Racism in sports: NBA team owner's racist comments
by lm13 on October 1, 2014 - 8:29pm
The article "LA Clippers Owner Donald Sterling's Racist Rant Caught On Tape: Report (UPDATES)" by Braden Goyette explains the situation in the NBA, where the LA Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, told his girlfriend that he did not want her to hang out with black people at basketball games, nor does he want he to post pictures with them on social media. On the tape, Sterling goes on by telling his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, who has been seen with Magic Johnson at basketball games, that he would rather she spend time with black people in private rather than in public, for the world to see. However, Donald Sterling defends that what is heard on the recording does not reflect or represent himself, his views, his beliefs or his feelings. Nevertheless, this is not the first time Donald Sterling has been heard saying racist comments. As a matter of fact, Sterling was sued in 2005 and 2009 for discriminating against tenants at properties he owned. These tenants were either black or Hispanic people. Moreover, the former Clippers' manager, sued Donald Sterling for racial and age discrimination in 2011, although the lawsuit was not accepted in court.
I have to admit I was shocked when I read Donald Sterling's racist comments. I thought that such beliefs about black people, or Hispanic people, or any other "race" were beliefs of the past. However, this proves the opposite. Sterling's comments show that there are still people, in my opinion, who are narrow-minded and simply cruel. I believe it is cruel to discriminate people based on their skin color, and even worse is the fact that Sterling tries to forbid people in his entourage to reject these people. This situation makes me think about Jane Elliott's experiment with adults, where they intentionally discriminated against blue-eyed people. This experiment showed us that black people go through a lot of cruel things and those who aren't concerned, don't quite realize how much cruelty they are faced with. In the article about Donald Sterling, the writer mentioned many negative comments that Sterling has been heard saying, generalizing about Blacks and Hispanics. These beliefs, in my opinion, are poorly educated comments, because they are simply not true. Not all Blacks smell bad, and not all Hispanics smoke and drink all the time. What I find ironic and that is also mentioned in the article, is that Donald Sterling discriminates against black people, however most of the players on the NBA team he owned at that time, the LA Clippers, are African-American. I find it truly unfortunate that today, in the 21st century, some people still think such horrible things about various groups of people.
Goyette, Braden. (2014, April 24). "LA Clippers Owner Donald Sterling's Racist Rant Caught On Tape: Report (UPDATES)". The Huffington Post. Retrieved September 28, 2014 from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/26/donald-sterling-racist_n_521857...