So the owner of the Clippers, Donald Sterling, said some awful things in private and now he is under fire. I do not condone what this dope said, but there are some things nagging, really nagging at me:
What happened to privacy? I guess Big Brother is officially watching!
Has anyone ever ever ever said anything in private that may be insulting to someone? If not, throw the first stone then!
Did anyone think about the overall repercussions of releasing this story? Forget the old man, who is obviously senile, but think about the damage this has done to the fans and the players. Does the media ever think about anything before running rampant with hateful stories like this???
In other words, what was the point to blast this everywhere? Did it do more harm than good?
I for one think the man’s comments were insane, but man if we were all judged by the dumb things we have said and done over the years, we all may be thrown in jail, fined, banned from one place or another, or Heaven forbid guilty of “hate crimes.”
Okay, so the latest is he is now banned from the NBA and will be fined millions of dollars. Love it! Does this mean that new standard will be applied to anyone (players, coaches, public figures, fans) who utters racial comments whether in the privacy of their home, on the sidelines, at practice, God forbid in their head, in a public setting, etc. will be banned (and I am talking about from anything and everything) as well. Don’t forget about homophobic comments, derogatory comments against women, antisemitic comments, et al!!!!!
But no, we know that’s not the case. Anyone remember Jesse Jackson referring to NYC as Hymietown? Has he been banned from anything? What about Al Sharpton? What about Reverend White … nah, I don’t think so. And then Snoop Dogg has something to say? Really Snoop, ever listen to your own lyrics about women and other black people?
Or how about this one: “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” Biden said. “I mean, that’s a storybook, man.” [please see http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/01/31/biden.obama/ for full story where this quote was obtained] How come good ole Joe wasn’t banned from Politics???
Oh, and who could forget when Harry Reid predicted that Obama could become the country’s first black president because he was “light-skinned” and had “no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one”????
There is enough racism do go around, that’s for sure. But let’s be consistent about it and ban anything and everyone who has ever said anything hateful about anyone!
Oh, and I saw Michael Jordan commented on how disgusting Sterling’s comments were … like, hey, Jordan, love your contributions to basketball, but since when did you become a beacon of morality????
Who’s next to comment, Tiger?
I think it’s time to have a real conversation America and drop the fake indignation and look in the mirror …