O’Neill, a bohemian and Communist sympathizer, was so open-minded when his 18 year old daughter married Charlie Chaplin.

            Try climbing down from the ivory tower and understanding humannature

          • Yes, I have a B.A. Whoahhh–that’s some *serious* ivory tower bona-fides!! Mere intellectual curiosity and the ability to perform the most perfunctory research does not an academic make.

            As far as human nature goes, well, I’ve been working in fancy-schmancy restaurants as a bartender and wine steward/sommelier for 25 years, and I see the “private” behaviors of the moneyed class every single night. So, in that one area, I do consider myself adequately qualified.

          • ES Trader

            rich or poor, human nature transcends that, we all share fear, greed, etc.

            I hope you enjoy your occupation, since college I always thiught bartending would be a fun job and I have had numerous interesting coversations with bartenders over the years, but I’m uncertain if behavior under those circumstances produces expertise in human behavior.

            Try observing the intra-day, daily,weekly and longer intervals of price volatility in stock or futures markets for 27 years.

            Fear, greed, ignorance etc plays out almost identically over and over, absolutely w/out masks nor civility.

          • I do enjoy both bartending and sommelier-ing, (dunno if that’s actually a word) and at least in SF, it pays well enough to live here. I certainly do not have a degree in Psychiatry or Psychology, or even therapy, but I spend almost my entire 7 hour shift speaking to people, and more important, listening to them.

            When I’m not doing this, making and pouring drinks, or fetching wine, I watch how they relate to each other. Part of what makes a successful front-of-the-house restaurant worker, aside from quick delivery of food and drink, is the ability to make a good first impression; to be able to engender immediate trust, and to possess impeccable manners, all of which make members of my profession keen observers of the human condition.

            In my particular case, I tend to see lots of wealthy people; Mr. Sterling would be right at home with the majority of our clientele, though his racist remarks would not be considered polite, or well-mannered. This kind of behavior is universally tedious, boorish and indicative of closed mind.

            As far as your suggestion to observe the ins and outs of economics, well, I’m woefully uneducated in this area. I only took an Intro to Econ class in school, and profess to just not be “good” at that stuff. I admire and greatly respect those who are expert in this area, but my personal understanding of humanity comes from other sources.

          • ES Trader

            moderniste, Im happy for you that you are doing what you enjoy and apparently successful at it. You express yourself very well, calmly without any hint of heated emotion that is so common in comments of opposing views.

            I dont belong to the 1% crowd by a wide margin, though I haven’t abandoned trying, and being an immigrant to the U.S. as a child, unable to speak English, not many years following WWII, I am no stranger to racial slurs, and sensitive to others, be it race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc.

            But being aware of what occurred regarding the imprisonment and loss of property by Japanese Americans, and the suspension/disregard of their Constitutional rights, I am bothered by “mob rule” mentality before all the facts become known ( The Chron has a story today on Sterling’s girlfriend) & the NBA punishment by Commissioner Silver today before any due process because of a few minutes of a 60 minute conversation in my opinion is wrong. I want to believe that if I am ever accused of something and railroaded, someone wou;d stand up and say, “just a minute, let’s sort this out” and calm the “peasanats with pitchforks” mentality.

            If Sterling was not a billionaire and of color, what I heard would not have gotten the same reaction. If he were a billionaire black man saying to his white GF his dislike of whites and his embarassment of her instagram posting, I doubt TMZ woyuld have purchased and posted the audio. Sterling, as far as I know, did not advocate violence or the “N” word.

            Simply being a wealthy white person does not automatically make him a racist degenerate. There are a number of whites, just in the Bay Area, that are philanthropists for local, national and international charities and needs. David Duffield, former CEO of Peoplesoft, started an animal welfare fund, Maddie’s Fund, in honor of his deceased dog to educate and aid unwanted dogs and cats, after the sale of Peoplesoft to Oracle and Larry Ellison. You may have seen their ads on tv a few years ago to promote adoption,

            Not all rich are self centered, greedy, ravagers of the environment, living in multiple mansion etc.

            One bit of unsolicited advice. It sounds like you are in your 30’s or maybe early 40’s, so you have time to invest and succeed in building enough net worth to assure a comfortable retirement.

            So my advice to you is to learn about investing in the stock market when prices fall and let others bid up prices after it turns up. Do not seek the advice of a “financial advisor” or just watch CNBC OR Bloomberg TV or read a few articles or books. They earn a living by selling advice, not from successful investing. Learn on your own, successful investing is common sense. The overall stock market has near;y tripled since the Mar, ’09 bottom and many individual stocks have risen by multiples of that. The 1% benefited from that and is a major reason for the widening gap in wealth; most of the 99% missed it because they did not participate due to fear and ignorance.

            If you are interested in web links that you can begin to learn from let me know and I will direct you to some very useful sites,

          • ES Trader

            whether you are a literary scholar or not is irrelevant if you think the written word is iron-clad for their behavior.

            The Constitution was written by men with idealistic intentions for the behavior of government in governing its citizens……unless the rules become an impediment and are ignored or suspended like the imprisonment and seizure of property by the government of Japanese Americans.

            Fear is a stronger more dominant emotion to real or imagined threats and wont be stopped by words on paper

  • Michael L Rose

    Wow, the year is 2014, not 1950. Get with the time’s and the new world conditions.

  • $22911251

    Sterling’s history of bigotry and discriminatory practices is NOT news. In choosing Sterling for an award the NAACP must have ignored his housing record and funding of a lawsuit which discriminates against those receiving HUD housing subsidy i.e, disabled, poor and elderly folks.

    thanks to Harry Edwards for putting this incident into proper context.

  • Another Mike

    To me, Sterling sounded chiefly to be jealous of the men who his young girlfriend chose to take to the Clippers’ games. Then she took pictures of herself draped over these younger, attractive, muscular men and posted them to her Instagram account, for all to see.

    • thucy

      Sure, it’s all about sex, because the Feds never had to prosecute him for civil rights violations.

    • ES Trader

      I agree, it sounds like jealousy was a factor in his rant.

    • While male/female jealousy, and the ins and outs of an older man’s insecure relationship with his younger mistress may have some bearing upon Sterling’s comments, everyone really needs to listen to the actual audio footage to get the full effect of Sterling’s bigotry. It’s pretty major.

      This is not subtle “politically incorrect” commentary that has been blown up by anti-racism activists eager to advance their viewpoints. Nope; this is straight-up, in-your-face, the real-deal RACISM in its most distasteful form.

      Don Sterling does not like, or respect black people–men in particular–or their culture, and is trying to bully his Latina mistress into adhering to his hateful beliefs. He is embarrassed to be seen with, or associated with, high-profile black men like Magic Johnson. Imagine how he feels about “normal, everyday” non-rich or famous black people.

      This is NOT a good guy. And his money can’t buy him good ethics or a moral set of values–or out of this situation. He deserves whatever punishment his colleagues within the NBA throw at him. The fact that this was a private conversation only makes it more powerful, as we often say things that are very true to our inner beliefs when we think we are speaking in private; things that we’d NEVER say in public, to a wide audience. This is some nasty stuff, straight from the bottom of Sterling’s shriveled, Grinch-like, mean-ol’-man heart, and I hope, in the very least, that Ms. Stiviano closes down the nooky.

      • Another Mike

        Stiviano is both black and Hispanic. I thought she was Puerto Rican at first.

        I guess you can be both racist and attracted to black women, but then why would you publicly associate yourself with one?

        • thucy

          “I guess you can be both racist and attracted to black women, but then why would you publicly associate yourself with one?”

          Case in point: Thomas Jefferson, who took Sally Hemings, his slave, to Paris, leaving old Mrs. Jefferson at home.

          Of course, to Mike, neither TJ nor DS were racist. Denial is not a river in Egypt…

          • Oh, I don’t know. Mike wasn’t necessarily defending Sterling’s hateful rant; but he wasn’t calling him out for the racial aspects either, which needs to be done. I suspect that Sterling’s attraction to non-white women may have a lot to do with wielding power over other people, women in particular.

            This fits right in with the assumption of privilege and “specialness” common to many old wealthy white dudes; that large of amounts of money make it OK to treat a minority woman like “the help”.

            If I hadn’t heard the anger, hatred and paranoia in the actual recordings of Sterling’s rant, I might not be so critical of his behavior or his tendencies that add up to a nasty personality. But his words are unforgivable, and are a very real and true representation of the man’s values, which, pardon my French, are crappy.

            Yes, the privacy laws may have been broken, and I am a staunch supporter of privacy. I’m going to comment on today’s Forum program about the police unlawfully using a drug dealer’s phone against her, and what the Supreme Court has to say about it.

            I’ve since read more than a couple accounts of Sterling’s racist behavior over the years; this was no one-time instance that he was manipulated into doing–it is a pattern of toxic behavior. Sterling deserved privacy. But he’s still an ay-hole.

  • Christopher

    do you know yet that it is indeed Mr. Sterling on the recording?

    • thucy

      Donald Sterling himself does not deny that it is his voice on the recording. Neither does his wife. That’s not an admission, but it is telling.

  • ES Trader

    where was Harry Edwards qhen Jeremy Lin was being discriminated and being called racial slurs while playing for Harvard & Knicks. To invoke Wilt, and Russell in this argument is ludicrous, that was another time that has long passed.

    NBA players union went on strike just 3 years ago; if Clipper’s players are genuinely outraged, they should not play further and forfeit their multi-million dollar contracts.

    Im surprised Jesse Jackson hasn’t already jumped into the spot light.

    So Harry Edwards wants personal thoughts controlled and punished ?

  • ES Trader

    I am very disappointed to see the mob mentality… peasants with pitchforks, ready to storm the castle attitude against Donald Sterling..

    He did not threaten anyone with physical harm nor use the “N” word.

    What he said was unpleasant, unkind, idiotic, but to paint him as a racist because he doesnt want his girlfriend to post on instgram w/ Magic Johnson or bring him to games doesn’t make him a racist. The cattle rancher in Nevada that made statements about blacks being better off as slaves is clearly a racist but Sterling is a little shy of that category.

    It even sounds like he was baited by his girlfriend to say incendiary ravings. How did she manage to record the conversation without his consent. How did the recording get to TMZ? What was the entire conversation?

    KQED and NPR is not Fox TV or Rush Limbaugh but the attitude seems just as quick,, without all the facts, ready, shoot, aim attitude so often heard from Sara Palin types.

    Why stop at simply forcing him to sell his ownership in the Clippers? Why not strip him of all his assets, declare him a non-citizen and send him out of the country?

    I dont agree with what he said, but he has every right to say it without fear of being forced to sell his assets.

    • Bob Fry

      Hear, hear! The law actually broken was recording the phone call without his consent. Why not chase after that law-breaker?

      • ES Trader

        thx , but she’ll probably just be offered a reality tv series even if guilty

  • Bob Fry

    So the rich old white guy’s a racist. So the sun comes up in the east.

    I haven’t seen any criticism of the person who recorded this private phone conversation, surely breaking some law (or was it the NSA).

    • thucy

      “I haven’t seen any criticism of the person who recorded this private phone conversation, surely breaking some law (or was it the NSA)”

      Actually, Bob, even those who believed Sterling’s comments on the tape made him unsuitable for any team owner role in the NBA have been critical of V. Stiviano.
      I myself, ordinary schmo commenter, called her meretricious on this board.

      Further, contrary to your assertion, not all rich white guys are racist, Bob. And Sterling’s previous settlement of cases regarding his civil rights violations in his role as a landlord, following FEDERAL action taken against him, should have precluded his ownership of an NBA team, per NBA’s bylaws.

      I get that this doesn’t matter to you, but Silver had a much different reaction today, and not without reason.

  • Well, Sterling got the smack-down. And it’s well-deserved. By essentially divesting Sterling from his money-making opportunities with his NBA team, the NBA’s commissioner has made a statement for that private company: that they do not stand for bigotry; that their vision of modern society does not have room for racism. I do not think this is too harsh; it’s refreshingly progressive, and proves that simply acquiring wealth need not be the sole purpose of a business. And Sterling, with his multi-millions (billions?) will hardly be out on the street. (Of course he may have a bit more difficult time with his extra-marital affairs. Sadly for him, most white-power women are also not big fans of Jews.)

    Now, on to the NAACP. They’ve been shameless money-grubbers for too long, and it’s way past the time for them to get called out on their organization’s decaying morals. They seem to exist mainly to hand out awards to anyone who gives them large sums of money. And, so you get the likes of Chris Brown, R. Kelly and Don Sterling attempting, to, well, whitewash their violence against women (in the cases of Brown and Kelly) and bigotry (Sterling) with large donations in return for a highly-publicized award from a “politically correct” organization. What happened to bringing culture and economic equality to the ghetto, guys? You’re bringing me down, here

    I suspect that careerism has taken over most of the NAACP’s “good deeds”, proving that no one is immune from greed. All of those donations are increasingly becoming an addiction to paid NAACP officers who’ve grown used to luxuriously feathering their nests. Charities that lose their path and start to exist only to provide generous salaries to a small number of officers need to be checked, and with gusto.

    As much as I have disagreements with the Catholic Church, I do like what Catholic Charities do for those in need. Of course, there are unfortunate examples of Vatican-appointed bishops and other high-ranking church officials who live like kings in Church-funded mansions. But the orders of monks and nuns still largely live by their vows of poverty, directly helping our society’s neediest, and/or producing traditional food, beverage, and fine crafts. I volunteer each week at St. Anthony’s SF mission, cooking and serving lunch to several thousand people. They do this 3 meals a day, 7 days a week, with absolutely no proselytizing, and a great deal of dignity. The Franciscan monks, walking around in traditional brown habits, are certainly not living high on the hog. This is how charity should operate.

    Creeping greed, venality and careerism in charitable organizations must be aired out, and the current blast of sunshine the NAACP is now “enjoying” will hopefully either make them seriously examine their operations, or suffer the consequences from waning donations.

    • thucy

      As I walked home today, I realized how closely and strangely the Sterling-Stiviano affair mirrors Melville’s “Benito Cereno”, wherein those in positions of power are toppled because they are incapable of imagining that their servants (specifically African slaves in Melville’s story, and an African-Mexican mistress in this story) might have other ideas.
      For those of us who serve, as well as those in power, Melville remains incredibly relevant.

  • ES Trader

    Would a “racist” billionaire have a black boxer, Floyd Maywether, sit next to him court-side at a Clippers game ?

    Think maybe the media and frenzied anti-Sterling crowd hung a possible innocent man because of hos wealth ?

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