- The necessary work to be done involves as many of us as possible having the audacity to have real and honest conversations about race, about racism, about skin privileges and skin preferences in our America, still here in the 21st century.
- Part 1: The Sterling Ban: 10 Takeaways From Adam Silver’s and Kevin Johnson’s Press Conferences
- Part 2: #DonaldSterling, Civil Rights, and American Racism
Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
Part 1: The Sterling Ban: 10 Takeaways From Adam Silver’s and Kevin Johnson’s Press Conferences
If this “Donald Sterling moment” is going to matter, it will be because we recognize that racism is not merely about someone saying vile things about Magic Johnson but the power this racist exercised over both his team and the thousands of residents in Los Angeles County who had to live in his residential complexes.
Dave Zirin, The Nation
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver addresses the media during a news conference in New York, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
April 29, 2014 | We learned a great deal today from the back-to-back press conferences of NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and National Basketball Players Association liaison/Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. Let’s count it down.
1. History is made. Donald Sterling, when he was growing up as Donnie Tokowitz in Boyle Heights, always wanted to be a big shot, and now he is: the first major sports owner in the United States to ever be banned for life.
Dave Zirin, The Nation’s sports correspondent, is the author, most recently, of Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down. Named one of UTNE Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World,” Zirin is a frequent guest on MSNBC, ESPN and Democracy Now!
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Part 2: #DonaldSterling, Civil Rights, and American Racism
I … feel we completely fool ourselves, forever, if we actually believe that because the NBA is 80 percent black, the National Football League similarly composed, and because we have Barack Obama in the White House, Oprah and Beyoncé as global icons, tastemakers and trendsetters, that we've somehow made so much progress in America that we live in a post-racial utopia with mere hiccups like Donald Sterling along the way.
Kevin Powell, Huffington Post
04/29/2014 | It was Albert Einstein who said it best, long ago: insanity is saying or doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Well, American racism is a form of insanity, a mental illness, as central to this land as the genocide of Native Americans, the enslavement of African people, and everything from the Civil War to the Civil Rights movement to apple pie and Coca Cola to the tragic murder of Trayvon Martin.
That there is widespread outrage and condemnation of the Los Angeles Clippers' owner for his alleged racist rants on a telephone call with his "girlfriend" (Mr. Sterling is married too) is not surprising. Mr. Sterling disses African Americans, Latinos, and we know for sure, that he has a lengthy track record around housing and other forms of racial discrimination as it concerns communities of color; and that former Clippers executive and NBA Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor documented, in his lawsuit against the owner, quite serious instances of unrepentant racism.
Kevin Powell: Public speaker and activist; author, 'Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan, and the Ghost of Dr. King: Blogs and Essays'
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