Sports Brothers: Racist remarks mar playoffs
5/1/2014, 9 a.m.
Shocking. Unbelievable. Jaw dropping.
These words could be used to describe the first round of action of the NBA playoffs, where we've seen game-winning shots, seven overtimes, comebacks and flat out meltdowns. It really has been a roller coaster ride.
But instead of using those words to describe the playoffs, they are being used to describe the words that came out of the mouth of one Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.
I'm sure you've heard by now that the octogenarian owner was recorded having a conversation with his girlfriend, where he plainly and blatantly told her that he didn't like her putting pictures of her with Black people (e.g. Magic Johnson) on her Instagram page for the world to see. He also went on to say other racist things such as:
“It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with Black people.”
“You can sleep with them, you can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it on that and not to bring them to my games.”
"I support them and give them food, clothes, cars and houses. Who gives it to them? "
The last quote was in reference to the Black athletes on the Clippers.
There are so many angles, thoughts and emotions that are bubbling inside of me that can't be contained in the 400 words that are allotted for this article. What should have been another exciting weekend of NBA playoffs has been turned into yet another frustrating debate on race in this country, and it happens in the arena of sports where we just want to yell, scream, and celebrate and not be bogged down with "real life" things.
The bottom line is this. Do we really need instances like this to remind ourselves that racism still exists? No. This country is only 50 years removed from invoking an act that outlawed the discrimination of any kind. 50 years?! On July 4 of this year this country celebrates 238 years of independence!
The numbers don't lie, they just reinforce the notion, in my opinion that Blacks and other minorities have a long way to go to reach any level of equality in this country. Strides have been made, cases won, hurdles jumped over. But when instances like this Donald Sterling situation often remind us that there is still a lot of work to be done.