The Good News about Racism in America

SterlingLet’s get the easy stuff out of the way:  Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team, is an old fool – a bigoted old fool to be precise. But despite what you may hear, he isn’t proof that racism is alive and well in America.  If he’s proof of anything, it’s just the opposite.

Everybody has come out against Sterling.  Has any one publicly stated that despite his comments, he should not be suspended?  Has anyone argued that he should be allowed to continue owning the Clippers?

No one has said anything like that.  And that so many Americans – of all races — have turned against him and his bigotry is a good thing.  That’s what’s missing from coverage of the Donald Sterling story.

And if you want to know how seriously we take Sterling’s racist remarks, consider this:  CNN has finally ended its non-stop coverage of the missing Malaysian jetliner and now is going all out on Sterling.

In a country of more than 300 million people there are always going to be some bigots.  But they’ve become outliers in our culture – outcasts, actually.

Yes, I’m sure there are some Sterling supporters lurking in the shadows.  But that’s good news too.  They’re in the shadows!  That’s not always how it was in America.  Once upon a time in this country, bigots didn’t hide.  And they didn’t apologize if they hurt anybody’s feelings, either.

If an athlete gets drunk, gets in his car, and kills somebody – this has actually happened in case you’re wondering – he may be suspended, but eventually he gets his job back.  If someone in the world of sports beats up his girlfriend or his wife, no one puts a scarlet letter on their forehead.  Racism is different.  It creates a furor that drunk driving and domestic abuse don’t.  That wouldn’t happen if we really were a racist country, as some would like us to believe.

Sterling, like Cliven Bundy, the Nevada cattle rancher who wondered if “Negroes” would be better off as slaves than on welfare, are yesterday’s people.  America has moved on.  We need to pay more attention to that.

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  • Wendell Phillips

    I agree that we have made a lot of progress on race. And, speaking as someone who usually votes Democrat but always strives not to let partisanship get in the way of what’s right, I would like to see that Mr. Goldberg, you are one of my favorite conservative commentators, and I admire you for condemning the racism of Bundy and Sterling. But I also think it is clear that racism is still a major problem in the U.S., not simply confined to a few extremists. Ann Coulter has defended poll taxes, literacy tests, the Confederate Flag, and the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens. Rush Limbaugh has told a black caller to “take that bone out of your nose,” and made racist comments about apartheid that can be found here (http://mediamatters.org/video/2007/08/23/limbaugh-claims-dems-interest-in-darfur-is-secu/139659) and here (http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/01/10/177350/-Limbaugh-Apartheid-No-Big-Deal). Michael Savage has defended racist junk science. Pat Buchanan has condemned Brown v. Board of Education. Dinesh D’Souza, Walter E. Williams and Ron and Rand Paul have called for anti discrimination laws to be repealed and hypocritically cited their supposed belief in small government as a reason while supporting big government policies to ban gay marriage. Williams has also defended racial profiling of African Americans and endorsed comments by Jon Hubbard that black people are better off because of slavery. In my home state of Georgia, our governor proclaimed Confederate History Month but balked at the idea of endorsing attempts to integrate still-segregated high school proms. Within the twenty-first century, both parties have had people with well-documented racism (Trent Lott, Robert Byrd, Strom Thurmond) in leadership positions in the Senate. There’s a lot less racism in America than there once was, but sadly, there’s still a lot of it. We’ve come a long way, but we still have a long way to go.

  • Rapper MC Jesus

    This article is an absolute joke. Are you kidding me? There are millions of people who don’t like Donald Sterling but also think he shouldn’t lose his job because he said he wasn’t a fan of black people. YOU’RE NOT A FAN OF BLACK PEOPLE. Nobody likes black people, not even black people and IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH SKIN COLOR YOU IGNORAMUSES.

    So Sterling should lose his job because he said he doesn’t like black people? Okay, why shouldn’t Obama lose his job because he associates with racists like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and his mentor Rev Wright? They hate white people and are VERY open about it but that’s okay right? Because black people are a protected species in this country right? They are so fragile and thin-skinned they can’t handle the fact not everyone wants to be like them, hang out with them, emulate their culture, etc. etc.

    Anyone who agrees with this article is an utter fool. Enjoy your hypocrisy, it will come back to probably kill you. If Sterling should lose his job because he doesn’t like black people then every NBA player should be mic’d up for eternity and if one of these athletes, regardless of skin color, says anything derogatory about any race they should be fined $2.5 million, removed from the league immediately, and the media should rip them a new one like they are doing for Sterling for at least an entire month. Boom.

  • Ryan Nichols

    “Orange is the new black” Mr. Obama bases this observation on the fact the House Speaker is getting criticism from Republicans, and he has tan skin (Orange skin) So Obama is furthering the narrative he’s been using for a while. That it’s racist to be critical of him. We are witnessing the worst presidency ever. As Obama proves again and again, he’s in over his head, he’s no leader.

    That’s the bad news about racism in America. Our leader uses race to divide Americans, and uses calls of racism to change the subject. Pathetic. .

    • Tim Bertram Black

      Orange isn’t a race you cretinous oaf. Was the joke that far over your head? Good lord… fish in a barrel…
      “derp… da pwesidint be way-cist.. uh huh, uh huh… see i stay curr-went… i am derp da derp de derp.”

      • Ryan Nichols

        Wow. I wasn’t the one who made a joke suggesting orange was a race. Nor did I suggest that someone orange is being treated like a black person because they’re criticized. I can see its not only over your head, but because your head seems to be wedged up your ass you are oblivious.

        Your post makes absolutely no sense. It’s as if you don’t give any thought before you speak. I’ll give you a tip. If you take issue with my take on the president’s comments, then maybe you’d find it constructive to clarify what he meant. When Obama says “Orange is the new black” . Enlighten us on why he’s making this observation.

        Because as of now, I’d find it hard to believe you’ve even hit puberty yet.

        • Tim Bertram Black

          Okay… it was at the correspondence dinner… it was a joke… I didn’t find it that funny but I don’t watch that show…
          See “Orange is the New Black” is a show I think on HBO… it is sort of a hit… so it is something a lot of americans would “get”… or as you might say “git”.
          The joke was almost univerally hailed THE joke of the night — but like I said… since I don’t care for the show… etc. Fox didn’t like it of course…
          In comedy, this is a form of misdirection — Boehner is orange because he gets cheap spray on tans…
          It’s a play on skin color… see Boehner is one of the most reviled congressmen in america — he IS THE fact of House… which has like a negative approval rating… boenher is being whipped like a red headed step child…
          I think you can see that their are many veils in the joke… race, a play on the tv show… the fact that boehner is orange b/c he’s cheap on his fake tans… a whole host of things.
          I don’t really take issue with ANY of you anymore — you are cretinous oafs that can’t listen… don’t understand what compromise means… and sit around stewing in your hatred of the country I LOVE… so, I’m sorta over you… all of you… natch! >wink<
          So now give me your hot screed about how blah blah nobody cares but people on this board… You are irrelevant.

          • Ryan Nichols

            Ya your explanation makes no sense. He said it because Boehner was being criticized by some on the right. Just as he sees criticism of him as racism, he attributed Boehner’s attacks as being about skin color. Now we all know that is not true, but the fact he said it jokingly shows a mindset that he believes he is criticized because of his race. It’s not the first time he has insinuated that. Even his attorney general said as much. The joke” was disgraceful. And so is the man who said it.

            You’re no better than that racist Bundy. Your prejudice is complete ignorance and intolerance. Not to mention your assumptions are incorrect. But you’re used to being incorrect, aren’t you.. Which is why you’re so angry, and in the safety of your little screen you insult other Americans. Knowing you don’t have to answer or even stand by any tantrum you throw. You son are a coward.

          • Tim Bertram Black

            Sweet! True he’s hated by his own party… but there is no honor amongst republicans… they see weakness or smell chum and the frenzy begins.
            You’ll take it as you will… Hey… did you know Nibiru is coming! Better stock up your apocalype supplies!

          • Ryan Nichols

            You see that is a big difference between the two parties. There is disagreement within the Republican party. There is debate, and differing opinions. Because on the right that is allowed.

            On the left opposing views are attacked. You’re required to carry the narrative of the party without any thought. Without any questions. You think that is a good thing. Which for the left it is. After all, how would the left operate under such hypocrisy if their loyal followers actually had their own opinions.

          • Tim Bertram Black

            Huh? The right is guns, flags, and religion… it is only a matter of degree. Heck, Rick Santorum ran on proposing a CONSTITUTIONAL amendment to ban sodomy! Wow… wouldn’t that look classy!

          • Tim Bertram Black

            by the way… sodomy includes blow jobs, buddy… huh, I wonder how he’d enforce that…

          • Ryan Nichols

            If you could only eliminate guns, flags, and religion. . And freedom. . Then you could sodomize when and where ever you want. Those poor little sheep, all that Tim Bertram Black sodomy.

  • Seph

    Why is Larry Johnson not banned for his racist comments?

    • sjangers

      He can’t be racist because he’s not rich…uh… hmmm… Yeah! He was misquoted… uh… or he’s a victim… Hang on there, Seph. We’ve got our people working on it.

      • Tim Bertram Black

        To some extent that is true… poor white trash americans listen to rush and billo and all you other corporate welfare cheerleaders and think — why do black people get to not do anything when I have to work?
        Of course it is a Big Lie… but you can forgive the vulnerable working man for seeking someone to blame for the absolutely horrible state they are in. Rush and Glenn and Billo etc. give them a ready poster child to blame — the generationally poor black folks!
        Don’t blame the disease, blame the symptom!– and at the same time get poor people to vote with the 1%’rs and Republicans by playing on the working man’s sense of fairness.
        Working folks don’t get a pass… but it is easy to understand some of their feelings because of the way Corporate Media manipulates their feelings. And entices them to hate The Other.
        You play right into it, too — because you’ve drank the kool-aid. To you — it is US vs. them… to liberals we’re all americans… poor, rich, white, black, etc.
        When the top x people own as much wealth as the rest of the world combined… something is wrong… But your keepers tell you it is “class envy”… it isn’t about fairness. It isn’t about a bank paying a teller so little that the teller has to be on food stamps — where the tax payer is basically making up for the slack because the rich make the laws…. so if they can get us to pay half the wage for their workers… all the more $100 bills to light their cigars with.

        • sjangers

          “to liberals we’re all americans… poor, rich, white, black, etc.”

          I think you’re a little confused, TBB. I’ve known quite a few liberals. I live surrounded by them. Some are good friends of mine. That statement of yours isn’t consistent with the behavior of the people I know.

          Liberals have their own “us versus them” mentality. It just that with liberals there are different “them”s and different “us”es. You guys spew your own forms of hate; entice some to hate others; use those hates to achieve your own selfish objectives.

          One of the main reasons I ended up in the moderate-to-conservative range of the political spectrum is because I got to know the liberal mind quite well when I was young and knew I couldn’t stand the hypocrisy of associating myself with people whose behaviors were so different from the values they espoused.

          • Tim Bertram Black

            Didn’t I reply to this already? must have been removed or something. Your friends sound like bad people.
            Your dad indoctrinate you to what you are now. THink for yourself.

          • sjangers

            My philosophy is what it is because I do think for myself. Otherwise it would have been pretty easy to just go along with the rest of the folks around here.

            I didn’t get my politics from my father. He wasn’t particularly political. I had to do the work on my own, but I’m satisfied with the results.

          • Integrity

            sjangers, don’t you find it a bit ironic that he claims that you were indoctrinated and you can’t think for yourself while telling people, who have not been brainwashed in the same manner that he has, that they are essentially an idiot? Keep spreading the love TBB! Kill them with kindness in lieu of an assault weapon. That will win them over to your way of thinking. Or, was that ever your intent? QED

          • sjangers

            It’s a pretty typical liberal reaction, Integrity. If you don’t think like them then there must be something wrong with your thinking. “Open-minded” people apparently can’t see beyond the narrow limits of their own thought process.

          • Tim Bertram Black

            Yeah, pretty much. There is nothing i could ever say to rethink your positions on anything — because you only see and hear things that support your point of view. You’re on this site to reinforce what you believe already — not to learn.
            I’ve read a lot of really nasty things on hear — and not a single one has been backed up. I at least give examples, information, reasoning, etc. All you talk about is me and the fact that I’m a liberal.
            The racism, politics, fears, religions of your parents were passed on to you.

          • sjangers

            You’re projecting. TBB. If you couldn’t get anything out of your time here it’s because you made absolutely no effort.

          • Jeff Webb

            >>I’ve read a lot of really nasty things on here — and not a single one has been backed up. I at least give examples, information, reasoning, etc.<<

            What examples have you given to back up your accusations of racism?

          • mcveen

            When nothing else works, play the race card, right? Or, try to label those that disagree as ignorant or too religious? You have just clearly demonstrated liberal thought and values there social boy. No further comment necessary.

        • Jeff Webb

          Tim, one can only hope you can do better than talking points and caricatures. Stop embarrassing yourself.

          • Tim Bertram Black

            Talking points? Huh? I’m sure you don’t understand at all — I’m not giving you credit don’t get me wrong… But your brain is like cement — nothing can seep into it. You’ve shielded it completely from any discussion let alone argument– any agument that has a single premise that contradicts your way (rush’s way probably) of thinking.
            You are so imprisoned by how you were raised (likely) or what you’ve chosen to brand into your brain via hate radio that you might as well be a robot.
            A liberal’s way of thinking is always open to change — that’s how we learn. Science is constantly look for the truth; education is a GOOD thing — it isn’t east coast elitism to be smart. It also isn’t cool to play dumb — despite the free beers your fellow ditto heads buy you for conforming.

          • Jeff Webb

            >>Talking points? Huh?<>A liberal’s way of thinking is always open to change<> To you — it is US vs. them… to liberals we’re all americans… poor, rich, white, black, etc.<>your brain is like cement — You’ve shielded it completely from any discussion let alone argument–
            any agument that has a single premise that contradicts your way (rush’s
            way probably) of thinking.
            You are so imprisoned by how you were
            raised (likely) or what you’ve chosen to brand into your brain via hate
            radio that you might as well be a robot.<<

            Sugar, seek help–you've contracted some sort of ailment making you talk down to people far more intelligent than you.

          • Integrity

            Jeff, you better be careful. He might declare you dead to him. QED

          • Tim Bertram Black

            I never said that the “rich have too much money”.
            I don’t consider republicans to be Americans.
            I listen to what the right has to say — I just find 99% of it to be bull.

          • Jeff Webb

            >>I never said that the “rich have too much money”<>I don’t consider republicans to be Americans. I listen to what the right has to say — I just find 99% of it to be bull.<<

            See, you say something like that, and seems your "brain is like cement — You've shielded it completely from any discussion etc. etc. etc."

            Run along now, precious. The Kerry's, Buffett's, and all the other everyday folk are waiting for you at the Average Working-Class Democrats Organization's $3,000-per-plate dinner at the Kennedy Compound.

          • Tim Bertram Black

            The founding fathers deeply concerned about the upward concentration of wealth. I’m glad that you are okay with it.
            Obama killed them at the WHCD… He joked Fox News that they shouldn’t be too happy about him leaving office… it will be a lot harder convincing the american people that Hillary is Nigerian…

          • Jeff Webb

            >>The founding fathers deeply concerned about the upward concentration of wealth. I’m glad that you are okay with it.<>Obama killed them at the WHCD…<<

            Yeah, his joke might've been funny if FNC's official position was BO was Nigerian.

          • Tim Bertram Black

            I said it is a problem. It is a problem for every one of us. I don’t know what the solution is. Republicans and the right certainly aren’t making discussing it very easy. The left of course gets labelled as class warriors or wealth enviers or income redistributers to even broach the subject. Full time bank tellers on welfare? Can’t you see? We’re giving tax money to them; but it is only to augment to what the banks should be paying in the first place.
            There is no way a single one of you will understand this. I’ve mentioned it before and received the typical screeds against liberals and smart people.
            If anything sinks in… I hope this does. But there is absolutely no way it will.

          • Jeff Webb

            >>I said it is a problem. It is a problem for every one of us.<> Republicans and the right certainly aren’t making discussing it very easy.<>The left of course gets labelled as class warriors or wealth enviers or income redistributers to even broach the subject.<>Full time bank tellers on welfare? Can’t you see? We’re giving tax money to them; but it is only to augment to what the banks should be paying in the first place.<>There is no way a single one of you will understand this. I’ve
            mentioned it before and received the typical screeds against liberals
            and smart people.<<

            Then it must really suck that your arguments are being shot down by a guy who isn't as smart as you.

          • Tim Bertram Black

            –I didn’t say it was all the GOP.

            –Yes– house republicans specifically.

            –Liberals not only SAY they care about the workingman but they put their actions where their mouths are. Do some liberals speak like idiots and cloud the issue: certainly.

            –Liberals don’t have a solution. I’ve said that over and over… any solution will come from the left (natch!) but that won’t happen as long as broaching the subject is the equivalent to having sex with an orangutan in public. (no, not a boehner jab).

            –Studio workers are unionized. Michael is a friend of the working man. Your closed mind just can’t fathom anything that rush or your dad didn’t pound into you.

            –You didn’t shoot down anything — you just asked a series of random and idiotic questions back to me. That ain’t an argument, Plato.
            This is sort of tiresome… Helen Keller wasn’t as closed off from reality as you are.

          • Jeff Webb

            Your post attacked Reps, didn’t mention Dems at all. Yeah, nice objectivity.

            >>Liberals not only SAY they care about the workingman but they put their actions where their mouths are.<>Liberals don’t have a solution. I’ve said that over and over… any
            solution will come from the left (natch!)….<>You didn’t shoot down anything — you just asked a series of random and
            idiotic questions back to me. That ain’t an argument, Plato.<<

            And you accuse others of being thick-headed and unable to understand. lol

          • Tim Bertram Black

            You aren’t tracking. This is like arguing with a drunk guy in a bar with puke in his beard.
            Okay big fella… you drive safe, now.

          • Jeff Webb

            I don’t expect you to agree with me anymore than I with you, but your little game of ignoring my responses ain’t selling. If you don’t want your weak cliche’s refuted, post them somewhere else.

            I’m done with you, Pookie.

          • Integrity

            TBB reminds me of the Black Knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Be careful, he might bleed on you. I am actually starting to pity him. QED

          • Jeff Webb

            “‘Tis but a scratch!”

          • mcveen

            Why should you use the words ‘liberal’ and ‘smart’ in the same sentence? Liberal stupidity is destroying America! Wake up man.

          • loupgarous

            “Hey, Nigerian, Kenyan, all those kaffirs look alike, right?”

            Bigotry is so much funnier when a soi-disant liberal does it.

          • loupgarous

            “I don’t consider republicans to be Americans. ”

            So you’re divesting them of their citizenship, a la “Man Without a Country,” for the crime of not having your political views. Aren’t you a regular Mao Zedong!

          • Franklyn Douglas

            Im curious Jeff. Are you saying that the RIGHT don’t use Talking Points as you have defined them? Both sides do it.

          • Jeff Webb

            TBB didn’t post a comment–he posted a lazy rant using cliches and stereotypes meant to insult conservatives, not discuss anything of substance with them. That was my point.

            I won’t dispute what you said about the right, especially with people like Hannity out there, but with liberals it’s the norm, not the exception.

        • mcveen

          Tim, your argument is well rehearsed and follows the thin truth gambit but ultimately fails due to your claim re: liberal sensibilities. You know, I know, and everyone capable of free intellectual thought knows that the current brand of progressive liberalism in America, i.e., Democrat party, is a very rigid collective in which no deviation from your idols of big gov’t, homosexuality, weirdness, and the routine trashing of the traditional values that formed this country, is not tolerated. It’s gonna take a while to repair the damage your Democrats have done. I only hope we have enough time.

        • Ryan Nichols

          To the liberals we’re all just Americans? What are you smoking? Liberals invented division, segregation, and intolerance. As well as their invention of Kool aid. Look at the most liberal cities. The left loves to say they are for minorities, they are for equality, they are for the poor. But look at their cities they’ve had decades long unopposed control. Look at Detroit. Look at Chicago. And tell me what the left has done to help anyone.

          And btw. The top x people own as much as the world combined? What? You’re just making this stuff up lol. Oh sure the right blames black people. Lol. You’re insane.

  • brickman

    I agree with this article but I wonder what Bernie thinks of the effort of people like Rush Limbaugh and National Review to paint Sterling as a Democrat. A falsehood as it turns out. Wouldn’t it be better if the media (right wing, in this case) checked out FACTS before trying to score brownie points.

    • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

      It’s easier to determine who an individual donated money to (simple Google search) than it is their party affiliation.

      When it was found that all of his donations went to Democrats, there was a natural assumption that he was a Dem. They certainly jumped the gun, but I don’t think it was part of a conscious effort to deceive. The assumption did indeed leave some egg on their faces.

      To me, political affiliation has nothing to do with the story anyway.

      • brickman

        The organization that found out the truth found out by actually checking with the LA County registrar’s office. That doesn’t seem like such a novel idea. It should have occurred to people BEFORE they reported the error. I don’t know if there was an effort to deceive. I believe that the Drudge’s and Limbaugh’s found info that fit their world view and ran with it. It’s carelessness driven by ideology. I agree with you that political affiliation has nothing to do with the story. I just marvel at the people who thought that it did matter when they thought Sterling a Democrat.

        • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

          >>It should have occurred to people BEFORE they reported the error.

          I don’t disagree.

          >>I just marvel at the people who thought that it did matter when they thought Sterling a Democrat.

          It’s because the left is always so desperate to tie the Republican party to loathsome individuals, whether it be racists or even homicidal maniacs like Jared Loughner. This rightfully irritates the hell out of conservatives, who are eager to return the favor.

          Personally, I think someone’s campaign contributions tell you more about their political leanings that what they’re registered as. Lots of people change their political views over time and never bother to register with a different party. But as I said before, this story has nothing to do with politics.

          • legal eagle

            and how are 20 year old political contributions relevant?

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            They’re not relevant. Just like him being a registered Republican isn’t relevant.

          • brickman

            You are right. But Rush’s and Drudge’s and National Review’s smearing of Sterling as a Democrat is still going unexplained. You would think that in the light of the Mann vs. Steyn matter that NRO would be more careful. After Shirley Sherrod embarassed them you would think that they do what every 4th grader does before presenting a paper in class. Their homework!!

          • legal eagle

            Embarrassed? Do you think NRO, Limbaugh or Drudge give a crap about being embarrassed?

          • brickman

            They are embarrassed enough to have stopped talking about it.

          • loupgarous

            The misidentification (only you’re calling it “smearing,” which indicates you find Democrat voter registration as repulsive an error as many others do) of Sterling as a Democrat HAS been explained, many times, most tellingly in a neutral Internet venue, politico.com (see http://www.politico.com/story/2014/04/donald-sterling-made-donations-to-dems-106079.html)

          • loupgarous

            because they show that whatever Sterling did politically, supporting Republicans wasn’t it. Who knows why he didn’t change his party registration when he decided liberalism would get him more naches.

          • brickman

            So Donald Trump’s a liberal democrat? :)

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            Considering how much damage he did to the right with that Birther nonsense, he might be. lol.

          • loupgarous

            He’d count at least as a RINO with many Republicans.

          • loupgarous

            Senator Lowell Weicker (R, Conn) went so far beyond being a RINO that I was stunned when I learned his actual party affiliation. His Senate votes were actually to the left of most of the DEMOCRATS there.

            Senator Joseph Lieberman, “Independent Democrat,” also of Connecticut, carried that state’s tradition of party counter-intuitiveness on proudly. Even when Hillary Clinton’s hand-picked rich kid ran on the Democrat ticket against Lieberman, Connecticut voters re-elected the Democrat that other states’ Democrats candidly hate.

    • semmy

      I lived in L.A. for twenty years and I always assumed Sterling was a Democrat simply for the causes and candidates he supported, as well as the people who supported and associated with him. If he truly is a Republican, I had no idea.

      • brickman

        You should be aware of Felix Unger’s opinion on assuming.

        • Josh

          Although this is tacked on directly to you, it’s to whomever it may concern.

          What makes someone a Republican or Democrat?

          It’s a question I often ask a lot of my friends within the skeptic community, most of whom are definitely diehard liberals.

          According to them, it’s the way a person votes. Giving money, being registered, etc, isn’t anything but nothing if you’re ticking the opposite letter on the card.

          This is how they typically carry it when it involves the right-wing; i.e. every nutter and their brother who votes Republican instantly becomes right-wing. Though they scream and cry about that standard when I apply it to them. For instance, when they call themselves the party of science, and I remind them that dolphin-channelers, tree-huggers, healing-crystal-users, Fukushima-sensationalists, and other types are Democrats by that same standard, it typically goes, “Yeah, well….but, it’s not the same.”

          Is there a standard to determine a person’s politics once and forever? Or are people more liquid than we give them credit for?

          If the Rushs of the world want so badly for every schmoe dragged through public mud to hold an opposite ideology, maybe they should forge some documentation and put more effort into it.

          • brickman

            Last election I voted for 8 Republicans and 5 Democrats, they all won. Every single person who I’ve voted for President has won the popular vote. I started in 1972. I don’t know what I am but the people that I vote for are called the winners of elections.

          • loupgarous

            And we’re sure they burn joss sticks to you every night in gratitude for your indispensable support.

        • loupgarous

          semmy was “paying attention.” Sterling is on record as saying “The Israelis treat their blacks like garbage,” when in fact, the Mossad and Israeli Navy and Air Force spent over a year evacuating Ethiopian Jews from almost certain persecution and death. That’s not the only Sterlingism that marks him as an old-line liberal.

          Sterling’s long record of financing Democrat candidates http://www.politico.com/story/2014/04/donald-sterling-made-donations-to-dems-106079.html also made it very easy to confuse him with a Democrat.

    • Seph

      Irrelevant. The Dems have Al Sharpton… one of the biggest racists in America.

      • brickman

        So every one else can lie?

        • loupgarous

          So where were you when Al Sharpton made all his money fanning racism among his “flock”? The point Seph makes is that racism only seems to matter when it’s a white person speaking. Otherwise, the press and liberals pretend it doesn’t exist – the 21st century version of “A Gentleman’s Agreement” in which everyone just agreed to ignore anti-Semitism. Now it’s prejudice against people of a pinkish-tan color the press and many in power are ignoring. When and where are you and your friends speaking out on the “knockdown game” – violent racism directed at whites and other racial groups by gangs of African-Americans?

          • brickman

            Where was I when Sharpton started? I was convincing Black friends that he wasn’t a voice for civil rights but a voice to make himself rich and famous. Some came to or were already convinced of my point. After all they were from the neighborhoods that he started in. Funded by grants earmarked by Republicans in Congress. His biggest funder when he ran for President was Republican Roger Stone.

            Sharpton’s first foray into media fame was an effort to discredit Mario Cuomo before a potential Presidential run. I didn’t use him likeyou do to excuse white racism.

          • loupgarous

            I have nothing but contempt for Sterling’s or any other racism. I do note, however, that when Sterling said “black guys” twice in a private phone call, the streets did not fill up with murderous sociopaths ready to kill and maim “for Trayvon.” That was Sharpton’s work.

    • loupgarous

      Read http://www.politico.com/story/2014/04/donald-sterling-made-donations-to-dems-106079.html, Burgess Everett’s article in politico.com showing Sterling’s long history as a contributor to Democratic politicians across the country. A Republican in more than name MIGHT give money to LOCAL Democratic politicians who might otherwise impede his business or social life. But this guy was giving money to Bradley in New Jersey and Leahy in Vermont.

      While I bow to no one in my contempt for Limbaugh’s fact-finding skills (he once asked a listener on the phone if “raghead” was an affectionate term for members of the Marine Corps during the First Gulf War), he could be forgiven this time for confusing Sterling with an old-line Democrat. If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and writes big checks like a duck…

  • Hammockbear

    Racism should not exist. If more people would change their thoughts, they would see the world in a kinder way. Donald Sterling is the new Poster Boy for his bad choice of verbal spouts. The swift actions against him illustrate the majority of the people’s zero tolerance for such negative and mean spirited rant.

    • loupgarous

      Which majority of the people, Hammockbear? All I’ve seen so far is NBA owners terrified of losing their franchise players and their OWN NAACP Lifetime Achievement awards, plastic politicians, including POTUS, and the usual brain-dead gaggle of chatterers to the press speak out. Oh, and ten of the cravenest corporate sponsors in America.

      • Hammockbear

        Don’t you have any friends or business associates that feel free to speak about news? This is not a democrat vs. republican situation. This is about race as in skin color. Don’t fool yourself into thinking everything revolves around a persons political choice. Wealthy corporate sponsor attack speaks for all nationalities. The intelligent people everywhere, do not believe in the negative use of language against others.

        • loupgarous

          My friends and associates agree with me that Sterling’s a dim-witted Neanderthal. None of us are racist or approve of racism. That doesn’t absolve the press or the chattering classes for enabling a scorned courtesan who used them to settle personal accounts with the Sterling family. This is a lot less about righteous outrage than faux outrage to enable a harlot to pay the Sterling family back for trying to recover her ill-gotten gains, and the people who have their own even more racist reasons to covet Sterling’s NBA franchise.

          • Hammockbear

            Very informative, thanks. Believe I am seeing a different view of this. I grew up in a media family and was always taught that media are to report the news as fact and Never with Spin.

          • loupgarous

            I agree with you on that, for what it’s worth. When I took journalism class in high school (I wrote for the school newspaper, too), we were taught the Canons of Journalism. Who among journalists today even knows of them, much less practices them?

          • Franklyn Douglas

            So only Rappers make money off rap music ? Who do you think own the major companies that the rappers are signed to ? And as a 47 year old black man that does not listen to as much rap as I used to. I still don’t hear rappers spewing racism in the songs that I do hear. I guess your generalizing.

            And you have the research to back up this statement ?

            -not one of them has done anything to repent of racism against the people they say they hate,

            Where is this rap song or this community of rappers that are putting out all these snogs saying they HATE ?

            Or are you just throwing something out there and not expecting anyone to challenge you on it ?

          • loupgarous

            http://www.tightrope.cc/rap.htm has a wide selection of racist rap lyrics. And if the rappers aren’t making a lot of money doing it, then why? Love and harmony? No.

            It’s because one of the sick,.racist, violent subcultures in America costing innocent people their lives just happens to be friends of yours.

          • Franklyn Douglas

            I will keep this short. You used a WHITE POWER WEBSITE as the reference point for your arguments. That tells me and hopefully any clear thinking person all we need to know about you and your views.
            I choose not to engage you any further. Nothing I could ever say would probably open your eyes or your mind to differing views. I`d wish you Good Luck with the WHITE POWER movement, but I`d be lying.

          • loupgarous

            Franklyn, the nature of the Web site collating the lyrics simply tells me that no one else is interested in reproducing that crap on THEIR Website. If you can show me that the lyrics aren’t as represented, that the songs aren’t paeans to racist hatred and violence, you’d have a point. As it is, extremist racist groups get a total pass on documenting white racism. That you ignore all of THAT tells me everything we need to know about YOUR reasons for pretending rappers don’t make big bucks promoting racism and violence in their lyrics.

  • FloridaJim

    Donald Sterling is a fool and a womanizer who said things to his mistress who taped them for publication later. A whore talking as it were. What Sterling says is terrible but many say terrible things without losing their companies. If this is the standard Magic Johnson, Obama, Sharpton, Jackson and most people have said things in confidence that would lose their companies if known by the media or others. This is a slippery slope if there ever was one. We have become like the gestapo where your neighbors turned in the people they disliked because they could. Oddly enough when Al Gore was fondling his maid the media jumped from the story not to the story.

    • loupgarous

      While when the Governator did it, the press had them some fun.

  • sgthappyg

    I don’t know if the recent turn of events really is “good news about racism.” It is good to see racism on the ropes as Mr. Goldberg has stated but I am not really comfortable with this witch-hunt that I am watching unfold. Fined $2.5 million, banned for life from the NBA?? Okay – but if we are going to go down this road, it needs to be equally applied. I don’t recall Jesse Jackson being banned for life from anything when he made his anti Jewish remarks in the 1980′s. The professor that made the comment about God being a white racist was not fined $2 million for her remarks last year, And will the Federal Judge that threw out the Wisconsin voter ID law be charged with racism and banned for life from making other silly judicial decisions. Face it: if a law is thrown out because the Federal government doesn’t think minorities are able to get an ID, that means the Federal government doesn’t think minorities are equal. Which makes the Federal government…. Racist.

    • legal eagle

      What would you ban Jesse Jackson from?……LOL

      • loupgarous

        Wearing the title “Reverend.” It isn’t usually used to refer to extortionists.

  • John Burtis

    Obama, despite foolishly jumping the so called “gun”when he accused a Cambridge cop of acting “stupidly” when he arrested the world famous Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., at his home back in July of 2009 because the professor was totally out of line, is still lecturing every one of us on race, as if he is able to perceive my views and those of my friends, neighbors, and former law enforcement associates through some sort of a private lens.

    As late as January of this year, the Obama administration made clear that it views the incredibly wide racial disparities in student discipline rates, which exist in virtually all primary and secondary school system as the result of the culture of color, where we end up with pimping, rapes, larcenies, drugs, thefts of all types, protection rackets, and racial attacks, besides truancy, as unacceptable. Again, the onus falls on hard working folks who are now ordered, through their federal monies, to correct a system they cannot control without giving a free pass to multitudes of miscreants and rowdies who will further disrupt our failing educational system.

    Similarly, the same Obama outfit wearing a different hat, fresh from tongue-lashing you, me, school administrators, and cops, all for doing our best in this current mad house of federal mirrors which this so called “Ivy Leaguer” has created and through which he views us and our institutions, is now flooding the nation with the flotsam from our prisons. But we are not to worry, no siree. The 60 or 70,000 being shown the door in this massive criminal release program, are merely drug dealers, pimps, burglars and other poor non-violent ne’er-do-wells who have nearly finished their sentences and deserve, much like those who enter our country illegally, to be given a break because their crimes, though on the books, Sure ‘n Begorrah, weren’t really the violent rapes and robberies and the other vicious criminal activities we need to blind ourselves to in our schools and in our burgeoning illegal alien population. Yep, they’re your nice crooks and junkies we should have rooming at grandma’s house.

    The dangerous incomprehensible idiocy of this Democrat presidential administration is absolutely stultifying.

    • legal eagle

      More bigotry and hatred from a new source of ignorance…

      • John Burtis

        Sure my good man. May a dozen of these newly released drug dealers and burglars surround your home where you may welcome them to your neighborhood with your house keys to show them your belief that bigotry and hatred are dead.

        • legal eagle

          You are aware that paranoia is treatable? LOL

          • Jeff Webb

            Say, how’s that proof that FNC displays racism daily coming?

          • legal eagle

            See O’Reilly v. Beyoncé Knowles….

          • Jeff Webb

            We’ve been over this before, LE. YOU made the claim, so at the very least explain what was racist on O’Reilly’s part, or provide a link.

            And remember, you said it happened EVERY DAY. In your world, does one isolated example (if it actually is an example) cover that? Because in the real world, so far you’re just a craven little liar who doesn’t know when to shut up.

            So take your pick: do you have proof or were you lying?

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            My guess is that Legal accidentally deleted the email on O’Reilly/Beyonce before reading it. Thus, he only remembered that it had something to do with racism, based on seeing the subject listed in his inbox.

            Poor guy. Like I said before, going rogue isn’t his strong-suit. He needs direction.

          • legal eagle

            O’Reilly is playing the race card because he is attacking a black entertainer, Beyoncé Knowles, for the same “conduct” as white entertainers he makes little if any comment about….

            Perhaps if O’Reilly attacked Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry with regularity I, and many others, would he is obsessed with race.

          • sjangers

            Whoa, whoa, whoa, Eagle. So if someone attacks white people for conduct and fail to attack other groups for the same conduct, are they playing the erase card?

          • legal eagle

            The basis of his attacks are silly…..O’Reilly is a performer….His attacks are calculated to appeal to his old and white demographic….

          • sjangers

            His commentary may or may not be deliberate in its intent. I think he may just be expressing his own feelings about cultural changes that have been taking place in this country for decades; you know, ‘old white men longing for the good old days’.

            For many of us, despite shortcomings, the environment we grew up in did make sense and offered a reasonable social structure for growth and progress. The dramatic changes we’ve witnessed over the past forty or fifty years, while they have addressed some of the shortcomings that existed in our society, don’t appear to bode well for future cultural cohesion. I think it entirely possible that O’Reilly is just expressing that sentiment in his own bad-addled way.

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            If anyone still needs an explanation as to why Legal Eagle posts here using a handle instead of his actual name, I present to you his above comment.

            Pure idiocy, for which he is understandably too embarrassed to associate his name with. What a coward.

          • Chuck H.

            He’s a racist, obviously since he is slamming only white people.

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            lol.

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            If Legal Eagle doesn’t like them, the answer is yes. If he does like them, the answer is no.

          • sjangers

            So he’s flexible. That can be a good quality in a gymnast.

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            Do you have any idea how many white entertainers he’s “attacked” over the years, legal? Spend a little time on YouTube and educate yourself. Start with Sean Penn and Tim Robbins, and work your way down the list.

            The mere fact that you’re saying O’Reilly hasn’t “attacked” Miley Cyrus is just more proof that you don’t actually watch his show. He’s been far more critical of Cyrus than he’s ever been of Beyonce.

            The difference here, is that white-guilt-stricken liberals like yourself are far more sensitive about a non-liberal criticizing a black person than a white person. Why? Because you look at someone like Beyonce, and the first thing you think of is the color of her skin – not her character. So the criticism somehow isn’t about her character to you… It’s about her skin color.

            You’re the same way with Obama.

            Why don’t you clear your conscience once and for all and tell us what terrible, racist act you committed in your past that you’re trying to seek atonement for? There has to be one. There’s no other explanation for such lunacy.

          • Jeff Webb

            Now that we’ve gotten your swing & miss out of the way, let’s have you start naming some actual examples of racism.
            In case you forgot, you said the racism happens EVERY DAY (I’ll even copy & paste it for you if you like), so you go ahead now and name just one per day so we’ll know you’re not lying.

      • Chuck H.

        so you’re calling someone a bigot and a hater and ignorant without any proof. based on your comments above, isn’t that illegal? lol. Maybe you can enlighten us to these potentially defamatory statements. I hadn’t heard that John was accused of these things.

    • Franklyn Douglas

      Please refresh me on how Professor Gates was out of line. He was in his kitchen and had just proved to the cop that he was the owner of the house. I think it normal to be a bit pissed if after proving that you OWN the house, the Officer is still giving you a hard time. As I remember it….the Cop called Mr Gates off his porch into his yard and then arrested him for Disorderly Conduct. WTF is up with that. Get out of my damn yard once I prove to you that I did not break into the house.

  • joepotato

    As far as racists go… Soetoro aka Obama and Holdup have out-done the “Just-us Brothers”, Al (I hate crackers) Sharpton and Jesse (let’s riot) Jackson for the first place racist duo…. I hope you get that, NSA peepers….

  • Seven

    Oh, so many black folk hurt and upset over what this rich old white man said. My oh my, what is the big deal. Let’s see how much pain we can inflict on him now by making him pay millions of dollars? Where will they spend this ignorant mans money? Will they give it to the poor? Will they use it for treatment of those traumatized by ignorance? Get a life people! Get out and take a walk.

    • Tim Bertram Black

      I believe they are going to use this racist scumbag’s money for education. He is universally a rancid piece of scum. No one. Nobody is stepping up to his defense.
      I tried to empathize with him (liberal, so naturally)… but the fact that he is universally reviled… well. Sometimes the glass slipper just fits too comfortably.
      The good news is that people like him are disappearing: one funeral at a time. The even better news is that “better” people — that is, liberals — are being born every day. Eventually there will be no more of these scumbags around.

      • legal eagle

        “Only the good die young”
        Billy Joel
        1977
        LOL

      • sjangers

        “I tried to empathize with him (liberal, so naturally)… but the fact that he is universally reviled… well.”

        Interesting statement. Translated: ‘I tried to empathize (because I think I’m a good guy), but then no one else likes him so I couldn’t (so apparently I’m actually a sheep, cow, buffalo, lemming… take your pick)… well…’ So you’re really a sheep with an odd superiority complex. Fascinating. Shari Lewis would have known just what to do with you.

        “The good news is that people like him are disappearing: one funeral at a time… Eventually there will be no more of these scumbags around.”

        Hoping people you don’t like will die. Hmmm… Maybe you are a liberal after all. Congratulations.

        • Tim Bertram Black

          Who am I to give this guy any credit when he is universally reviled by everyone he’s ever met? To my knowledge — nobody is defending him. Who am I to do that? On face value he is despicable. At a deeper level every indication is that he is despicable as well. I was trying to walk a mile in his shoes — but I can’t do it… he’s just too alien for me.
          I’m not “hoping” people will die — good lord you aren’t tracking! I’m saying that the old ways change to the new ways by funerals and births. Racist, unenlightened diptards like this guy and Cliven are heading towards the grave– while at the same time, babies are being born into a more enlightened world where less and less of these people exist.
          Look at the wonderful social changes we’ve seen just under Obama! Imagine what the future will hold.

          • sjangers

            I’m not saying you should give Sterling any credit, TBB. I’m simply pointing out the contradictions- and potentially fatal logic error- in your various assertions.

            “I’m not “hoping” people will die — good lord you aren’t tracking!”

            Well, you did call it “good news” in your previous post. Perhaps it’s your tracking that needs adjustment.

  • Chris Matthewson

    Bernie says: “Everybody has come out against Sterling. Has any one publicly stated that despite his comments, he should not be suspended? Has anyone argued that he should be allowed to continue owning the Clippers? No one has said anything like that.”

    I predict that some of Bernie’s followers will say or strongly imply something exactly like that right here in these comments! When a conservative website repeatedly spouts extreme, unrelenting anti-Obama sentiment, it attracts nutjobs like a 1000-watt light bulb attracts moths and bugs.

  • Ace24

    I agree that Sterling is an idiot. As my grandpa said, “There’s no fool like an old fool.” But isn’t it a sad thing that this can happen: “If an athlete gets drunk, gets in his car, and kills somebody – this has actually happened in case you’re wondering – he may be suspended, but eventually he gets his job back. “

    • legal eagle

      Not if the athlete is in jail and the athlete normally faces a substantial fine….

  • D Parri

    Apparently, Cliven Bundy struggled to maintain his own personal world for a very long time. He chose to not follow the rest of the nation as it morphed into the civil rights activism / entitlement guaranteed / progressive liberal government–nation that we’ve now become.

    Donald Sterling and Cliven Bundy share this common thread: their personal standards and beliefs have not changed much since they were first acquired.

    Mr. Bundy’s comments are directly out of the script written for a generation that is seen today with great clarity as being bigoted and racist, but he was well within the norms of society 60-70 years ago.

    Cliven Bundy should have been more careful in speaking to reporters.

    Donald Sterling should have been more careful in speaking to his mistress.

    • Tim Bertram Black

      Well said. Someday, all these people will be 6 feet under. And what a world it will be then!
      A toast: To that day. >clink<
      The world changes one funeral at a time. And luckily for intelligence, it also changes with each birth: each young person that doesn't adopt the hate of his family. That turns the other cheek. That loves their enemy.
      Very well said my friend.

      • Jeff Webb

        Yeah, nothing says love for your enemy like toasting his death.

        • Tim Bertram Black

          I’m not an x-ian.

          • sjangers

            Does that mean you’re a 0-ian?

          • Tim Bertram Black

            Atheist of course… religion is myth… a holdover from a more unenlightened time… we’ve outgrown them. We don’t need them… If you were born in Riyadh… you’d be muslim (or muslin if you are a tea partier)… if you had been born in india, a bhakti religion perhaps… you get these myths from your family generally.
            Who worships Poseidon anymore… we know what causes storms now… so no need. But folks still need something to explain what happens when we die… all made up. The brain has centers that when activated give “religious experiences”… it evolved as a mechanism to give early man hope enough to thrive and was quite useful…

          • sjangers

            Religions have provided much socially-redeeming benefit as guides for human behavior over the millennia. That all contain some element of myth doesn’t mitigate against their value. Before dismissing all religion as “myth”, I’d consider whether or not mankind has evolved sufficiently to continue to progress absent the positive message and direction they provide.

          • Jeff Webb

            >>I’m not an x-ian.<<

            But you did in at least two posts indicate you were pro-love of enemy. So, you think it's a good thing, as long as you don't do it.

        • brickman

          I admit that I toasted the demise of bin Laden. Mao, Brezhnev, and Khomeini too.

        • Integrity

          It might take a little bit longer than he hopes since many of those liberals are being aborted. QED

    • TruthHurts

      Obviously, you can’t see past the surface and see the Cliven Bundy is not a racist, just inarticulate. His remarks did not denigrate blacks, it was just a poor analogy of their situation. He did not say or imply that he was better than them because of skin color. Sterling on the other had did.

    • loupgarous

      Neither man forfeited his civil rights for saying reprehensible things, nor should either of them have done so. Mr. Sterling retained his right to have V. Stiviano prosecuted for violating US law on divulging oral and electronic communications to third parties, but thanks to the most reprehensibly political Justice Department in American history, he’ll probably only have his day in court if he sues under the civil provisions of that Federal law.

      • D Parri

        I agree, these are troubling times for the American Justice System and it is all due to the leadership of the JD and up–straight to the WH.

  • D Parri

    Get ready for this. Goldberg is racist. Obama is racist. Sharpton is racist. ML King was racist. Pelosi is racist. Hairy Rude is racist.

    Even the birds and animals are racist. You won’t find eagles and hummingbirds nesting together, and I have never known dogs and cats to successfully mate.

    Treatment of one another by humans of various “races” is dependent upon many different factors, but the expectation that there will be no recognition or acknowledgement of our differences is a fool’s goal.

    Generally speaking, blacks prefer blacks and whites prefer whites. Latinos prefer Latinos and Asians prefer Asians. That is, or isn’t, a statement upon racism, depending entirely upon your viewpoint.

    Racial prejudice, to the point of denigrating or wishing harm upon someone strictly because of their race–and for no other reason–is ignorant, at best. However, denying the existence of racism without one modicum of acceptance as to its being part of our natural state, is just plain stupid.

    • Tim Bertram Black

      Huh… Obama is racist? That is just nuts my friend. Do you think he is “muslin” as well. ROFLMFAO….
      Ahh… you are special my friend… so very very special.

      • D Parri

        Obama is the most racist president this nation has ever had.

        • Tim Bertram Black

          err… (awkward)… you may want to open a book… take a class… study… maybe books on tape? community college classes? Obama isn’t racist.
          I beg you to inform me why Obama is a racist… because he is “muslin”?

          • D Parri

            No, he’s not a cloth. I.e., “muslin”.

          • Tim Bertram Black

            Give me specific examples to illustrate your point. SPECIFIC examples. The more you give me, the more I can refute. x

          • D Parri

            Ok, how about this one:

            Muslin
            a cotton fabric made in various degrees of fineness and often printed, woven, or embroidered in patterns, especially a cotton fabric of plain weave, used for …

            Now, refute that you said…

            I beg you to inform me why Obama is a racist… because he is “muslin”?

            Now, see how easy that is, you really are stupid.

          • sjangers

            But he is a fine muslin, D Parri.

          • D Parri

            O…k….. I guess I’ll have to concede that fact.

          • sjangers

            I think even Joe Biden said something to that effect.

          • Tim Bertram Black

            Oh… LOL… you didn’t get the reference. Hilarious…
            No, you said that Obama is the most racist president ever.
            Why? Because he’s black? Because he owns slaves? Because he hunted Seminoles in Florida? Why is Obama the most racist president ever? Just ask Rush the next time you call into his show.
            That is absolutely hilarious that you didn’t get the “muslin” reference…

          • sjangers

            Since D Parri had already seen a number of your incoherent posts, TBB, it was probably just natural to assume that “muslin” was all you.

          • Tim Bertram Black

            On behalf of our president and myself: we accept your apology.

        • legal eagle

          Are you off your meds again?….

          • D Parri

            @troll

            Legal Weasel, how nice of you to surface.

      • TruthHurts

        Tim, you’re so typically liberal with your underhanded remarks and putdowns. You can’t see that Obama has done so much to divide this country on racism and hasn’t missed an opportunity to race-bait a situation. People like you are the reason this country is going downhill so quickly.

        • Tim Bertram Black

          Give me specific examples to illustrate your point. SPECIFIC examples. The more you give me, the more I can refute.

        • Integrity

          Maybe he should open a book, like say, the Bible. I can’t prove it, but my guess is that Obama does not have a religion that he really believes in. QED

      • loupgarous

        “If I had had a son, he would look like Trayvon,” followed by a the dispatch of a Justice Department task force to coerce the state of Florida to try an Hispanic (who, presumably, Obama’s hypothetical son wouldn’t even slightly resemble) for defending himself during a mugging.

        Short of putting George Zimmerman in a concentration camp as Chalin Perez had built in Plaquemines Parish to house Freedom Riders, it’s difficult to see how Barack Obama and Eric Holder could have been any MORE racist.

        • Tim Bertram Black

          Oh, brother! Some people believe Obama is an alien reptilian shapeshifter, too. Really. A lot of people think that.

          You are close to being as loonie.

          The nation wanted the investigation — and the racist part of florida (north/panhandle) wasn’t going to do it.

          The comment about “his son” was called “empathy”… leaders do that sort of thing. It illustrates that they can put themselves into the other person’s shoes to try to feel or understand how they feel.

          And to you… fist bumps are gang signs… everything that enters your brain comes through the Fox News filter… and now you’ve lost the ability to think for yourself.

          “All seems infected that the infected spy, As all looks yellow to the jaundiced eye.” – Alexander Pope

          And so it goes.

        • Tim Bertram Black

          ah… you’re a dear one… cootchie-cootchie-coo… I got your nose! who got your nose? meeno-misser loupy-goose…
          [Conservative love that... calms them right down]
          he doe got noe pooty pants? yeah… booboo loupy-goosey goo ain’t got no pooty pants… like a BIG BOY… whoooze a big-boy? dat’s right… yooze a big ol booboo boy…
          [ etc. etc. ... their fatal weakness... they spend the rest of their lives trying to get back that infant joy... only to be destroyed in a world that isn't black and white -- but instead a BILLION TRILLION shades of gray they can't understand... nuance is their natural enemy... puts their brain into a divide by zero mode where all it can do is lash out at the shape that is confusing them]
          mookie moo? baby want die-dee kitty moe? more die-dee kitty? ah-za baby booboo die-dee kitty mouse…

  • Sam

    Can the NBA really suspend someone and fine them millions for something they said in a private conversation with their girlfriend? This seems tad odd. He’s a bigot but does he not have the right to be a bigot as long as his actions concerning his job don’t break any civil rights laws? They can fine him for what he thinks?

    • Chris Matthewson

      I previously wrote:
      “Bernie says: ‘Everybody has come out against Sterling. Has any one publicly stated that despite his comments, he should not be suspended? Has anyone argued that he should be allowed to continue owning the Clippers? No one has said anything like that.’

      “I predict that some of Bernie’s followers will say or strongly imply something exactly like that right here in these comments! When a conservative website repeatedly spouts extreme, unrelenting anti-Obama sentiment, it attracts nutjobs like a 1000-watt light bulb attracts moths and bugs.”

      Well, here’s one.

      • legal eagle

        You have that right….Some of the cultists on this site don’t have a clue…They are still living in the 1960′s waiting for Ozzie and Harriet to come on TV…

        • brickman

          Ozzie and Harriet were not racists.;)

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            I have to wonder what percentage of the people Legal routinely accuses of wanting us back in the 60′s even know who Ozzie and Harriet are. lol.

            Ironically, the only person on this website who I’ve ever seen write that they wish we were back in the 60′s was legal himself.

          • brickman

            When I was a kid growing up in the New Brunswick NJ area, Ozzie Nelson and Paul Robeson were the two Rutgers University grads universally admired. Ask Bernie, if you don’t believe me. I think he attended school there.

          • legal eagle

            Neither were David and Ricky…..LOL

    • Patrick

      Chris, before you call names, did you actually READ this post? Sam isn’t defending him, merely questioning the punishment for a conversation he had in his own house.

      Bet you’ve NEVER said a disparaging word in the privacy of your house, huh?

      • Tim Bertram Black

        The NBA is a private business that can do whatever the heck it wants to do… The fact that the dude seems troubled by that means he doesn’t understand some very key points of being a citizen. And might want to take a civics class at his local community college.

    • legal eagle

      The NBA is a private business that can do whatever it’s rules allow…The only thing odd is that you think it’s odd…

  • JBubs

    Bernie, I am still waiting for your retraction last week for the obtuse Cliven Bundy story. (Didn’t think so.) So, as much as you can call Donald Sterling a bigoted old fool, you are at least equal to him. You are a sanctimonious, hypocritical old fool. “Everybody has come out against Sterling”???? Give me a break. I AM COMING OUT FOR STERLING. Here’s why. In addition to the fact that your editor foolishly chose to picture this rich white “bigot” with a very African-American looking girlfriend, YOU seem to fail to recognize the difference between racism and racial preference. No difference you say? There is. Racism is animosity toward another race, or a sense of racial superiority over another race. The question here is why would a rich male racist choose a trans-racial girlfriend if he had animosity to her race and felt himself superior? Why would she choose him? Now here’s the real test, Bernie. You are a Caucasian looking fellow. Would you care to tally publicly the ratio of Caucasian to Black friends you have? How about Caucasian to Hispanic? How about Caucasian to Occidental? Fact is (all things being equal) you are like everyone –and I mean everyone else—in that they tend to associate more with people who physically resemble themselves, including the NBA Commissioner. That is demonstrating racial preference, not racism. Therefore, anyone who is quick to decry racism without hard evidence (see definition) is a hypocrite. At most Sterling is guilty of shoddy generalizations about the behavior of certain ethnic groups that resulted in his stupid remarks and dumb business decisions.

    • Chris Matthewson

      I previously wrote:

      “Bernie says: ‘Everybody has come out against Sterling. Has any one publicly stated that despite his comments, he should not be suspended? Has anyone argued that he should be allowed to continue owning the Clippers? No one has said anything like that.’

      “I predict that some of Bernie’s followers will say or strongly imply something exactly like that right here in these comments! When a conservative website repeatedly spouts extreme, unrelenting anti-Obama sentiment, it attracts nutjobs like a 1000-watt light bulb attracts moths and bugs.”

      Well, here’s another one.

      • JBubs

        Have you anything of substance to contribute to the discussion?

        • brickman

          I think the substance of his comment is easily understood.

    • Patrick

      Nothing original, eh Chris? Would you rather we all walk in lock-step with the PC police? Be sheep, not have an opposing thought without being childishly called names?

    • legal eagle

      Thanks for sharing your bigotry with the rest of us… Let’s hope your grandchildren aren’t exposed to this kind of crap…

      • JBubs

        Define “crap”.

        • legal eagle

          crap= hate and prejudice

          • JBubs

            OK. Now please show me where in my post I display racial hate and prejudice.

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            Is this an admission that you’re full of crap then, legal?

          • legal eagle

            It’s a statement that you are a right wing clown whose next original thought will be your first original thought…

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            Atta boy! Keep deflecting, and hoping that you’re making your DNC handlers proud.

      • Patrick

        Why not? As you said earlier, we have that right. Just as some have the right to call names and use cut-and-paste repeatedly.

  • rgcomega

    Nothing wrong with raking Sterling, he deserves it. Would appreciate the non-stop coverage but that’s the same as wishing an end to the global warming nonsense. I would feel more comfortable with the outrage if there was a reaction in equal measure when the likes of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Louis Farrakhan open their mouths about whitey, honkeys, crackers and detesting white people in general. Have never liked one way streets, paved or bigoted.

  • W

    Why is it that Black American’s can do and say what they want, but White Americans are held to a higher standard. You have closet racists like snoop dog using every foul word in the book publicly and no one says a word of condemnation, but let a white man say privately that he didn’t want his girl, who is Black, hanging around Magic Johnson, who has AIDS and all hell breaks loose. Apparently verbal lynching is now okay in America. And for all you people on the east coast who judge the rest of us, we are sick of the double standard.

    • linda garris

      Im on the east coast and I agree with you. Ive been called every rascist slur by people half my age and no one cares. I have bean beaten up,sexually assaulted,groped grabbed and more. All by black men. I took a mandatory english class at ccp in 1995. The instructor was a black woman with an agenda. Whites are rascists. I refuted rascism with every assignment. Our final research paper was on rascism. What else? Im half Jewish so I decided to write on anti semetism. I discovered Henry Ford was an anti semite and much more that my people suffered. Ford car dealerships had to hand out anti semetic literature or loose the dealership. But Jews chose education instead of retaliate. They stuck together. My grandfather brought allof our relatives from Hungary before hitler got to them. They made life better for their children. They stayed married,they didnt demand handouts. Now Obama wants them to redistribute their hard earned money. Just today,i found out the homes that were foreclosed on in huntington valley,pa(very desirable area with very high re taxes) are being given to black families . At a fraction of their value. So hard working whites loise a home,and its given to black families. Obamas america. Oh btw, this neighborhood is now experienc ng robberies and home invadions. Kids are bringing guns to school. Blatantly unfair. Hard work means nothing. These families dont deserve these himes. I cant affird that area. I worked hard my whole life. Obama agenda is to maje sure every neighborhood is integrated,even if good families must suffer. Remember when he took dealerships from white men whod spent years establishing them and gave them to young blacj guys. Enterprise did the same. If you work for it fine. But to take from one and just give to another. These arent hard working families. These are welfare people. The robberies have started. The problems in schools have started. Why? I guess just giving people stuff doesnt work. The upside for me? These people are leaving my area. Nice wirking hispanics are moving in and buying the homes. They arent being given them. Does this make me a rascist. Welfare people given beautiful homes in a beautiful once safe area that people worked hard for. They wanted their families out of philly and now they’ve lost everything as its handed to people who havent worked for it. I just dont understand.

  • Nicholas344

    Racism and prejudice are alive and well in America as with the rest of the world. Al Sharpton is proof of the influence of racism and the biased ignorant attacks on Clavin Bundy is proof of the attraction to temporal acceptable prejudice against recognition of reality. Nothing offers more pleasure for pride and vanity than righteous indignation directed against common sense.

  • Haaseline

    Penalty was correct for the stupid position he put himself in. With that being said the media has stayed away from what a floozie this girl is , and how girls like this are more scary than stupid old WG’s. And the rest of us , gotten past the 60′s WG’s will suck it up when black preachers like ( you know who ) make anti white comments. We don’t need to overcome… we just become the bigger person that forgives and doesn’t have to get even!!!

  • Daniel

    It will be interesting to see how a billionaire gets even Bernie. Imagine sharing a mistress with Majic. They must have a pretty good handle on that HIV stuff these days.

  • Patrick

    “Allowed to continue OWNING the Clippers?” Last time I checked, what one purchases is THEIR PROPERTY. Whatever he said CANNOT result in confiscation of his property. Else most Americans would be property-less!

    • sjangers

      Sterling is operating an NBA franchise, Patrick. He owns the Clippers as part of an agreement with the league that does give them rights to discipline him- perhaps up to stripping him of his franchise- if his conduct is sufficiently detrimental to the rest of the league. It’s part of what he agreed to when he purchased the franchise.

      • Patrick

        All well and good, but they cannot stop him from owning them, which is what Bernie said. And no, he purchased the TEAM. Different from a franchise, like McDonalds.

        • Josh

          Not really different. The NBA is the brand — the main company. The Clippers are just the equivalent of a McDonald’s in Strasburg: A representative shop of corporate. They can vote him out; it’s in their constitution.

          Whether or not he has recourse in the legal system is for the courts to decide.

          • Patrick

            But they CANNOT take away his ownership! He paid millions for it, and according to the NBA Constitution, only betting and financial fraud are the AGREED UPON reasons to forfeit ownership.

          • legal eagle

            He’s not “forfeiting” his franchise, he’s “selling” it.

          • Patrick

            Only if HE chooses to do so. That was the original post here, all the talk of TAKING the team he purchased from him.

            Regarding your quip about law school, where do you see any reference to that? And did you actually read the SI article I posted here? Didn’t think so, as your ignorant comment indicates.

          • Josh

            They will force him out. Simple as that.

            They can: Make his players free agents, refuse to schedule games, refuse to play his team, refuse to share revenue, and a slew of other measures that are designed to take him completely out of the fold.

            So, if Sterling wants a team with no players, no fans, no games, and no money, I guess that’s on him.

          • Patrick

            3. Lack of ‘morals clause’. Article 13 lists a series of enumerated wrongs, some of which are specific but none of which seem directly relevant to an owner whose racism expressed in a private conversation sparks national outrage. Some owners might argue that if the NBA wanted ouster as a remedy for a situation like this one, the constitution and bylaws’ drafters would have included it. Along those lines, there is no “morals clause” in these documents that empowers the ousting an NBA owner. The absence of a morals clause, in contrast to the inclusion of other provisions, could suggest that such a clause was intentionally omitted.

            Read More: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/nba/news/

            Please read up on for what are you declaring.

        • legal eagle

          Where did you go to Law School? There is no legal difference between an NBA franchisee and a McDonald;s franchisee

    • linda garris

      As i said above,property is being confiscated and given to wekfare blacks. Obama america.

    • Chris Matthewson

      I previously wrote:

      “Bernie says: ‘Everybody has come out against Sterling. Has any one publicly stated that despite his comments, he should not be suspended? Has anyone argued that he should be allowed to continue owning the Clippers? No one has said anything like that.’

      “I predict that some of Bernie’s followers will say or strongly imply something exactly like that right here in these comments! When a conservative website repeatedly spouts extreme, unrelenting anti-Obama sentiment, it attracts nutjobs like a 1000-watt light bulb attracts moths and bugs.”

      Well, here’s yet another one.

  • lark2

    Bernie, what needs to be exposed are the many who make their living “race baiting”. Jesse Jackson has never worked a day in his life but he lives in a fine home, flies First Class, is transported in Limos, eats in the finest restaurants, and stays in Suites in Americas finest hotels. Back in the sixties, Al Sharpton noticed Brother Jackson’s fine gig and decided he wanted in … so he invented the Tawana Brawley case to break into the business of race baiting and blackmailing corporations. The National Association for the Advancement of COLORED People … (as long as they are Liberals) .. lives off of the money they get from blackmailing White corporate America. Rev. Wright … Obamas favorite Pastor and many others invented the so-called Black Liberation Theology so they could spit their venom from the pulpit and profit from the unrest they promote. There are a whole lot of Black folks AND a lot of “guilty” white folks who live off the promotion of racial strife. So … you are right about the response to this Donald Sterling situation and the Obama Presidency clearly demonstrating where the country is on race issues … we continue to allow the race baiters to ply their craft and as long as we do, “racism” will never end.

    • Tim Bertram Black

      Whoa… you need to turn off the hate radio and pick up a book…. read a biography of Jessie Jackson… he ain’t all rainbows and sunshine, but he’s not who you and your militia friends think he is neither.
      Seriously, take a class… read… read a lot… you have some catching up to do my little hate-filled friend.
      Wow… you are very ill informed. May I ask one favor of you? Before you kill fellow americans (if that is what you are thinking), stick the barrel in your mouth and blow the back of your skull away… we don’t need people like you in our great country.

      So… weird weather we’re having, huh… o, by the way: what do you think of timmy mcveigh? just curious.

      • lark2

        Tim, I have re-read my post and I just can’t find the “hate”. I know of Rev. Jackson’s work with MLK but, his record of “work” since Dr. Kings death has been missing. Rev. Sharpton was dealing drugs and pimping for the FBI when he started his life as an “Advocate” with the phony Tawana Brawley case. Are these things not historically correct? Please help me become more informed … What do you want me to read? What I have written does not come from “hate radio” … it comes from my own brain. Who is talking about “killing fellow Americans” or anyone else? You say, “stick the barrel in your mouth and blow the back of your skull away… we don’t need people like you in our great country.” What are you saying? I merely pointed out that there are people in our society who benefit from Racial division … this is clearly evident … unless one prefers blindness. Tim McVeigh was a murderer and a criminal who deserved to be put to death and he was!

        • Tim Bertram Black

          Thank god… at least we have something in common: we both don’t want you to kill fellow americans.
          I was speaking specifically about Rev. Jackson… read… take classes… learn, enjoy… open your skull. You bring up Sharpton… may I say that you should forgive, turn the other cheek, love your enemy… and perhaps move on? Um kay?
          I was simply saying that if you were “going to” kill fellow Americans, that you first kill yourself. Since you have no intention of killing fellow americans… enough said, right?
          It behooves us to watch out for extremism in all its forms.

      • Jeff Webb

        >>Whoa… you need to turn off the hate radio<>my little hate-filled friend<>Before you kill fellow americans (if that is what you are thinking), stick the barrel in your mouth and blow the back of your skull away…we don’t need people like you in our great country.<<

        There's certainly a good argument that lark's take on Jackson, who has made himself a very unsympathetic character, was hateful, but asking someone to kill himself is indisputably hateful.

        Heal thyself.

        • Tim Bertram Black

          I’m not asking him to kill himself. You aren’t tracking properly.
          I said that IF he was going to kill fellow americans (like the Cliven Gang who’ve been pointing sniper rifles at our public servants) — that he instead, stick the barrel into his own mouth and blow the back of his skull away.
          I’m not asking him to do that… good lord he’d probably do it!!! I’m not that stupid…

        • Tim Bertram Black

          I’m not asking him to kill himself. You aren’t tracking properly.
          I said that IF he was going to kill fellow americans (like the Cliven Gang who’ve been pointing sniper rifles at our public servants) — that he instead, stick the barrel into his own mouth and blow the back of his skull away.
          I’m not asking him to do that… good lord he’d probably do it!!! I’m not that stupid…

        • Tim Bertram Black

          I’m not asking him to kill himself.
          I said that IF he was going to kill fellow americans (like the Cliven Gang who’ve been pointing sniper rifles at our public servants) — that he instead, stick the barrel into his own mouth and blow the back of his skull away.
          I’m not asking him to do that… good lord he’d probably do it!!! I’m not that stupid…

      • Tim Bertram Black

        I’m not asking him to kill himself. You aren’t tracking properly.
        I said that IF he was going to kill fellow americans (like the Cliven Gang who’ve been pointing sniper rifles at our public servants) — that he instead, stick the barrel into his own mouth and blow the back of his skull away.
        I’m not asking him to do that… good lord he’d probably do it!!! I’m not that stupid…

        • Jeff Webb

          Oh, I know what you said. I was being kind in not pointing out you also brought up, out of left field, the mere notion that he would consider committing murder, before asking him to kill himself instead. Again, hateful.

          Cute little dance though; thanks for the entertainment.

    • legal eagle

      Another hater checking in….Like Vampires arising from the dead…Nothing like a discussion on race to wake the haters up?

  • floridahank

    What did people and the media think about Sterling a couple of years ago, when I’m certain he had the same feelings, but only now because of technology, his thoughts became public. It’s only because of some mass psychological/sociological reaction to his statement has created this furor – it’s a changing of cultural sensitivity that’s growing in many areas that’s creating such a reaction — and not based on any rational reality and there is much bias and hidden agendas involved throughout our society that is causing problems not worthy of such extremism in reactions.

  • Paula

    Why isn’t the violence and racial slurs from the rappers ever discussed in a forum like this?

    Racism in America is all one sided….

    • Tim Bertram Black

      read a book? take a class maybe?
      Rappers are telling a story from a certain point of view… even white rappers are doing so… ever hear of Langston Hughes or Ralph Ellison?
      That isn’t racist. Sorry to burst your little hate-filled bubble. Get some Public Enemy… listen to it… are their bad rap acts out there playing on the worst devils of human nature? Sure there are. But don’t hold them up as THE example of rap.
      You are cherry picking your hate lady. Cherry pick some love, baby… sweet lady friend.

  • AnMar22

    Bernie, thanks for clearing the smoke. We’ve come so far in destroying our prejudices, but there still remains a small spot. Let’s not make is too important. If our dear leader and his cohorts would only feel the same.

  • SkyCitizen

    Bernie, thanks for a succinct well done article on an intractable subject.

    A friend of mine once explained to me that there are two types of racism, overt and covert, the implication being that you were either one or the other and the fact that, if you are white, being racist is a given. My friend happened to be a Black Muslim. What was ironic was that he and I shared many of the same values. He was a hard working man who provided for his wife and children, appreciated the value of education, disparaged the use of narcotics and served his community. Yet by his definition I could not be vacant of racism nor could he. This notion seemed paradoxical to me.

    I believe that racism today is not the racism of history but rather a cultural friction whose flames are fanned by extremists and opportunists.

    I put the media into the opportunist category. There will always be someone who doesn’t like a group or person for some reason whether founded or unfounded. The amplification by the media of this issue which is really local serves no public good. Mr. Sterling will pay for his attitude by way of his players performance for an owner who does not respect them. The NBA has no business involving itself. Mr. Sterlings franchise will fall or survive by how the players, owner and fans deal with it. This is an issue that needs to be worked through by those who are truly involved, not by today’s media that will probably not accurately report and has no interest other than being paid for a story

  • Josh

    Watching the conference now: Sterling banned for life, fined 2.5 million.

    And once the owners vote, he’ll lose the team (most likely).

    Holy crap, that’s a big punishment for some comments.

    If anybody is unhappy with this, all I can suggest is that you find Sterling and handle what you have to handle personally. This is the biggest NBA punishment I’ve ever seen handed down to anyone for anything.

    • Josh

      Crap. Never mind. The first person I heard speak about this punishment (LZ Granderson) isn’t the least bit happy. He wants more done, faster, and is peeved that nobody did it sooner.

      I suppose some people want Sterling put in prison or hanged. I can’t figure it.

  • beniyyar

    I would normally agree with Bernie, but suppose a Catholic man believes that he should only marry a Catholic woman and that if he marries out of his faith, he has committed a sin or worse, that non Catholics are less equal to Catholics, is that not a form of prejudice, bias, bigotry, or perhaps a close second to racism? Because that is what the idea of racism is quickly becoming, any recognition of differences of ethnicity, religion, or simply belief is some sort of bigotry.

  • joe

    Race baiting like everything else in this country is a commodity and every now and then there’s a new poster boy to feed the sensationalism. The reality is that none of these individuals can be called “racist” by the true meaning of the word based on anything they said simply because the word implies an institutionalized,systematic subjugation of a race of people that either Sterling or Bundy have perpetrated. Sterling owns an NBA team that is mostly black and dates a woman who is half black. Most individuals could only dream of earning what his players make. As for his girlfriend, I’m sure she’s living quite well as well. So where’s the racism? Did he institute policies in his team that are infringing on his players ability to earn a fair wage or to compete on a level playing field? As for Bundy the clip that went viral, it was cropped so that only the middle portion was heard to support a racist claim. What he actually said was that minorities have been exploited by the American government, rendering them dependent and impotent and was the real cause of there economic disadvantages. Race in this country has become a source of energy to be exploited by race husltlers, media sensationalists and the well trained, reactionary uninformed masses who can’t tell the difference between an apple and an orange. Here is the 3 minute clip with transcripts, in it’s entirety for those who are interested in reality as opposed to sensationalism. http://www.prisonplanet.com/unedited-video-shows-bundy-making-pro-black-pro-mexican-comments.html

  • concernedarizonan

    Legal eagle
    A schmuck has a right to his private opinions. CNN and everyone else is trying to decide how this guy should be punished when what we should be deciding is how to eliminate the totally subjective reporting by a major influence in our society.
    It started with Fuzzy Zeller who lost millions in endorsements, then a white woman who uttered the “N” word 30 years prior after a black man had stuck a gun in her face…..her punishment; lose millions and a ruined reputation.
    They used the race card in the OJ trial that caused a not guilty (not innocent) verdict.
    A rancher and a team owner are now on the chopping block for what was decided by the politically correct enforcers to be racial comments.
    The penalties for these comments do not fit the crime. There a hundreds of examples of bigotry toward other ethnic and minority groups that do not get the attention that a comment by a white toward a black gets.

    • legal eagle

      I don’t believe Fuzzy Zoeller had “millions” in endorsements to lose…..The NBA does and has therefore dealt with Donald Sterling… Lets hope Sterling sells the team , makes a huge profit and goes about his business of being just another obnoxious billionaire….

    • Brad Gillespie

      Racism appears to be the highest sin, if it is goes in one direction. Why is Obama weighing in on this? Who frankly cares what he has to say? I wonder how much racism he has had to endure during his harsh life in upper academia?

      • legal eagle

        Obama “weighed in” because the press asked him about it…..Is that a problem for you?

    • Ark

      OJ was as much about fame and money as it was about race.

      Fuzzy Zoeller wasnt even a top player so I have no idea how you came up with the fact he lost “millions” in endorsements.

      Sterling’s comments have caused the NBA to lose sponsors and a ton are pulling away from the Clippers. The sponsors sent a message to the NBA and they were left with no choice.

      • sjangers

        Zoeller did accumulate nineteen professional golf championships, including ten on the PGA tour (two major championships: The Masters in 1979 and the US Open in 1984). He may not be remembered as one of the game’s greats, but he was well-known and well-liked in his time.

        I don’t know that Zoeller lost millions of dollars in endorsement deals, but he did lose long-standing endorsement agreements with both K-Mart and Dunlop. Whatever the actual value, it certainly cost him tens- and more likely hundreds- of thousands of dollars.

  • ulyssesmsu

    Racist opportunism, nothing more. They’ve been racists for so long they don’t even know how to be happy when they’ve won.

  • joepotato

    OK Bernie, ready for the bad news…? The bad news is that racism is flourishing in the Obama aka Soetoro regime. Holdup and aka Obama are the biggest racist duo (since Sharpton and Jackson) in the nation. Have you ever heard aka Obama say anything about the “knock-out game?” Holdup showed his preference when he cut the NBP voter intimidation case…And let’s not forget when he tried to “get” the white Hispanic in Florida…. Of course these two seem to love their Muslims… who mostly despise “infidels and Jews” … That seems transparent enough for me…

  • Reese

    Speaking as a liberal, I agree with the premise of your argument but my question is, how many people are keeping quite and not supporting him because it is not popular to say now? I liken it to Michael Sam. As a former college football player, I would have no problem sharing a locker room with him, as long as he was a good teammate. But realistically, how many people actually do have a problem with him but are not willing to say it because they will be looked upon negatively? I guess my point is that just because people are not openly agreeing with him or showing support, does not mean that there are not a lot who do….

    • Seattle Sam

      Isn’t that the whole point of extortion? There is never a shortage of people who could testify in mob prosecutions. Just a shortage of people willing to risk doing so.

  • jazzdrums

    sugar daddy relationships are alive and well in America….the old rich guys are there for the taking if a woman is inclined in that direction. This sugar daddy happens to be a moron.

  • PAPUSA

    Right. Nobody’s a racist but everybody’s a racist. Cliven Bundy, around whom is centered the issue of whether or not the Federal government is an abusive, out of control beast is actually a racist. Proven by some supposed remark he is alleged to have made at some time in his life. The man is a private citizen, not a public servant. Let’s fog up the debate about whether he has a case, however flawed, against the confiscatory federal apparatchik by introducing the totally tangential issue of whether or not he is a racist.

    Welcome to rope a dope. I hate racism. It is not an inconsequential issue, but it is not germane to the discussion of BLM, IRS, BTF, NSA or any other intrusive assault on liberty by the feds. Bernie, please spare me the PC strategy of marginalizing the opposition by slinging sewerage. Maybe Bundy is a racist and that would indeed be deplorable. So that makes abuse by the feds OK? He has nothing in common with Sterling but your unsubstantiated irrelevant accusation.that he is a racist. The stench of PC seeps into everything.

  • Jarob54

    Bernie, racism has been around since the begining of time. And it will be around until the end of time. It’s a fact of life.

  • MaleMatters

    Great as per usual, Bernie.

    Liberals like to claim the Tea Party is racist. But they can’t show one racist act.

    Liberals also claim they themselves are not racist. But I can point to one gigantic racist act of theirs:

    “Why affirmative action has failed black families” http://malemattersusa.wordpress.com/2012/02/08/why-affirmative-action-has-failed-black-families/

    This upsets almost everyone, liberal or conservative, male or female.

  • Jim Pell

    Racism is different? Outcasts? Bernie, you are teetering on the edge of Political Correctness, when you ostracize somebody who has expressed something you vehemently disagree with. I do not defend what he said, but the better we understand why he said it, the better we all can deal with the bigotry in our own hearts.

    • legal eagle

      Why he said it? Because he’s a schmuck? You want an explanation from Donald Sterling so you’ll know better with how to deal with what?
      What a strange comment…

    • Ark

      This might be the single dumbest comment I have read on this site

  • Brad Gillespie

    Huh, go figure we haven’t read anything like this in other media commentary! I agree, but am frankly appalled by how much of a national outrage one man’s seemingly private, racist, comments have caused. This guy sounds like an unmitigated bigot; I wonder how many a lot of the rest of us do at odd moments when we are not in the general public, making statements that we wouldn’t be caught dead uttering in public — because frankly, other than private company, it’s no ones’s damned business, and truly doesn’t represent our actual thoughts. This stuff goes both ways, and most likely the larger percentage of non-racist people say such stuff, in private. A lot of times, seemingly racist comments might not even have to do with race, but more about a certain subculture, that seems to represent a portion of a race.
    I honestly think it’s just too easy now to jump on the anti- racist bandwagon, to join the racist condemning horde, just because it’s such an acceptable social thing to do, with no downside. Racism is wrong, but this nearly l00% compliant verdict of anyone who can talk, is ugly, and way too easy. How do you hound a guy out of existence because he uttered something racist to some bimbo girlfriend, privately?

    • legal eagle

      “hound him out of existence”?? Not owning an NBA team will be the end of Donald Sterling’s existence? What are you talking about?

  • not_fooled

    Bernie, good story and I also agree with Bill O’Reilly when he said that it’s Sterling and Cliven Bundy’s problem not America’s..every day that goes by there’s one thing that stays constant…you can’t fix STUPID!

    • legal eagle

      So there is no racism in America only individual racists? That’s the O’Reilly and Scalia theory..

      • not_fooled

        As always my friend you’re foaming at the mouth. Look around pal, when America is no longer it will certainly complete your goal in life.

      • Stimpy

        The most racist supervisor at my former company would hire only ‘his kind’. No exceptions. He is black. Racism cuts both ways but that never occurs to libs.

      • Drew Page

        Come on, eagle. You know perfectly well that neither O’Reilly or Justice Scalia believe there is no racism in America. O’Reilly has said there are racists in America, and that each race has its share of them. But the point he was making is that the United States as a whole is not a racist country.

        In any large group of people, there are going to be some bad ones. That doesn’t make the whole group bad, whether that group is composed of blacks, whites, or lawyers.

        The fact that these comments are being universally condemned and are making headlines is because they are so far out of the mainstream.

      • Hammockbear

        Only in the minds of pea brains.

  • Concernedarizonan

    Racism, like politics, is controlled and defined by special interest groups.
    The Rev. Al Sharpton and the Rev. Jessie Jackson come out of the woodwork to cry foul against whites, sometime even before a jury decides they might have a reason to. They get national attention and we get to post our opinions on forums read only by like-minded adults.
    The problem with that is that our opinions, while making valid points, do not count and, unfortunately, will not change what is promoted by the special interest.

    • Paula

      Quotes of Booker T. Washington:

      “There is (a) class of colored people who make a
      business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs. … ”

      And

      “There is a certain class of race problem-solvers who don’t want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy
      medium through which to make themselves prominent before
      the public.”

      These quotes come from Booker T. Washington one of the generation of black leaders who were born slaves. He said this in 1911 (Chapter 5: The Intellectuals and the Boston Mob). Author of “Up from Slavery”, and founder of the Tuskegee Institute, Mr. Washington sought to raise up the black community though self-reliance, entrepreneurship, pride through accomplishment, education, economic advancement… (aka… conservative principles). To accomplish these goals he “mobilized a nationwide coalition of middle class blacks, church leaders, and white philanthropists and politicians”. (Wikipedia)

  • Paul Vasek

    You will be happy to know that Rush Limbaugh agrees with you!

  • abe

    Bernie- Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson should be held to the same standard… They are both race baiters…Mr Sterling said his comments with an expectance of privacy, not nice what he said, but still in private

    • legal eagle

      Black instigators like MLK, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton should be put in jail….LOL

      • sjangers

        We’re probably going to have a little trouble incarcerating Dr. King, Eagle.

        • Ted Crawford

          What we might also note is the fact that ONLY legal included the name of Dr. King, in association with Jackson and Sharpton! Abe labeled Jackson and Sharpton as ‘race baiters’ , as does Dr. Alveda King, MLK’s neice, not even a hint at MLK, who was a serious civil rights advocate!

          • legal eagle

            Alveda King? You’ve got to be kidding…One of Fox News’ token right wing blacks?

          • Jeff Webb

            I’d love to see you claim you know better than Alveda King. I could use a good laugh.

          • Jiven Gumby

            No doubt Alveda King knows more about racism than we could ever possibly know. Likewise the NAACP who bestowed a lifetime achievement award on none other than Donald Sterling. The question is not in what they know but whether they are telling us what they know or are they selling out?

            Oh and when are you going to post your insights as to why there is infinitesimal non-white participation in this space?

          • Jeff Webb

            >>Oh and when are you going to post your insights as to why there is infinitesimal non-white participation in this space?<<

            When are you going to stop coming back here pretending to be someone else?

          • Jiven Gumby

            You are the Webb-Master. You and your cohorts write the articles (and perhaps it is worth mentioning that all the writers here are white as well). So this is about you. Now quit bloviating and answer the question

          • Integrity

            Are you the same guy that called Michelle Malkin “Dragon Lady”? QED

      • Stimpy

        You can probably find Jessie in ‘Hymie Town’. His words not mine.

      • Ryan Nichols

        Calling MLK a black instigator? And you put him in the same company as Al Sharpton. That says a lot about you.

        • legal eagle

          That’s what MLK was considered by many, including the FBI, in the 1960′s….Perhaps you should read a book occasionally…MLK had to be assassinated to achieve sainthood…

          • Ryan Nichols

            Perhaps you should look at a calendar, and look at your post. You said it. I don’t see a post from the fbi.

    • Donald Simmons

      Abe, you are absolutely right. How many of us can say that they have never said things during a private conversation that they would not want repeated or heard by others?

  • Jenn

    racism is everywhere…it will never be abolished….everybody has a right to feel the way they want about anyone or anything…its just the way it is…Donald Sterling has a God given right to express his opinion just like anybody else…

    • Drew Page

      And everyone else has a right to call him a bigot.

      • Jenn

        so basically you are saying that you have never been racist against anyone??…I find that hard to believe…

  • nickshaw

    If this is true, Bernie, how come black people, who make outrageously racist statements, are not subject to the same ostracizing?

    And it’s still not clear to me that Bundy is racist, let alone in the same league as Sterling.

    • Seattle Sam

      For the same reason that Bill Clinton stills gets approval from feminists.

    • legal eagle

      Because life is unfair? Bernie just interviewed Barclay and Shaq…Didn’t hear him ask them that question…

  • Concernedarizonan

    The difference between stupidity and genius is……genius has limits.

    • Ted Crawford

      Einstein?

  • savage24

    Our country may have move forward but stupidity still runs rampant. The sad part of racism in this country today is that it is only seen as a one way street, white against the black. As with the phoney war againt women, white males are the prominent perpetrators. Remember, even with all your high ideals you will never erase stupidity.

  • justintime

    The NBA must make it perfectly clear that Donald Sterling and his comments are persona non grata in America and in the NBA. This is a golden opportunity for the races to come together in a common goal to condemn rank racism — just a white boy from Philly.

  • Kit Carson

    Last I heard freedom of speech is still permitted in America, or is it? I understand the man uttered his comment in the privacy of his home, yet, this is just another excuse by blacks, liberals, and hand-wringing libs in the media to play the old race-card canard with reckless abandon. Blacks make and take racist jabs at white folks on a daily basis and it’s shrugged off like water off a duck.

  • Concernedarizonan

    Jamie Foxx “I get to KILL all the white people”!!!
    There are racists in the white population and the black. Unfortunatley it’s the white racist who gets Rev. Al Sharpton and the black racist gets ignored.

    • legal eagle

      You’ve got to be kidding about your Jaime Foxx quote….he was joking about a movie role…..Amazing how dense some people are?

      • sjangers

        So if Mel Gibson were doing a movie and made a similar comments about killing all the black people, you’d have no problem with that?

        • legal eagle

          Nope….Did you see the movie “Django Unchained” with Jamie Foxx? If you did, you’d know what the joke was about…..BTW…excellent movie, I recommend it..

          • sjangers

            I didn’t see “Django Unchained”, but then I don’t see a lot of movies. Perhaps next time I’m purchasing DVDs.

            I don’t have a problem with Foxx making a joke like this. I’ve enjoyed him since his “In Living Color” days. Funny guy. But I would feel better about this sort of humor if everyone was willing to accept it, even when it cut against some of their sacred cows.

          • Drew Page

            Calling any movie made by Quentin Tarantino “excellent” says a lot about your taste in entertainment.

          • Josh

            Pulp Fiction, Inglourious Basterds, Kill Bill, Reservoir Dogs, Jackie Brown — seriously, none of these you’d consider to be excellent movies?

            I’m not sure I want to know your particular taste in entertainment. I’m scared to find out. lol

          • legal eagle

            Thank you Josh….Couldn’t have said it better….Tarantino’s movies do not particularly appeal to the older demographic so perhaps that’s the basis of Drew Page’s comment?

        • legal eagle

          Mel Gibson said enough about Jews to effectively end his movie career….Do we want to know his opinion about gays or minorities? LOL

          • sjangers

            I was just asking a question based on your Jamie Foxx response, Eagle. You responded that you wouldn’t be bothered by more Gibson misogynist rants. That’s fair enough, I guess.

            If you have any interest in the subject, Allison Hope Weiner had an engaging take on Gibson that she posted on Deadline Hollywood about two months ago. You can find it at: www dot deadline dot com slash 2014 slash 03 slash mel-gibson-career-Hollywood-deserves-chance slash. None of it is news to observers of the human condition, but it underscores the dualities of human nature; the intense darkness and brilliant light that can co-exist within each of us.

      • Stimpy

        No, that just illustrates the double standard applying to racial sensitivities. Jamie Fox could make that comment, which we all know was in jest. Could Leonardo DiCaprio have made the same comment about blacks, in jest? No, he wouldn’t dare.

        • legal eagle

          Next time I talk to Leo I’ll ask him…LOL

      • Jeff Webb

        Imagine if Michael Rooker similarly joked to an interviewer that he got to kill & assault black people in Mississippi Burning. You cool with that?

        • legal eagle

          Who is Michael Rooker and why would anyone give a crap about what he said?

          • Jeff Webb

            I figured you were smart enough to understand the question–my mistake.

            I’ll try again: If a white actor similarly joked that he got to kill & assault black people in a movie, you cool with that?

          • legal eagle

            Depends on the context of the statement..

          • Jeff Webb

            That’s never an acceptable excuse for the left, and you of all people are proof. You going to deny you accuse others of racism regardless of context?

  • Donald Simmons

    I do not condone Mr. Sterling’s comments, but this man has a right to his opinions, just like all of us do. Whatever happened to the day when people didn’t go into a meltdown because someone said something that offended them? I think the old saying about “sticks and stones” should apply here. If you don’t like what Mr. Sterling says, then vote with your wallet, and don’t support his business. I think we are going overboard in this country on trying to destroy people because they say things that we do not agree with. It was foolish of Mr. Sterling to say the things he said (and probably more foolish of him to trust this woman to keep their conversation private), but he has a right to say and think what he likes, whether we agree with him or not.

    • Jenn

      you are absolutely correct…

    • legal eagle

      Another man longing for “the good old days”…..LOL

      • Donald Simmons

        No, just another man using logic and reasoned thought. I suggest you grow up and learn to do the same. We all see and hear things we are offended by. I just do not believe in launching full scale attacks and trying to destroy people who say things I disagree with. I do the reasonable thing; I ignore them and move on. There are much more important things going on in this country right now than this uproar over the words of Mr. Sterling.

    • Stimpy

      Everyone has the right to his 15 minutes of infamy.

  • Seattle Sam

    I have a more general observation. As really severe injustices
    become fewer and lesser, the High Priests of the Church of Indignation must elevate more minor issues to the status of mortal sins in order to satisfy the fervor of their
    members for self-righteousness.

    A couple of generations back The Poor in this country lived in some pretty dire conditions. Nobody is starving today, but since The Rich have six widescreen TVs and three cars while The Poor have only
    one or two, this condition rises to a level of indignation
    that used to be assigned to those in true distress.

    Sixty years ago it was common (and semi-acceptable in some locales) to use government to keep the races separate. Today it’s considered a heinous crime to even suggest that you don’t want to associate with people of another race.

  • rbblum

    Yesteryear’s ‘racism’ has only been fundamentally transformed: race baiting . . . false claims of being the ‘victim’ . . . and liberally playing the race card.

  • KStrett

    While I agree it is a good thing that racism isn’t alive and well, I find the end of the article disturbing. Our culture forgives athletes who kills people and beats up their girlfriends but will not tolerate racism?

    That is a bad sign of the direction of the country. Think about that for a minute…… A football player can kick the crap out of his girlfriend and can go back to playing football without bearing a scarlet letter for the rest of their lives but if the same person expressed racist sentiments, their career is over?

    Isn’t assaulting someone worse than holding the opinion that a certian race is inferior?

    What about selective outrage that accompanies these type of stories. If the person happens to have a (D) at the end of their name they get a pass. There also seems to be a selective outrage at the race being commented on.

    • Floridastorm

      That is if the football player is black and beats up his black or white girlfriend. Now, if the football player is white and beats up his black girlfriend that’s a different story in this absurd politically correct society we live in today.

      • legal eagle

        Do you know any white players with black girlfriends?…LOL

        • Hammockbear

          Humor is just not there. comes across as ignorance and hate

    • morefandave

      You missed his point. It was not to diminish the seriousness of the other offenses. It is precisely because we do consider the other matters serious that the consequences of being identified so publicly as racist as even more serious is significant. His point is well-taken. I’m old enough to remember the days Bernie described, and I’m encouraged how far we are away from them.

      • KStrett

        I didn’t miss the point. I agreed with Bernie!

        However, I see the acceptance of athletes who kill people or who beat woman as horrific sign of the direction of the country.

        Isn’t assaulting someone worse than holding the opinion that a certian race is inferior?

        If you concede that point, you have to agree that ostracizing racists while ignoring what Ray Lewis allegedly did, is a bad sign.

    • legal eagle

      “A football player can kick the crap out of his girlfriend and can go back to playing football without bearing a scarlet letter for the rest of their lives but if the same person expressed racist sentiments, their career is over”
      Whose career is over?

      • KStrett

        By all accounts Ray Lewis was involved in a murder, yet he was not ostracized out of football. In fact, there were very few people who even brought it up when the Ravens went to the Super Bowl and Lewis retired. I believe he is a commentator now.

        If Ray Lewis were white and expressed the exact same views as Donald Sterling, he would never have played football again. Apparently, being involved in a murder is better than being a racist if you are a professional athlete.

        • legal eagle
          • KStrett

            Your point?

            Was Donald Sterling convicted of anything?

            Baltimore Raven, Ray Rice was captured on a hotel video surveillance camera dragging his unconscious girlfriend out of an elevator who he knocked out.

            Will he play football again? YES!

            Will Ray Rice be ostracized out of football? NO!

            Again, apparently expressing racist views in the privacy of your own home while being secretly recorded is worse than a 250lb guy knocking a woman out.

          • legal eagle

            What was Ray Rice convicted of? What action will the NFL take?
            Ray Lewis was convicted of what?
            What’s your point? NFL discipline , or lack of, has nothing to do with the NBA by laws or it’s agreement with franchisees…..
            I guess you believe Sterling is a victim? If so, maybe the NBA owners should form a union?…LOL

          • KStrett

            legal, are you bothering to read my comments? Lewis pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in a murder.

            “What’s your point?”

            1. Work on Reading comprehension

            2. Which is worse, covering up a murder or having an opinion that a certian race is inferior?

            “I guess you believe Sterling is a victim”

            He is a dirt bag that was set up by another dirt bag. He did own the team…..

  • http://blog.cyberquill.com/ Cyberquill

    I thought Americans were so worried about their privacy. NSA surveillance and all of that.

    Here, someone’s private phone conversation somehow became public. Why is there no outrage over that angle of the story?

    This, frankly, worries me more than some bigoted moron’s crazed ramblings.

    Tomorrow, your or my personal phone call may end up on TMZ.

  • buckrodgers

    Bill O’reilly, Bernard Goldberg and Charles Krauthammer cleansed their soul, when they attacked a 67 and 81 year old white man because of a they voiced their opinion, it doesn’t matter if the f trio used their skin color to get their jobs, or do they really think it was only talent that made them millionaires and you can be assured that the will never give up their jobs in the name of racial equality, but there they are labeling white Americans bigots, just to prove they care about minorities and could never be called a racist, maybe they can explain why the industry they work in is predominantly white, or maybe they can explain why most of the high profile commentators and Hollywood for that matter are also predominately white, unlike the regular folks who live and work in an integrated world, we are the ones who have ti carry the burden and pay the price for their holy than thou rantings, maybe this wise man can tell us what was going through President Pbamas mind, when he faced an all white media at his first Presidental news conference. maybe Mr O’Reily should pay more attention to this quote from the movie Mississippi Burning, IF YOU LOOK LIKE KLAN. SMELL LIKE KLAN AND ACT LIKE KLAN, THEN YOU ARE KLAN, WITH OR WITHOUT THE HALLOWEEN CUSTUMES.. I except this posting will be censored, because the truth really does hurt.

    • Drew Page

      This is probably the dumbest rant I have seen posted here, and that’s saying something. “It doesn’t matter that the trio used their skin color to get their jobs…” ? What skin color should they have used to get their jobs, other than the ones they were born with? Are you suggesting they shouldn’t have gotten their jobs because they are white?

      I don’t know if the three people you refer to think it was only talent that made them millionaires, but I suspect that had something to do with it. I am also pretty sure they aren’t going to give up their jobs in the name of racial equality. Assuming you have a job, are you willing to give it up because someone of another race is unemployed? What price have you paid for their “holier than thou rantings”? I don’t remember them costing me a thing, other than the time it took to hear them. I’ll bet I know what was going through the President’s mind when he faced an all white media at his first presidential news conference, more than likely it was “Where’s the guy from Fox News sitting?”

    • Chris Matthewson

      I previously wrote:

      “Bernie says: ‘Everybody has come out against Sterling. Has any one publicly stated that despite his comments, he should not be suspended? Has anyone argued that he should be allowed to continue owning the Clippers? No one has said anything like that.’

      “I predict that some of Bernie’s followers will say or strongly imply something exactly like that right here in these comments! When a conservative website repeatedly spouts extreme, unrelenting anti-Obama sentiment, it attracts nutjobs like a 1000-watt light bulb attracts moths and bugs.”

      Well, here’s one of many.

  • k962

    Charles Barkley declares that the NBA is a “black league” ! Could Wayne Gretkzy declare that the NHL is “white League” without retribution ?

    • legal eagle

      Yep….and Charles is right…Wonder why Bernie didn’t ask Charles or Shaq if they are racists?…LOL

      • Drew Page

        Probably because he doesn’t think they are racists.

  • Dennis

    There is still one racist problem in America that no one ever addresses. It is the racism of the left. The patronizing, condescending ‘you’re not really an adult, you’re not really expected to be responsible for your behavior, we’re here to take care of you because you are a victim’. They have been sending this message to the black community for decades and the Latino community and women as well.

    When are we going to have this discussion and make libs accountable for their racist, sexist, misogynistic bigotry? The bigotry of low expectations is the nice sounding euphemism for it but it is racism with a smiley face. Listen to them some time and look at what they have done to the black family and black community. Every time I hear a Democrat claim they have moved on from being responsible for the race problems in America, I laugh.

  • bigmoejr

    And this year’s “Sterling-Bundy Gold Cup” award for excellence in televised rhetoric will NOT be awarded as the two principal sponsors of the award have given it to themselves.
    Bernie, ya’ just can’t fix stupid!!!

    • legal eagle

      Hannity and Limbaugh are always in the running for the same award..

  • Craggy old conservative

    America hasn’t moved on. There will always be some kind of racism. Its human nature. People feel comfortable with their own kind and project faults on others.

  • Ksp48

    There will always be people who irrationally hate other people because of their skin, religion or whatever. On the web on a daily basis I see constant anti-semitism. It doesn’t seem to make the bigots any happier I’m pleased to observe. The issue is whether its official or holds back anyone. Didn’t seem to hold back the current President, his Attorney General or the two Secretaries of State under Bush.

  • tabula rasa

    Racism, is unfortunately, alive and well in some regions. The website WND has reported black on white violence.

    Yes, amazingly, it works both ways, though most whites want to walk the streets at darkness. Google, Colin Flaherty

  • Ksp48

    This time I agree with you.

  • Ryan Nichols

    Let me get this straight NBA and it’s fans. It’s ok for Kobe Bryant to rape. But you draw the line at racist remarks? Maybe they should take a look at Kevin Garnet. He said he wouldn’t play for a white coach. But nobody bats an eye. Bet the media would have cared if a white player said he won’t play for a black coach. The NBA, and the media are scared little hypocrites. If racism is wrong, which we all agree it is. Then it should be approached in the same manner for everyone. Not just the white racist.

    • legal eagle

      I hadn’t heard that Kobe Bryant was convicted of raping anyone.,,, maybe you can enlighten us about your potentially defamatory statement.

      • KStrett

        OJ wasn’t convicted of murdering anyone either. Is it a defamatory statement to call OJ a murderer?

        • legal eagle

          If OJ sued someone for libel and/or defamation the case would probably survive a Motion to Dismiss. So the answer to your question is “maybe”…

          • KStrett

            You are missing the point. If some called OJ a murderer, would you take umbrage with it the same way you did with Kobe Bryant?

        • Chuck H.

          bottom line is you can call anyone anything you want, it’s your right to free speech. don’t let these libs tell you otherwise. Hey, Reid called people protecting Bundy domestic terrorists and there wasnt even a settlement before that!

        • Rapper MC Jesus

          Free Speech is dead. Welcome to hell.

      • Ryan Nichols

        But he paid a million dollar settlement. Which proves guilt. It proves he didn’t want to go to court. Kobe Bryant is a rapist.

        • legal eagle

          Either you are juvenile or ignorant, or both…

          • Ryan Nichols

            Ya, because Kobe Bryant was arrested for rape. And then paid millions to have the girl sign a nondisclosure document to shut her up for ever. I’m juvenile. Lol. Go stick your thick head back up that donkeys ass. I’d rather be called ignorant by the likes of you than to join you in that cesspool of hypocrisy and division.

          • Rapper MC Jesus

            Kobe Bryant had to pay that money because he is black. If you were a rich black man they would convict you of raping too because you are black and everyone is racist. I’m black so I know this.

        • Jeff Webb

          Ryan, we have rules against defamation here. Unless it’s a matter of record he committed rape (which is not the case here), use “alleged” please.

          • Ryan Nichols

            Kobe Bryant bought his way out.

          • Jeff Webb

            Whether or not you understand the difference or agree with the policy, you still need to follow it. We’re not being unreasonable here.

          • Ryan Nichols

            Now what is the problem? It’s documented that he paid to make this go away.

          • Ryan Nichols

            Ya i understand. I can’t say he raped someone because he was arrested and settled out of court. But it can call him a racist without any proof.

          • sjangers

            Rapist is a serious charge with legal consequences, Ryan. Racist is a serious charge that usually only carries social consequences. But identifying someone as a felon requires a legal finding, not just suspicion; no matter how well-founded. You could end up in serious difficulty if Bryant were to pursue your remark as a civil matter. Worse, Bernie might also end up in similar difficulties for merely allowing you to make those sorts of charges at his web site.

          • Rapper MC Jesus

            Or he could just delete the comments? Why does everything have to turn into a giant legal matter?

            People like you have no spine.

          • sjangers

            You’re a little late to the party there, Jesus, but thanks for sharing.

            Forums like this have standards for commentary. Ryan stepped a little over the line and we were just explaining why there was a line. Deleting the comment is irrelevant to any legal consideration if someone is aware of its existence and can prove it was posted. So just avoid the potentially defamatory or libelous remarks. Better to not even go there.

          • Jeff Webb

            Sjangers just now posted an explanation I couldn’t have said better myself, in case it’s still unclear.

            I’m not saying that a person settling out of court means there couldn’t have been a crime committed; it does mean he wasn’t convicted, and that there are many other possible reasons for it. That’s just fact.

            Not that it makes any difference, but Kobe is actually one my least favorite athletes.

          • Rapper MC Jesus

            Black people can’t be racist you ignorant bigot. I don’t know what ignorant or bigot means but I know that’s what I was told to call you if I don’t agree with your statement. Did I mention I am black and I know more than you? I am black and I know more than you because I am black and black people were gods of Egypt at one point before white people ruined everything. White people are evil. I know this because I am black.

          • Chuck H.

            define “we”. you are not an administrator.

          • sjangers

            I believe Jeff is a forum moderator, Chuck.

          • Chuck H.

            I believe not. based on his prior inflammatory posts and lack of identifier, it’s just another liberal troll.

          • sjangers

            I don’t know why the identified didn’t pop up, Chuck, but check the user profile. I’m pretty sure it’s the same Jeff who publishes a frequent column and is a forum moderator.

          • Chuck H.

            would a moderator be saying things like this?

            Jeff Webb • a day ago

            I figured you were smart enough to understand the question–my mistake.

            I’ll try again: If a white actor similarly joked that he got to kill & assault black people in a movie, you cool with that?

          • sjangers

            I don’t see why not. But what do I know? I have my own issues.

          • Jeff Webb

            I’m one of the site moderators, Chuck.

        • Rapper MC Jesus

          No it doesn’t, he’s black. He just did it because the world is racist and he had to do it because if he didn’t then the courts would convict him because he is black, not because he was guilty, but because he’s black. Black people have it worse than everyone, you don’t understand because you’re white. You’ve never been judged or held responsible for anything because of your white privilege. I’m black so I would know exactly how easy it is for you to live. All of your accomplishments are because of your skin color. I am black and you are an ignorant bigot.

          /sarcasm/typical contemporary argument from an idiot

      • Chuck H.

        he was accused of rape and settled to avoid trial. clinton was accused of rape and settled to avoid trial. biden makes racist remarks. clinton made anti-Semitic remarks. point ryan is making, i’m guessing…is that this guy did nothing more than any other racists or bigots and yet is losing millions in a fine and being banned and in a witch hunt. where was the witch hunt when biden said ” put em all in chains again”?

      • Rapper MC Jesus

        Maybe you can enlighten us on why you’re such a fool?

    • Rapper MC Jesus

      He’s black, a protected species, he can’t be held accountable for his actions because authoritarian liberals have deemed black people incapable of personal responsibility because in their mind they are helpless and can’t live without the constant contrived excuses by the hardcore left.

      • Ryan Nichols

        That would explain why Eric Holder believes that zero tolerance policies at schools is racist. Because it’s now racist to treat everyone the same.

        • Rapper MC Jesus

          Well obviously. What’s more racist than equality? Black people > everyone else. It’s racist to assume otherwise.

  • rodecky .

    Whenever a whitey has a public seizure over some dumb racial remark, I go back to Shakespeare. “The woman doth protest too much, methinks.” Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 2.

  • Jiven Gumby

    So the all white jury has delivered its verdict and you have decided there is not a racist bone in your bodies. And you can count on 2 or 3 fingers the number of non-whites who have ever commented on any topic at all in this forum. That speaks volumes

    • Jeff Webb

      I gotta admit, I was thinking of asking you to provide a list of every person who has ever posted here, identifying each by race, to back up your claim. Then it dawned on me: it only takes one finger to tell you just how much anyone here gives a crap what you say.

      • Jiven Gumby

        Didn’t think so. But you don’t deny it. And that also speaks volumes.

        • Ksp48

          I still don’t get the volumes stuff. Are you saying that non-whites are not smart enough to read Bernie or not smart enough to read? Either way I disagree.

          • Jiven Gumby

            It means that non-whites find the discourse on this site not conducive to them or perhaps even hostile. Were you born or were you late term aborted? You couldn’t possibly be this stupid unless someone cut your head open and sucked your brains out

    • Josh

      Who gets to decide which person is a racist?

      Can you tell me whether or not I’m a racist? What’s the deal here….I think I’m a bit confused. You see, I’m just a white person. (Don’t worry; I’m skilled in the art of self-flagellation while shouting “Curse my white skin. I’m sorry for being a white male” over and over.)

      And, yes, I judge myself as not being racist. And from your comment, I’m going to assume that you’re not white. So… that means, what? You can tell me whether or not I’m racist due to the color of your skin and due to the color of mine?

      Well, that’s not racist.

      • legal eagle

        You’re not a racist unless you act on your prejudices. In my opinion, we all have prejudices but few act upon them….

        • KStrett

          Let me get this straight:
          A person believes he is superior because he is a certian race and other races are inferior. The person believes this but doesn’t “act on his prejudices,” therefore he is not a racist?

          • legal eagle

            Calling somehat a racist is

          • KStrett

            You didn’t answer the question….

          • KStrett

            “You’re not a racist unless you act on your prejudices”

            You still have not answered my question!

            A person believes he is superior because he is a certian race and other races are inferior. The person believes this but doesn’t “act on his prejudices,” therefore he is not a racist?

            Yes or No?

          • sjangers

            So if Sterling is hiring a lot of black people to work for him and is giving lots of money to the NAACP and similar causes, do you care?

          • legal eagle

            I don’t think Mr. Sterling is hiring a lot of black people to work for him……Plantation owners had lots of black people working for them..

          • sjangers

            Seems like a rationalization, Eagle. Plantation owners weren’t compensating their “staff” at millions per year.

          • legal eagle

            Sterling bought an NBA franchise and like all franchise agreements he has rules he has a contractual obligation to follow including a minimum salary cap…..He’s paying the “talent” because it makes his franchise more valuable and because he is contractually obligated to do so,,,,
            As he is now being effectively, forced to sell, he won’t have to do abide by these obligations much longer….Good riddance to Sterling…

          • sjangers

            Even more rationalization. Sure there’s some self-interest. But I’ve never heard that his Clippers went out of their way to hire and over-compensate white players. He appears to have some misogynist views, but by your definition he may not be guilty of racism (“I don’t care what people think, I care about what they do…”). Would you like to revise and extend your definition? Perhaps add your imaginary motivation for why they do what they do?

          • legal eagle

            Sterling paid several large settlements for racial discrimination as a “slumlord” in Los Angeles….His past actions are certainly a factor in the NBA’s actions against him, as are the reactions of numerous sponsors and fellow NBA franchise holders..

          • sjangers

            But weren’t you the lawyer who told us that paying settlements (a la Kobe) isn’t an admission of anything? Were those settlements court-ordered and associated with a finding of law? Did Sterling make any admissions in conjunction with those settlements?

          • Josh

            Actually, the NBA stated unequivocally that his past actions and prior accusations had no merit in their decision.

            Now, whether or not someone wants to call that a lie is another story.

          • Jeff Webb

            Speaking of which, where are all those examples of FNC’s daily racism I asked for?

          • sjangers

            His imaginary friend will get back to you with that information, Jeff.

        • Dave M

          So…simply talking like a racist does not make a person a racist? I.e. Sterling.

          • legal eagle

            Sterling has a long history of discriminatory practices in his business dealings.

          • sjangers

            That may very well be true. But doesn’t one usually offer some evidence when making such a potentially defamatory charge?

          • Floridastorm

            Legal Eagle avoids providing any specifics on any subject as he’s a Leftist troll. Enjoys upsetting people by saying things that are mostly propaganda. Probably fantasizes about sleeping with his buddy in the white house since he seems to have an incessant crush on Dear Leader. Never saw anyone who makes up so many excuses for a totally incompetent and corrupt individual. Can’t see how, if he is an attorney, he gets any work done as all he seems to do is post messages here 24/7. Methinks he is an out of work fool collecting unemployment and spends most of his time behind a computer screen. He is worthy of ignoring completely as he is only on this site as an instigator and nothing but.

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            >>Probably fantasizes about sleeping with his buddy in the white house since he seems to have an incessant crush on Dear Leader.

            I understand why you think that, but Legal’s pretty homophobic, so I doubt that’s true. I think it’s more of a man-crush than a traditional crush. ;)

          • sjangers

            Our friend Eagle is a little easier to take if you view him as just another guy doing his job, Storm. Unfortunately, his job is to come here and annoy us. But at least he does manage to do it with some humor and occasional reasonable give-and-take; okay, very occasional. But like that hockey player who does everything he can to gain an edge for his team during the game, you could probably have a pretty good time with him going out for a beer after you unlace the skates. Think of him as Brad Marchand.

            I don’t have much doubt that he really is an attorney. Very few other professions could be so consistently annoying. But he may be semi-retired these days. Or he may have a contract with the DNC that pays him by the post.

            “He is worthy of ignoring completely as he is only on this site as an instigator and nothing but.”

            I get that. I have exactly the same response to another one of our trolls here. I don’t feel the same way about Eagle, but I can understand perfectly how others can feel that way. If you and others are really tired of his act, enough down votes on their posts do make them disappear. Or you can just treat him the same way he treats you, ignore him when you can’t be bothered, and ridicule him when he deserves it. The key to living with him is to not take him too personally.

        • Floridastorm

          We act on our prejudices every day 24/7. Why is it that you rarely see white folks living or socializing with black folks, with rare exceptions in a very few large metropolitan areas? In schools and in all other public places you see blacks congregating together and whites congregating together. On very rare occasions will you see them integrating. Even in the military, in which I spent 6 years, blacks and whites never socialized together. To deny this fact of life is absurd. Only in the fanciful minds of white leftists do gooders is this society, or any society for that matter, integrated. My take on all of this is that blacks and whites live different types of lives with different culturals, and different priorities. In other words, they have nothing in common. Deny it all you want. But, that changes nothing. It is what it is.

          • legal eagle

            Another brilliant treatise on race relations in America from a Southerner…..LOL

          • Drew Page

            Would you be so kind as to provide a list and identify those states that you consider to be “Southern”? We need to protect ourselves from people living in, or from, these states. I’m sure that these folks would enjoy knowing that they have been reduced to a cultural stereotype by you.

          • Floridastorm

            Just can’t handle the truth, can you? But, then again, does anyone know a leftist who can handle the truth? You delude yourself into thinking that the world is what you fantasize it to be instead of accepting what the reality is. I’m not a southerner, by the way. Grew up in New York and was educated in Boston. Spent years traveling the world in my profession. Settled in Florida for retirement. Don’t assume things as you know what that usually makes you.

        • Jeff Webb

          >>You’re not a racist unless you act on your prejudices.<<

          Dictionaries disagree with you.

          What, you think falsely defining it suddenly means you aren't one?

      • Jiven Gumby

        Did I say you were racist? I just pointed out the infitesimal number of non-whites that participate in the dialog in this space. Does your conscience bother you?

        • Josh

          Did I say you said I was racist? Does your ability to comprehend material limit the scope of your participation in this discussion? Or does keeping it short and vague potentially grant the illusion to an outside observer that you’re somehow deep and thoughtful?

          • Jiven Gumby

            You asked whether I could tell whether or not you were a racist. Then you denied being a racist, so yeah, you did imply that I called you racist.

          • Josh

            “Asked” being the keyword. I’m asking if that’s what you’re saying. Is it? You still haven’t clarified much. Those little one-liners like “that speaks volumes” and “does your conscience bother you” have zero explanatory power.

            “I just pointed out the infitesimal number of non-whites that participate in the dialog in this space” — though that’s not all you’re trying to say, obviously.

            The thing is, I’m just not sure what exactly it is you’re trying to say. That you’re qualified to judge who’s a racist better than the individual you’re judging? That white people cannot deny being racists; it has to be someone else’s call?

          • Jiven Gumby

            The general gist of all the comments here is: (a) absolving yourselves of racism (b) regarding Sterling and Bundy either absolving them of racism or asserting their right to be racist (c) all liberals play the race card (d) if there is any racist problem remaining today it is reverse racism against whites. So there you have it, non-whites almost unanimously choosing not to take part in the enlightening discourse that takes place here speaks volumes – that they are the racists – not you!

          • Josh

            Sounds more like personal vendetta butthurt than anything I can read with my own eyes.

            The one point I’d agree with you on is that most folks here are probably white.

    • Ksp48

      And you can count on 2 or 3 fingers the number of non-whites who have ever commented on any topic at all in this forum. That speaks volumes.

      Perhaps I missed it; what does it say.

      • Jiven Gumby

        It says that non-whites find the discourse in this space not conducive or perhaps even hostile to them. Beyond that you could draw several conclusions, one being that, similar to the over 90% of blacks and over 70% of other minorities that voted for Obama in 2012, that they are the racists and not you

  • David Romero

    Bernie, racism is on it’s last leg in America? Are you out of your mind? Racism is alive and well and always will be. A majority of blacks are ruining it for their peers who are really decent people.

    • Kevin Carroll

      Wrong, a MINORITY of blacks are ruining it for their peers. As you say most are really decent people. Perhaps you meant that but it is not what you posted.

      • legal eagle

        How about the minority of whites who are ruining it for their peers?

  • legal eagle

    Great story Bernie on HBO involving TNT NBA show….Charles Barclay and Shaq have turned into terrific talking heads…who knew?

  • Kathie Ampela

    I think both the Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling stories have been blown way, way out of proportion before we know all the details. In the Sterling case, the story originated with TMZ, notorious tabloid vultures. On the tape Sterling tells his 31 year girl friend it’s OK if she sleeps with blacks but it’s not OK to bring them to games or post their pictures on instagram? It smells funny to me..either she’s trying to shake him down for another 30 bentleys or he has dementia (my step father is 84 and has dementia and so did my grandmother. They both said off the wall things all the time) And how does an 81 year old know what instagram even is? I barely know what it is LOL It all seems very weird to me. He’s about to honored by the NAACP, it just doesn’t seem like it passes the smell test to me.

    Regarding Bundy, his comments seemed like an awkward, ignorant way of making a valid point about entitlement culture. His body guard, who is black, came to his defense and he seemed sincere to me.

    Bottom line, both of these guys may be racist or it may just be hysterical hype by a hungry news cycle and both political sides looking to say, nah, nah, he’s one of yours! Everybody should just cool it.

    • legal eagle

      Great comment….Sterling and Bundy have just been blown out of proportion by the evil news media?…..mass shootings are also blown out of proportion?

      • Kathie Ampela

        If it bleeds,it leads. The media has a long history of sensationalizing what they think will sell (or get ratings) I live in New York, many, many crime stories have been sensationalized going back many years (Son of Sam, Central Park Jogger, Jennifer Levin), too many to list

        • legal eagle

          Quite true…and your point is what as it relates to Bundy and Sterling?

          • richgeorge

            I believe she already explained that earlier.

      • Ryan Nichols

        This is a perfect example of blown out of proportion. You put someone saying something bigoted in the same tier as someone being murdered. Not just a murder, but a mass shooting. . And of course the media is blowing this out of proportion. Watch msnbc for five minutes and you’d think half the country are all racist. It’s sickening. It’s amazing to me people still support the democrat machine of division and bigotry and hypocrisy. Where was msnbc when the mayor of New Orleans was holding a rally saying that New Orleans was a chocolate city and must always be a chocolate city? Why do they ignore Jeremiah Wright? He’s a racist. And a friend to the president.

        So what I take away from the media on this is racist white people deserve to have everything taken from them. Racist blacks are perfectly fine. Well that’s not even separate but equal. Wasn’t that the Democrat slogan at one point. . I think if America wants to take on racism, then America should take on all racist.

        • legal eagle

          “So what I take away from the media on this is racist white people deserve to have everything taken from them. Racist blacks are perfectly fine. Well that’s not even separate but equal. Wasn’t that the Democrat slogan at one point. . I think if America wants to take on racism, then America should take on all racist.”
          So now you’re playing the victim card? LMAO

    • Chris Matthewson

      I previously wrote:

      “Bernie says: ‘Everybody has come out against Sterling. Has any one publicly stated that despite his comments, he should not be suspended? Has anyone argued that he should be allowed to continue owning the Clippers? No one has said anything like that.’

      “I predict that some of Bernie’s followers will say or strongly imply something exactly like that right here in these comments! When a conservative website repeatedly spouts extreme, unrelenting anti-Obama sentiment, it attracts nutjobs like a 1000-watt light bulb attracts moths and bugs.”

      I rest my case.

  • potemkin_village_usa

    “A word to the wise aint necessary, it’s the stupid ones that need the advice.”
    ___Bill Cosby

  • david

    Bernie,
    I have always admired your intellect and incredible reasoning power but I think here you are being a bit to passive or like the old married couple might say, “lets find some compromise.” The truth is, Sterling made his comments in private, between he and someone else, which was none of mine or anyone else business. Also, did his “supposed’ comments brutalize, hurt or terrorize another human being? Do I agree with what he may or may not have said? Certainly not, however what he allegedly said is by no means life altering, earth shattering or harmful to another persons well being. If the man were truly racist to the core, why employ black athletes?
    Racism, in it’s truest form won’t ever leave us until we, as a people, understand that it’s a heart problem infecting us all. Racism will never leave these discussion boards until we ALL see “Grammy Wilmer’, Aunty La’Keasha or Cousin Lee and all in between recognize discrimination hides within us all, can we heal as a people/society. Just for thought, I am weary of the media panting like a dog awaiting a piece of steak at the dinner table for a prominent white man to say something racially stupid so as to expand their agenda but I do wait for the day a prominent black man such as Lebron James says, “Guys, what he said was none of mine or your business, with that said I feel sorry for someone who allegedly wants a certain race from pictures. I wish you, the media would quite trying to portray 1 race as the sole aggressor. I have known people of my race to say similar in private, just like him. Until we see racism as a heart problem, we as a society can never heal and move forward.”
    Bernie when did words become a crime? Men and women hanging from a tree because of their skin color was true injustice back in 1940. Today the media has become the power that controls public discourse. Their goal, as individual journalists is to feel better about themselves. Words are the crime today…who can recall sticks and stones?? welcome America to a new age…

    • Susie Q

      I totally agree. Took the words right out of my mouth.

  • Ryan Nichols

    What about the girl who recorded this audio. She seems like a bad person too. Wonder how much she got paid.

  • Ryan Nichols

    According to the edshow on msn bc. . This is further proof the republican party is full of racism and racist. Because Bill Crystal wouldn’t say he should be forced to lose his team. And of course some on the right supporting Bundy when he was being raided by armed federal forces was also proof of the rights racism. But ed doesn’t point out that Sterling was to and has received NAACP awards. Hmmm. Last I checked NAACP is a extremely left leaning organization. And represents minorities. Why oh why I wonder ed. Why are you not critical of that group for getting in bed with sterling? After all, it’s no secret Sterling has been accused before. Sure was more information on Sterling and his possibly bigoted views than Bundy. After all, no politicians or pundits that supported Bundy knew he was racist. But many people were privy to Sterling’s past troubles.

  • ericdondero

    So, Bernie you just said thoughts like racial thoughts are far worse than drunken driving, or beating up one’s girlfriend.

    Explain please how that’s not extremely Orwellian?

    • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

      He’s saying that that’s how society reacts. Do you disagree?

  • EddieD_Boston

    Fools like this idiot keep the debate on race going. However if he didn’t give the race-hustlers ammo they’d make it up anyway, as they have been caught doing multiple times (especially on college campuses).

    • Josh

      I think that’s exactly right. When there aren’t any instances like these that are supposedly incredibly blatant and harmful, then it’s still assumed that these instances are happening all the time. Instead of overt racism, the folks who see racism everywhere say it’s covert racism. “N1gger” isn’t used so broadly anymore? Well, we can fix that. “Socialism” suddenly becomes the new N-word.

      Whatever happens to Sterling happens. He’s an old rich man; he can take it. But the folks acting the most appalled about Sterling believe that everyone is a Sterling anyway deep down to their core, only they hide it and code it now. And if a Sterling doesn’t pop up every so often to chum the sharks, one will be invented.

  • Beckala bobb

    You’re a disgrace.

    • sgthappyg

      I always love it when people post on a “discussion” board vague and meaningless statements such as “You’re a disgrace.” and then pretend that this has any merit. Who is a disgrace? Why are they a disgrace? What makes them a disgrace? Please post an intelligent response if you are able.

  • steveyuhas

    We should also pay attention to the obvious disconnect between Larry Johnson and Donald Silver (both Democrats) and the treatment that Cliven Bundy received in the mainstream media (he was hardly mentioned until he said “negro”). Shouldn’t we be a bit more forgiving of people that were brought up thinking the only bad “N” word was the BIG N word and who were TAUGHT that negro was proper? Words and language evolve, but some people don’t evolve with them – when it is politically incorrect on a college campus that seems to be okay, but when it happens on a ranch or basketball court, we’re supposed to take it more seriously? Sorry, I don’t.

    • Josh

      To your point, I can personally overlook someone using “negro,” particularly if they were alive when the word commonly used was negro and when the Negro Leagues were around. Though I think most of the backlash Cliven is receiving goes beyond that particular word and has more to do with things like “they never learned how to pick cotton” and the suchlike.

    • Jeff Webb

      Hey, Steve! Talked politics with you few times on the phone in San Diego–good to read you here. Welcome, always.
      -Jeff, site columnist & moderator

    • legal eagle

      Who is Donald Silver?

      • sjangers

        Donald Sterling and Adam Silver’s illegitimate daughter?

  • Brian Stover

    How about a debate between Donald Sterling and Louis Farrakhan?

  • jackietreehorn3

    Bernie, since I made my comment Larry Johnson of the New York Knicks front office said african americans should form their league. Incredibly racist, let’s see how much coverage it gets. My guess, probably none.

  • pilsener

    Sterling is “a bigoted old fool to be precise” Let’s also label him a despicable sleazebag – BUT – no matter how despicable Donald Sterling may be, he is still a cut above the media maggots and racial jackals who have come out of the woodwork to feed on this story.

    Watch the “American is a Racist Country panel” (my term) that was quickly convened by Meet The Press to label Sterling as just a small tip of the gigantic racist iceberg that lurks under the surface of America.

    The “We need to pay more attention” comment should be directed at the despicable sleazebags who make up too much of modern media.

    • Josh

      That’s what personally drives me batty here. Sterling was wrong, and he should face the consequences for it. But media have been playing it up as if Sterling is representative of white America’s attitude toward blacks and that folks should be groveling and begging forgiveness as to not be mistaken for a Sterling type.

      I really feel bad for the folks in sports media who have to dance around these issues for fear of being instantly fired. I haven’t heard one honest opinion on the news so far. Everything’s down-from-the-top boilerplate, i.e. he’s the worst person to ever draw air, take away his team, this is the worst thing ever.

    • Ryan Nichols

      Amen. Everyone knows there’s racist in America. But we have come so far. It feels like we’re going backwards. And it seems to me the media is the one making the u turn back. And it also seems to me this is largely because it fits the lefts narrative that the right is racist. Can this new resurgence of racially charged headlines be brought to us by Democrats? Bottom line. . Are we going through this so Democrats can get more votes?

      You would think the obvious conclusion would be two white racist. One probably Republican, one probably Democrat. Racism can come from anywhere, but look how they’ve become social pariahs. Nobody defends racist in America.

      • legal eagle

        Which one of these bigots is a Democrat? Do you have a clue about what you’re talking about or do you just repeat Fox News talking points?

        • Ryan Nichols

          Lol. Probably the only one of the two that’s there’s evidence of campaign contributions. Duh

          • legal eagle

            http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/04/donald-sterling-republican-democrat-politics-nba-racism

            I understand facts are not always relevant to you but Donald Sterling is a registered Republican.

          • sjangers

            And yet the only evidence we have yet of his political contributions is to Democrat candidates and liberal causes. Even POLITICO covered that yesterday evening.

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            Shhhhh. You’re ruining legal’s narrative, sjangers!

          • sjangers

            I appreciate the correction, John. Now I’m being the insensitive s.o.b. Mea culpa.

          • legal eagle

            Wondering the political affiliation of the racists among us is an understandable, but a useless exercise. As Asawin Suebsaeng and Patrick Caldwell of Mother Jones correctly note, Sterling’s “broader political views or party affiliation [haven’t] much to do with the controversy over his insanely racist comments.” But just in case you were wondering, the reporters unearthed the basketball team owners political party registration. Sterling is a Republican.

            What will the far-right bleaters have to say now? My hunch? Nothing.

          • sjangers

            “What will the far-right bleaters have to say now?”

            Baaa-aa-a-ut you’re wrong.

            “Sterling is a Republican.”

            He gives money to Democrats and liberal causes. Weren’t you the person who said somewhere above that you don’t care what a person says, you care what he does? Sterling says he’s a Republican but he gives Democrat.

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            I couldn’t care less what the guy’s political affiliation is. As I’ve written many times, racists come in all shapes, sizes, and political affiliations.

            Making a political party responsible for a racist among them would be like making a rock star responsible for what some idiot fan yells out at a concert their performing at.

          • legal eagle

            Others brought up Sterling’s political contributions. I just corrected the record for those few who care about the facts…

          • legal eagle

            Facts usually don’t affect your narrative much….By the way, why is calling Darrell Issa a car thief defamatory but calling Kobe Bryant a rapist is OK?

          • Jeff Webb

            It’s not okay, and Ryan has been told this now.

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            >>Facts usually don’t affect your narrative much

            Which is a false claim you regularly throw out to me, and many other people who disagree with you, simply because you don’t like the facts we pose to you. I understand your dedication to accusing others of the things you, yourself are guilty of… but anyone who reads what both of us write here already knows the truth. You’re full of b.s.

            >>By the way, why is calling Darrell Issa a car thief defamatory but calling Kobe Bryant a rapist is OK?

            When have I ever commented on either?

          • legal eagle

            I guess the fact that Sterling is a registered Republican is meaningless to you? His meager political contributions occurred long ago….obviously Sterling is not overly generous in his political or charitable contributions…

          • sjangers

            The guy is like eighty. Are you suggesting that he had a political conversion at age sixty-five and turned into a rabid racist?

            Sterling’s NAACP recognition is current. Do they honor people for racism?

          • legal eagle

            You obviously don’t have much experience with the world of charity? Sterling “bought” the recognition from the L.A. NAACP…happens all the time…
            As far as party affiliation goes I am stating a fact…Sterling is a registered Republican…

          • sjangers

            But if the man is a raving racist, why would he care about buying recognition from the NAACP. I guess I really don’t understand the world or charity. Giving to a cause I don’t believe in wouldn’t make much sense to me.

          • Ryan Nichols

            And has never given one dime to the party. But he has broke out the check book for the left. Those are the facts. I know you ignore the facts you don’t like.

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            The only thing legal hates more than facts are the context behind those facts.

          • Integrity

            Whew! Dodged a bullet! I bet you were sweating there for a few minutes. LOL

          • sjangers

            He still has a few to dodge, Integrity. Eagle and Sterling have geographic sympathies in common and they belong to the same reviled profession. It makes one wonder if they share the same dark soul.

          • legal eagle

            and we are both Jewish…..LOL

          • sjangers

            Yikes! So you might really be related to Satan!

          • legal eagle

            Sterling was born and raised in Los Angeles… what geographic commonality do we share? LOL

          • sjangers

            I thought you had some roots in southern California.

          • legal eagle

            I live in So Cal but I’m a born and bred New Yorker and I have maintained my New York accent and attitude….LOL

          • sjangers

            Yeah, I’ve noticed the attitude. : )

          • legal eagle

            Sweating what? Sterling’s political party? What difference does it make that Sterling is a Republican? He’s just another billionaire, part of the Romney crowd.

          • Ryan Nichols

            Or the John Edwards crowd.

          • Integrity

            He is also a lawyer. Does this now taint you? QED

  • Darren Perkins

    Bundy is a victim of not being particularly well spoken or savvy. It seems he is a very simple man. I think what the man was trying to say is that welfare is a form of modern day slavery. Like slavery it keeps people in a place of total dependency. I think what he was also trying to say is that ‘idle hands are the devil’s workshop’. Both of these statements I agree with. I don’t believe when he started talking that he meant to sound like a racist or had a racist agenda… he’s just not bright enough or an effective enough speaker to make the points he was really trying to make. Seriously , before condemning him out of hand, consider condemning the likes of Harry Reid who has made no less racist sounding comments.

  • Not Barack

    These flames are being fanned by the race baiting infrastructure that is the Democratic Party. They have screwed the nation to a fare thee well under Obama and need issues. Divide us by race.
    Sterling has the right to his opinions. That’s the first amendment. His customers can abandon him as a reset, but the govt can do zero.
    Now, where is the outrage over democrat Quinn of Illinois racist and Semitic tweets?
    For democrats racism is ok when it’s theirs. Al Sharpton anyone? Rev Wright anyone?

  • http://karlq.spaces.live.com Karl Quick

    Seems that it is not a problem to be a thieving old lawyer who cheats on his wife with a mistress right up until he suffers the embarrassment of his “arm candy” choosing to take his money and connections and put on some “arm candy” of her own, and her choice is for males totally opposite of her rich old employer! …ahem, “benefactor”.
    THEN someone notices the younger, more virile men happen to be black, and THAT is the embarrassment the old fool Sterling gets nailed for!
    Apparently you CAN live the life of a hedonistic plantation owner….
    ….right up to the point where someone notices your slaves are black!
    Old Cliven Bundy looks good compared to this guy. Bundy complained the blacks were being treated like trash by a welfare system that offers them no work or other form of real independence. Sterling ***buys*** lovers and athletes!

  • Brian Fr Langley

    The only bigots left, are the race baiters who’s truck and trade is creating a victim class. Even the late, great, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called on Americans to judge men by their character, not the color of their skin. Yet if you “judge” (and note) anyone in a victim class, as lacking in character, you’ll be sure to get called a racist, (or bigot).

    • legal eagle

      Good point….There are no more white bigots…..Rinse and repeat…Fox News will be calling soon to put you on one of their panels as an expert on race relations in America…LOL

  • Tim Ned

    Just proves that because you’re rich, doesn’t mean you’re smart. This guy needs and deserves the pounding he is getting from the press.

  • sjangers

    As you say, Bernie, there will always be bigots. But American society has moved beyond any culturally-ingrained bigotry. No one in our country has to worry about being denied access to life, liberty or opportunity because of their race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation. We’re not a perfect society because people aren’t perfect. But each of us has the opportunity to build our life without fear that lack of acceptance will prevent us from reaching our goals. We have all come a remarkably long way in fifty years. Every now and again, it’s a good thing to take a moment to appreciate our accomplishment.

    • JMax

      “No one in our country has to worry about being denied access to life,
      liberty or opportunity because of their race, ethnicity, gender or
      sexual orientation.”

      Here is a map of the 29 states where a person can be fired for being gay: http://www.businessinsider.com/states-where-you-can-be-fired-for-being-gay-2013-4

      • sjangers

        Troll elsewhere.

        • JMax

          Bite me. I was invited by Bernie.

          Sucks to be shown you’re wrong, huh?

          • sjangers

            You completely miss the point, troll. There are twenty-nine states where people might be fired for their sexual orientation. In all twenty-nine of those states and in the other twenty-one I can be fired for my opinions, my beliefs, my appearance and for any of a dozen other reasons that are equally specific to who I am. In fact, in all fifty states I’m more likely to be fired for reasons that have nothing to do with competence and job performance than someone is to be fired for their sexual orientation. So what?

            I observed in my original post that our society has moved beyond a culturally-ingrained bigotry and that prejudice no longer deprives any of us of life, liberty and the freedom to pursue individual goals. You responded with a complete non sequitur. Your intent is not to engage in reasonable discussion. You’re here to irritate and disrupt, troll. Go away.

          • JMax

            Bite me. I was invited by Bernie.

            I did not miss the point at all. I merely pointed out the fallacy in your point.

            “I observed in my original post that our society has moved beyond a
            culturally-ingrained bigotry and that prejudice no longer deprives any
            of us of life, liberty and the freedom to pursue individual goals.”

            Yeah, which was your point, and you specifically listed sexual orientation, but as I have shown, some people STILL DO have to worry about being denied opportunity to pursue individual goals because of their sexual orientation due to the prejudice of their employer. This completely contradicts your point. That’s hardly a non-sequitur.

          • sjangers

            You’re claiming that a group of people in our society still need preferential treatment in order to have equal access to life, liberty and the freedom to pursue individual goals. Provide evidence that proves that this group today is treated significantly differently from the rest of us in this regard. You’re making the claim. Supply the proof or get lost.

          • JMax
          • sjangers

            You’ve completely failed to address the point. All those three pieces show is anecdotal evidence that a few people have apparently lost jobs because of sexual orientation and that this isn’t illegal in twenty-nine states. Many thousands of people lose their jobs every year for various forms of discrimination that have nothing to do with race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. So you’ve shown that LGBT people may be treated the same as anyone else in twenty-nine states. In twenty-one states these same people have more protection than I do.
            I see no evidence of a systemic problem in our society that requires additional protections in order to protect life, liberty and pursuit of individual goals. You need to do better. If you can’t, crawl back under your bridge, troll.

          • JMax

            Bite me. I was invited by Bernie.

            No one in our country has to worry about being denied access to life, liberty or opportunity because of their … sexual orientation.”

            People DO have to worry, anecdotally or not.

            ” So you’ve shown that LGBT people may be treated the same as anyone else in twenty-nine states.”

            Only if everyone else is gay.

          • sjangers

            Allow me to rephrase, troll. “No one… should worry about being denied access to life, liberty or opportunity…” Neither I nor anyone else can help irrational fears.

            Again, I talk about a systemic problem. You deliberately misconstrue the thrust of the argument and try to personalize. The only thing that proves is that you can’t or won’t address the original argument.

            Back to the dungeon, troll.

          • JMax

            Bite me. I was invited by Bernie.

            Can people be fired because they are gay?

          • sjangers

            It depends on where you live.

            Is there any jurisdiction in the country where I can’t be fired if you don’t like me?

            Rock on, troll.

          • JMax

            Bite me. I was invited by Bernie.

            If I don’t like you because you’re gay, yes. Or if you are a Jew. Or Italian.

          • sjangers

            That’s an interesting little sexual fetish you appear to have there. Does it make me homophobic if I politely decline?

            So you make my point. Thanks.

            Bugger off, troll.

          • JMax

            Bite me. Bernie invited me.

            Talk about your non-sequiturs!

          • sjangers

            Yeah. I’ve been wondering about that connection between “bite me” and “Bernie invited me”. I was pretty certain there wasn’t one.

          • Josh

            We all know it’s a matter of perspective. Some folks feel that if you’re fired and happen to be black, there’s always a case to be made that it’s because you’re black. Same with LGBT, any other racial minority, any religion, and, hell….everyone. Let’s be honest about it. It’s only that folks refuse to listen unless you’re a protected class. Everyone else just has to face facts that sometimes an employer might decide to put boot to backside.

            I suppose, in the perfect progressive world, rulebooks are infinitely thick and include provisions for countless instances and lifestyles and choices and inborn traits and…ugg, again, let’s just be honest. Some folks want jobs guaranteed as a right, with this vague “living wage” paid with no questions asked, along with guaranteed healthcare, housing, and even happiness while we’re at it.

          • sjangers

            “I suppose, in the perfect progressive world, rulebooks are infinitely thick… ”

            That’s the essential problem, Josh. Some folks are so busy trying to ensure that some groups of people don’t have to deal with the same sorts of concerns that the rest of us do that they threaten to undermine their intent.

            We all face disappointment in our lives. We’re all denied opportunities for reasons that don’t seem very fair. It’s only when irrational beliefs or hatreds create systemic problems for some groups in our society that we all have an interest in creating special protections for that group until the social problem is resolved through evolution of attitudes and ideas.

            With the exception of some people with disability, I think we may be beyond the point where public attitudes are so perverse that it’s productive to offer preferential treatment to any groups. The social friction that is generated by these policies can often negatively affect attitudes and make the underlying problem worse.

          • Integrity

            It appears that you can now be fired for being a Christian as well. QED

          • JMax

            Appears? Where?

          • Integrity

            The thought police exist in all 57 states. Donate to a cause you believe in and see what can happen. QED

      • Tim Ned

        These are states that don’t have explicit laws against firing a person if they are gay. But I believe this clarifies your point more.

        http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2013/may/07/martina-navratilova/martina-navratilova-says-you-can-be-fired-being-ga/

      • Integrity

        Unless they are an unborn fetus. Now I just need an attorney to tell me when a blob of sentient flesh becomes a human being. How many states protect the fetus? QED

        • Tim Ned

          Excellent point!!

    • legal eagle

      Amazing how narrow your world view is…..With all due respect, how do you know what opportunities low income inner city kids have, or don’t have?

      • sjangers

        I was wondering when you would show up, Eagle. Your wingtroll took a bit of damage. Good of you to fly cover for him while he recovers.

        I appreciate your willingness to pass judgment on my world view without knowing very much about it. Not too many people would care enough to go to that trouble.

        No idea where the rest of your comment comes from. Are you claiming that low income inner city kids are being systemically denied access to opportunity because of their race?

        • legal eagle

          I am saying that there is a systemic problem in education, housing and wages in America which disproportionately affect lower income minorities….
          You don’t have to block people from getting a quality education, you just have to limit their opportunities….
          Racism and discrimination in America is not, in my opinion, an epidemic, it’s more like a festering illness that gets slightly better over time but is never quite cured…
          I grew up in the inner city and it’s a totally different world than you, I assume, have experienced.
          No white family, that I know has ever had a kid stopped and frisked in New York City…think about it.
          Discrimination and racism is far more subtle today than it was 50 years ago but it’s very much alive and well particularly in the criminal justice system as well as on Wall Street.

          • sjangers

            Okay. And I was talking about attitudes and cultural bias. That would appear to be two different things, no?

            Or is there a remarkably subtle racist agenda in this country to elevate some black people to positions of great social prominence will quietly keeping the vast majority second-class citizens through your complicated scheme?

            No white kid has ever been stopped and frisked in NYC? I’d have to think about it, but I’m pretty sure I knew a few kids in college who grew up in the city and had those sorts of experiences.

            So if we accept your stealth racism premise, do we continue to address the problem with the same old tools? It seems to me that those tools may have started to contribute to the problem we’re trying to solve.

  • jackietreehorn3

    Racism is still a huge problem in America. The problem I have as a white male with panels that discuss the issue is how incredibly one sided it is. Sterling is an absolute scumbag. There is no defending him or his kind. I agree Bernie it’s great to see this public reaction. The problem I have is that racism is a two sided issue. All to often all I hear is one side. For every Sterling, there’s a race baiting Jackson or Sharpton. There are violent crimes like flash mobs and knockout games that target white people all the time. I live in Chicago. I see it as soon as it gets warm out. And one can not utter a critical word about african americans without being called a racist. If we are truly going to be honest with each other then we need to tackle the whole issue. Both sides. Every discussion i see is one sided and ends up becoming essentially a white shaming session. Racism is a two way street. It’s insulting to everyone’s intelligence when the media doesn’t treat it as such

  • Josh

    I’m about halfway on board with most who are screaming the loudest over this. There’s no place for Sterling in the NBA. However, I can’t help but to laugh at the around-the-clock coverage. Right now, it’s almost two full hours in to First Take’s nonstop coverage, which is following up about three and a half hours of Mike and Mike’s coverage. And Sterling and his remarks are being treated more harshly than genuine acts of violence and criminality in sports: spousal abuse, bar fights, illegal firearm possession, drunk driving, etc.

    Most of it is the prevailing sentiment that we can’t be racists, above all else. You can be a down and dirty, drug-addled wife-beater, but don’t be a racist. You can slap kids around and be the biggest a-hole in the northern hemisphere, but don’t be a racist.

    I agree: It shows how much we despise racism, and also how much we utterly fear racism. Watching white people stumble over their words with sharking hands approaching this topic is incredibly hard to sit through. It makes me cringe like I’m watching TV with my parents and a sex scene pops up out of the blue. Very uncomfortable.

    Where I get off is on the constant beating of American society, as if Sterling represents how whites feel. Stephen A. Smith and others go off on these rants about wanting to crucify the guy because it’s “hard enough being black” as it is and, apparently, racist comments from a white man are worse than gang violence, drug use, and every other real-life hazard that young black males face disproportionately.

    Goodness gracious, people.

    I have a feeling that if we had the same flippant attitude toward human life in 2014 as we did in 1814, Sterling would be hanged and most of us would cheer it. And at the end of the day, the guy just went off on a racist rant.

    Maybe he’s the most racist SOB on that side of the Mississippi. His girlfriend is a minority. His head coach and most of his players are black. I’m not defending the guy by any stretch, but as far as I can tell, he isn’t actively pushing a racist agenda. He isn’t part of a problem of systematic racism, is he? He just went off on a rant, supposedly, and now, at least in the sporting world, he’s the worst thing to happen in a decade.

    Punish the offender accordingly for the crime. Holding a racist rant up to be a worse offense than actual action and violence only makes America more of a pitiful society of willing victims.

    • Thomas Duke

      Good points. What happened to “Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never harm me”?
      Additonally, doesn’t everyone have the right to say stupid things?!?
      Lastly, I am not defending this guy as actions do have consequences…..

      • Josh

        I very briefly used to cover sports in a limited fashion; certainly nothing like Mr. Goldberg does for HBO. I did outlines, profiles and QnAs for the big guy’s bylines. Anyway, whether it was middle school, high school or some D2 school, I would sometimes hear stories about how race played a big role in locker rooms. Players were being bullied, hazed very harshly, made fun of, made to carry equipment, called names, etc.

        These were the white players. Position players, more accurately: backup TEs and WRs, kick returners, practice squaders, etc.

        In my 34 years on this planet, not once have I heard a story break with even local coverage about this type of bullying. Though when it breaks the other way, like Incognito supposedly bullying Martin on the Dolphins, it becomes a huge nationwide story — an example that racism is alive and well.

        When it happens with white people the aggressors and minorities the victims, that’s when the “sticks and stones” deal cannot fly. But when it happens with another victim, it’s usually carried in one of two ways. 1) White folks are the majority and did horrible things to minorities, so shut up. 2) Nobody cares, so shut up.

        In the NBA, I’m not sure about Sterling’s rights to anything. They can probably force him out like they did Marge what’s-her-face in MLB. All I do know is that the narrative only seems to work one way. Once you disrespect a protected class, all hell breaks loose. And by its very nature, that is discriminatory and will ensure that incidents like these never stop in America.

        We make it abundantly clear that different people fall into different categories of importance. And many people look so incredibly hard for things to compare to slavery that they only focus on things that can compare to slavery.

        Sterling’s going to get his, and I’m all for it, but what gets me peeved about this situation is that he’s being given more attention than actual criminals in sports and people who probably belong in prison. In three days, Sterling has received more national coverage by big networks than a cesspit like Chicago has in three years.

        Priorities are screwed the heck up in America. White old plantation slave owner makes racist comments, even the major networks are carrying the coverage nonstop. Shootings, stabbings, drug deals, and general scofflawry, it’s nothing compared to Sterling, evidently.

        • legal eagle

          This is a great example of how little certain segments of American society have progressed in their racial views….Donald Sterling actions affect thousands who are employed by him or live on his properties…. Racism is subtle, It’s about power and influence, not name calling, which is a concept obviously a little too complicated for some to comprehend.

          • Integrity

            Really? Donald Sterling’s actions were well known long before this incident. Senator Reid once said something inappropriate about President Obama. Should he not resign? QED

          • Josh

            Yeah. For Sterling vs. what I’m talking about, you might just have a point that Sterling’s actions are a bigger deal than just name calling.

            Remember Riley Cooper, though?

            Gargantuan story in the sporting world, bleeding over to national news networks, all because a white guy dropped the N-bomb. Once. No history of anything, just a single slur caught on tape. Though, as I’ve stated, nobody really flippin’ cares when it’s the other way around. 1 or 2.

          • legal eagle

            “Gargantuan story in the sporting world, bleeding over to national news networks, all because a white guy dropped the N-bomb” ??

            How do you know how many times Cooper has used the N word?

            So what happened to Riley Cooper? He properly apologized for being an idiot and moved on to have a great season….

            What exactly is the “other way around”?

          • Josh

            I can never be too sure what you’re trying to say with your comments (speaking of your initial reply to mine). You’re often quite vague, very accusatory, and present things in a somewhat rhetorical fashion, like you have the inside track on wisdom and everybody else is a monkey slapping keys.

            I can only tell you what I meant by the original comment to which you replied: America, by and large, despises and fears racism so much that most of us are only willing to admit that something is “racist” when the offender is white and the victim is a racial minority.

            That’s when we sink our teeth in.

            The “other way around” would be a non-white spitting racial slurs to white people or acting racist in some way toward white people, obviously. And, again, that’s something no one really takes seriously. Most of us tell ourselves that the slurs don’t have the same meaning, don’t have the same history, and thus don’t have any sting and don’t matter.

            Hell, a lot of people are pretty much locked in to their definition of racism to the point that it can only be racism if the offender is white. Anything else, at best, is revenge or “reverse” racism.

            And that’s pretty dang racist in itself.

          • legal eagle

            Thanks for the rational response…Obviously, the media covers all kinds of stories so I ‘m not sure if incidences of “reverse racism” are covered as much.

          • Josh

            I’ve heard Bundy falling over himself trying to explain it. I don’t pay too much attention to that story. That’s too political and not strictly a story on race.

            Sterling hasn’t said anything that I’m aware. He’s rich enough to let the legal team handle things while momentum builds. But I’m sure he’ll be blabbing incessantly once the owners’ counsel votes him out of the league.

            For Cooper, his apology didn’t quell the outcry so much as Michael Vick standing up for him. Until that point, it was the biggest story around. Many folks didn’t buy the apology and figured it was something Cooper had to do.

            I remember Marcellus Wiley stating on SportsNation that those types of things (slurs, insults, racial beefs, etc) do happen the other way around. And that’s the only time in my entire life I’ve heard a sportscaster state such, even though I know firsthand that those situations exist.
            My point is that we, as a society, don’t typically tend to call something racial/racist unless it’s white offending non-white. It’s a very odd way to go about living. And it’s going to catch up more than it has.

    • legal eagle

      “Maybe he’s the most racist SOB on that side of the Mississippi. His girlfriend is a minority. His head coach and most of his players are black. I’m not defending the guy by any stretch, but as far as I can tell, he isn’t actively pushing a racist agenda. He isn’t part of a problem of systematic racism, is he? He just went off on a rant, supposedly, and now, at least in the sporting world, he’s the worst thing to happen in a decade.”
      I think it’s called a “slavemaster’ mentality?

      • Josh

        Whatever folks want to call it, call it.