Saturday, May 3, 2014

Donald Sterling

As I am quite sure the entire world knows by now, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling made prejudiced remarks against Americans with dark skin that were recorded. These were subsequently leaked to several tabloids, going viral almost instantly. Less than 3 days after the comments were leaked, the now almost universally hated owner was banned from the NBA will possibly be forced to sell his team. It is truly fascinating, but very scary when you think about it.

First of all, why is no one concerned that he was taped? He may have not said such things if he knew what was going to happen, just like many people who make off-color remarks (which we all do). People don't like it that the NSA is spying on them, but they seem to be just fine with being recorded by others. Talk about a double standard.

Second, why is he being forced out of the NBA for making a comment? Contrary to popular belief, Mr. Sterling is not a racist, as none of his comments suggest that he believes that whites are superior to blacks. More likely than not, he does not like "black culture", which many blacks seem to identify with. I find no fault with that, I also hate "black culture", which is not really a culture at all.

Sterling employs a team that is mostly black, employs a black head coach, and was about to be awarded by the NAACP. I am trying to see how he hates black people. If he is a racist, he is not very good at it.

The First Amendment addresses freedom of speech. As an American, Mr. Sterling has constitutional rights. He made a comment; he did not physically or mentally hurt anyone. If we had to go through what he is going through for make one comment, most people in the world would have nothing. We have really got to drop the whole idea of political correctness. It is not correct and it is not helping anyone either.

I do not agree with the comments Mr. Sterling made, but I do understand where he is coming from and he was well within his rights to say what he said. He should not be banned and he should remain the owner of the Clippers. I will always defend a fellow Americans right, even if I disagree with them.

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