A Frost staffer said his uncle used to joke years ago that the NBA was becoming the “Negro Basketball Association.” He not so jokingly suggested that, eventually, race would be an issue with the game. These alleged comments by Clippers owner Donald Sterling might not have been exactly what the uncle was thinking about but we’ve long thought that today’s sports industry was something of a plantation system—especially in those sports seemingly dominated by black players who are described as “natural athletes” but almost never as natural leaders or intelligent players. The implications of those views long have been understood by some of us.
Cliven Bundy is by no means alone in his sentiments on race. Even if this incident proves to be something of a hoax, Sterling apparently has a history of “alleged racist behavior.” Even the president, who initially seemed overly cautious about tackling matters of race in this country has spoken out about this.
Perhaps, Mr. Sterling is being frank in expressing that just because he “owns” some talented “nigras” who make him money on the basketball court, does not mean he sees them as equals—just chattel as in the golden age of U.S. slavery.
This, and similar incidents in recent days has clarified much for us: Post racial means to some people, can go back to the good old days when you could call a spade a spade—or something else—and no one would be upset.
L.A. CLIPPERS OWNER TO GF:
DON’T BRING BLACK PEOPLE TO MY GAMES …
Including Magic Johnson
L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling told his GF he does NOT want her bringing black people to his games … including Magic Johnson … and it’s ALL on tape.
TMZ Sports has obtained audio of Sterling making the racist declaration during a heated argument on April 9th with V. Stiviano … after she posted a photo on Instagram posing with Magic.
Sterling rails on Stiviano — who ironically is black and Mexican — for putting herself out in public with a black person (she has since taken the pic down). But it doesn’t end there. You have to listen to the audio to fully grasp the magnitude of Sterling’s racist worldview. Among the comments:
— “It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?” (3:30)
— “You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it on that … and not to bring them to my games.” (5:15)
— “I’m just saying, in your lousy f******* Instagrams, you don’t have to have yourself with, walking with black people.” (7:45)
— “…Don’t put him [Magic] on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. And don’t bring him to my games.” (9:13)
Sterling has a documented history of allegedly racist behavior — he’s been sued twice by the federal government for allegedly refusing to rent apartments to Blacks and Latinos.