23 Quotes That Perfectly Explain Racism (To People Who Don’t “See Color”) by Erin Cossetta, thoughtcatalog.com
Excellent commentary by the MinistryofTruth from the Dailykos.com web site.
"I meet you all the time. You hate Obama. You hate gay people. You hate black people, immigrants, Muslims, labor unions, women who want the right to make choices concerning their bodies, you hate em all. You hate being called racist. You hate being called a bigot. Maybe if you talked about creating jobs more than you talk about why you hate gay people we wouldn't call you bigots. Maybe if you talked about black people without automatically assuming they are on food stamps while demanding their birth certificates we wouldn't call you racist. You hate socialism and social justice. You hate regulations and taxes and spending and the Government. You hate.
You like war. You like torture. You like Jesus. I don't know how in the hell any of that is compatible, but no one ever accused you haters of being over-committed to ideological consistency. You like people who look like you or at least hate most of the things that you hate. You hate everything else.
Now, I know you profess to love our country and the founding fathers (unless you are reminded that they believed in the separation of church and state), but I need to remind you that America is NOT what Fox News says it is. America is a melting pot, it always has been. We are a multi-cultural amalgamation of all kinds of people, and yet you still demonize everyone who is not a rich, white, heterosexual Christian male or his submissive and obedient wife.
You hate liberals, moderates, hell, anyone who disagrees with Conservative dogma as espoused by Fox News and Rush Limbaugh. You hate’em.
Well, here are the facts, Jack. If you hate the Government then you are unqualified to manage it. If you hate gay people more than you love America than you should take your own advice and get the hell out. There are several countries that are openly hostile to gay people, but they are full of brown people and you don't like them much either from what I understand. It looks like you are screwed, but that's not what I am here to tell you.
Now that you have thrown everything and the kitchen sink at President Obama and it still hasn't worked you are panicking. Obama's approval ratings are still near 50% despite your best efforts to undermine the economy and America's recovery at every step you can. You tried to hold the American economy hostage to force America into default on its' debts, debts that YOU rang up under Bush, so you could blame it on Obama and it failed. You've used the filibuster more than any other Congress ever, going so far as to vote against providing health care access to 9/11 first responders. You remember 9/11, don't you, it's that thing you used to lie us into a war in Iraq, and then when Obama killed Bin Laden and ended the war in Iraq you told people that he hates America and wants the troops to fail. You monsters. You hate Obama with a passion, despite the fact that he is a tax cutting, deficit reducing war President who undermines civil rights and delivers corporate friendly watered down reforms that benefit special interests just like a Republican. You call him a Kenyan. You call him a socialist. You dance with your hatred singing it proudly in the rain like it was a 1950's musical.
Frankly, you disgust me. Your hatred nauseates me. Your bigotry offends me. Your racism revolts me.
Dear haters, I am openly questioning your patriotism. I think you hate gays, Obama, black people, poor people, all of us, women, atheists and agnostics, Latinos, Muslims, Liberals, all of us, I think you hate every one who isn't exactly like you, and I think you hate us more than you love your country.
I think you hate gay soldiers more than you want America to win its wars. I don't even think you want America to win wars, you just want America to have wars, never ending wars and the war profiteering it generates. You love that kind of spending, you love spending on faith based initiatives and abstinence based sex education (George Carlin would have loved that one), you love spending on subsidies for profitable oil corporations, you spend like drunken sailors when you are in the White House, but if it is a Democrat then suddenly you cheer when America doesn't get the Olympics because it might make the black President look bad. But oooh you love your country, you say, and you want it back. Well listen here skippy, it isn't your country, you don't own it, it is our country, and America is NOT the religiously extremist Foxbots who hate science, elitist professors and having a vibrant and meaningful sex life with someone we love if Rick Santorum doesn't approve of it. Rick Santorum isn't running for America's fucking high school dance chaperone, he should probably just shut the hell up about sex, but he can't because he has nothing else to run on.
Republicans can NOT win on the issues. They've got NOTHING. All they have is a divide and conquer class war that pits ignorant racist and bigoted people against the rest of us in a meaningless battle of wedge issues and the already proven to fail George W. Bush agenda again of tax cuts for the rich, deregulation, privatization and war profiteering and nothing else, so all they can do is blame black people, gays the government, anybody and everyone else for their own failings. The party of personal responsibility, my ass. But they love multi-national corporations, just ask a gay hating and racist religious extremist if they think Corporations are people and they will gladly agree, but if you ask them if gay people are people they aren't so sure.
Dear haters, you are the cruel, heartless misinformed assholes who would sell America out to Haliburton in a heartbeat, you would rather pay ZERO taxes than you would see a newly born baby get access to quality health care, you cheer when we discuss denying health care to young people with preventable diseases, and you boo when we discuss the First Ladies plan to cut back on childhood obesity. You are a cross to carry and a flag to wrap yourself in away from being the people who Sinclair Lewis warned us about, but I guarantee that if Fox News told you to dress that way you would, because you are the same blind, ignorant and closed minded dunces who drove this country into a civil war years ago because you are bound to the notion that some men are more equal than others. In short, the reason I proudly wear my union army hat is because of seditious sell outs like you who constantly fuck over working class Americans so a foreign entrepreneur like Rupert Murdoch can get a bigger tax break. If corporations are people, they are neither American patriots nor capable of love. Just like you.
So stop wearing your hate with pride. Stop celebrating your anti-science, anti-math ignorance. Stop using code words to mask your bigotry like "family values", especially when you hate my family and when you stand on the same stage as a guy who has had three marriages or if you share a seat in the Senate with a guy who cheated on his wife with hookers while wearing diapers. You should be ashamed. I know that you are just doing this to motivate your misinformed hate cult base because if they actually knew that your ideas will make them poorer than they are now, they would never vote for you. You are doing your best to impoverish your countrymen so rich people can get bigger tax breaks and you can keep on delivering corporate welfare to the special interests who have bribed you, and I am disgusted by the way you gleefully parade your hatred with aplomb. I don't think you do love America. At least, not as much as you hate everyone in America who isn't exactly like you.
You should think about that, and maybe get some help. And for the record, I do not hate you. I am embarrassed by you and nauseated by your cruel and thoughtless behavior and your all consuming greed, but I do not hate you. I forgive you and I hope you can change someday, but I don't hate you. You have enough hate in you for the rest of us as it is." Great words.
My words…Hatred and racism in this country are now interchangeable words. Racists and haters can say what they will, their hatred is racial and their racism is obvious. When you call them out for their obvious core racist attitudes, they blame you for using the race card. Guess what? I am using the race card. Many of you are racists and haters and one word/term/description is just like the other. Suffice it to say, We Know!!!
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
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For those who missed Freedom Summer try and catch it on PBS repeat schedule. Several points. First, you have to be impressed with the courage and bravery of those who waded into that Den of Racism called Mississippi. The American Institution of Racism and its committed followers.
How Ironic on this day as hundreds of Freedom Summer Veterans (and other Civil Rights Movement veterans) are gathering in Mississippi for the next few days to commemorate the 50 year Anniversary of Freedom Summer, voter registration is again front an center but this time for a different reason.
How ironic Republicants had to 'count' on registered Black voters voting for a Republicant to save Thad Cochran's "hide" and also save the state from the possible election of a very vile racist tea party candidate. Cochran was strictly the lesser evil… which is how Blacks have been grading and voting for Racist White Candidates for decades in the South.
Cochran now moves on to face former Democratic Congressman Travis Childers in the general election, a race Cochran enters as the prohibitive favorite in this reddest of red-state Mississippi. Although Childers has a chance, this is still Mississippi. But who knows?
Michael Denzel Smith is an exceptional writer who writes for thenation.com. He absolutely gets it. Although this study is another the "discovery" of racism, it is an example of the created fabric of vile bias/bigotry against someone based on the color of their skin. Most Whites believe racism is a thing of the past…at least that is what they would like to believe. Everyday the American Institution of Racism created by White America rears its ugly virulent head and tries to win. It has an impressive track record, yet those who fight racism know it is a long journey and a long struggle.
Smith's words…"I read and write about issues of racism on a near daily basis, so I probably didn’t need a study to tell me that people don’t understand how racism works. But it helps.
University of California, Berkeley, professor Clayton R. Critcher and University of Chicago professor Jane L. Risen have published a study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology that shows when “non-African-Americans—whites, Asians and Hispanics—who had seen images of successful black Americans were less likely to believe that systemic racism persists,” according to The Hufffington Post. The study’s abstract reads: “After incidental exposure to Blacks who succeeded in counterstereotypical domains (e.g., Brown University President Ruth Simmons, Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison), participants drew an automatic inference that race was not a success-inhibiting factor in modern society.”
Seeing images of successful black people makes others think racism doesn’t exist. That’s hardly surprising. Not much is when it comes to racism. But it underscores what’s so frustrating about our “national conversation on race.” People come to the table not understanding what racism is.
It’s not entirely their fault. Race Forward’s “Moving the Race Conversation Forward” report from January showed that “two-thirds of race-focused media coverage fails to consider how systemic racism factors into the story, instead typically focusing upon racial slurs and other types of personal prejudice and individual-level racism.” The result is the understanding of racism as a personal obstacle to be overcome, rather than a system of oppression rooted in white supremacy.
We aren’t closer to correcting that narrative when we celebrate the individuals who manage to “succeed” despite racism’s entrenchment. The impulse is understandable. Those individuals can serve as reminders of what is possible in the face of hopelessness. But individual symbols of progress seduce us into believing the system is fundamentally fair.
LeRoi Jones (later to be known as Amiri Baraka) addressed this in his 1962 essay “Tokenism: 300 Years for Five Cents”:
There are almost 20,000,000 Negroes in the United States. One of these 20 million has been given a two-dollar raise and promoted to a clerical job that my two-year-old daughter could probably work out without too much trouble. And we are told that this act is symbolic of the ‘gigantic strides the Negro has taken since slavery….
Somehow, and most especially in the United States, the fact that more Negroes can buy new Fords this year than they could in 1931 is supposed to represent some great stride forward. To where? How many new Fords will Negroes have to own before police in Mississippi stop using police dogs on them. How many television sets and refrigerators will these same Negroes have to own before they are allowed to vote without being made to live in tents, or their children allowed decent educations?
Symbols aren’t meaningless, but they are never strong enough to dismantle systems of oppression on their own. And as this recent study shows, they have the ability to convince people that those systems don’t even exist. If we’re having trouble getting to the first step acknowledging racism as a system of oppression, the prospects of actually undoing and replacing that system appear bleak."
Don't think this study is only for Whites. Blacks also need to know how racism works. Some Blacks forget they are Black and somehow are under the misapprehension the face looking back at them in the mirror is not Black. Maybe one day.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
"Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole."
In this day of electronic writing, blogging and journalism you occasionally read a commentary which is not only brilliant but literally blows you "out of the water". 'The Case for Reparations' by Ta-Nehisi Coates in one of those "pieces".
When you talk about reparations for Blacks in this country, the immediate reaction is incredulous laughter. Yet after they were kidnapped from Africa, Africans were immersed in a system of racism this Christian country had never seen but was willing to accept and endorse based on skin color. Thus the American Institution of Racism and its major (at the time) by-product of slavery was ushered into existence. When slavery ended, slaves were simply told you are free. Freedom is always good, no one should wallow in the ego-driven and racist driven process of living in chains. But no property..no money…no clothes nothing and newly freed slaves were expected to go out and have a good day?
Excerpt…."The early American economy was built on slave labor. The Capitol and the White House were built by slaves. President James K. Polk traded slaves from the Oval Office. The laments about ‘black pathology,’ the criticism of black family structures by pundits and intellectuals, ring hollow in a country whose existence was predicated on the torture of black fathers, on the rape of black mothers, on the sale of black children. An honest assessment of America’s relationship to the black family reveals the country to be not its nurturer but its destroyer."
- It acknowledges the fundamental injustice and inhumanity of slavery
- It establishes a commission to study slavery, its subsequent racial and economic discrimination against freed slaves;
- It studies the impact of those forces on today's living African Americans; and
- The commission would then make recommendations to Congress on appropriate remedies to redress the harm inflicted on living African Americans.
Coates article is brilliantly researched and written and takes the reparations conversation many steps beyond casual comments.
In the 20th century, the cause of reparations was taken up by a diverse cast that included the Confederate veteran Walter R. Vaughan, who believed that reparations would be a stimulus for the South; the black activist Callie House; black-nationalist leaders like “Queen Mother” Audley Moore; and the civil-rights activist James Forman. The movement coalesced in 1987 under an umbrella organization called the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA). The NAACP endorsed reparations in 1993. Charles J. Ogletree Jr., a professor at Harvard Law School, has pursued reparations claims in court.
But while the people advocating reparations have changed over time, the response from the country has remained virtually the same. “They have been taught to labor,” the Chicago Tribune editorialized in 1891. “They have been taught Christian civilization, and to speak the noble English language instead of some African gibberish. The account is square with the ex‑slaves.”
Not exactly. Having been enslaved for 250 years, black people were not left to their own devices. They were terrorized. In the Deep South, a second slavery ruled. In the North, legislatures, mayors, civic associations, banks, and citizens all colluded to pin black people into ghettos, where they were overcrowded, overcharged, and undereducated. Businesses discriminated against them, awarding them the worst jobs and the worst wages. Police brutalized them in the streets. And the notion that black lives, black bodies, and black wealth were rightful targets remained deeply rooted in the broader society. Now we have half-stepped away from our long centuries of despoilment, promising, “Never again.” But still we are haunted. It is as though we have run up a credit-card bill and, having pledged to charge no more, remain befuddled that the balance does not disappear. The effects of that balance, interest accruing daily, are all around us.
In 2001, the Associated Press published a three-part investigation into the theft of black-owned land stretching back to the antebellum period. The series documented some 406 victims and 24,000 acres of land valued at tens of millions of dollars. The land was taken through means ranging from legal chicanery to terrorism. “Some of the land taken from black families has become a country club in Virginia,” the AP reported, as well as “oil fields in Mississippi” and “a baseball spring training facility in Florida.”
Again "The Case for Reparations" by Ta-Nehisi Coates (theatlantic.com) is a truly outstanding and epic article. It is well worth the investment of time.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
To the Right Wing Media Racists ….and other Media Racists masquerading as moderates/liberal/whatevers … who have Heartburn when Blacks talk about racism and call racists out for their racism.
This is a racist country, but Black folks are not going anywhere. We have earned the right to stay and fight for who we are and that is exactly what we will do. We will only make the trip back to Africa, when you return to the country of your ancestors. In fact, some of us were here before you, even as slaves. You remember slavery don't you? The Christian American Institution that made a Black race of people work for a White Race of people for free because they could. Now, for core racist attitudes throughout the media. Most in the Media do not have a clue about racism because most in the media are not Black, and most Blacks…not all…but most will not talk about racism if it slapped them between the eyes. They are not isolated. Blacks in…let's say positions of some privilege and even Black elected officials …have decided, to ignore racism and go along to get along. So racists in the media continue because they know some Blacks and Whites will look the other way. Remember silence in the face of wrong shows complicity.
Sobering thought for Right Wing Racist and Traditional and Local Media….Some of us, not all, but some of us will talk about racism and point fingers at you for following the racist playbook and continue to fight for our birthright. Blacks have lived through the racism of this country going back to slavery…and we are still here. We will fight and continue to fight against those who use skin color as a disqualification for equality and fair treatment. We have fought racism for years…we are fighting racism now…we will continue to fight racism…some of us anyway. Those who will not fight, do not know or realize they are Black.
So get angry with the Black Attorney General of the United States and the Black First Lady of the United States for speaking the truth in their hearts and minds. Get angry and stay angry if you must. Your anger does not change one thing. Remember they, like many of us, have seen you at your racist worst!
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
These are not my words. This passage comes from RMUSE writing on the Politicususa.com website (one of my favorites). It is an excerpt from his article entitled "Eric Holder Calls Out the Rampant Subtle Racism in American Culture" and captures where we are in this country today.
"No American in their right mind can claim with a straight face this nation is not rampantly racist whether it is manifest in Republican opposition to President Obama, George Zimmerman stalking and murdering Trayvon Martin, education leaders closing poor schools in minority neighborhoods, or law enforcement racially profiling and the criminal justice system disproportionally incarcerating African American males. It is worth noting America’s racism has been encouraged and tolerated as white supremacy permeated the population. Even after a Civil War, the 14th Amendment, the now-dead Voting Rights Act, desegregation and the Civil Rights movement, the time for intolerance of racism in any form is at hand. Anything less is supporting racial bigotry/hatred that came back in vogue in January 2009 and remains popular because those who oppose it are silent."
The Struggle Continues.RLHSR.
This Saturday, May 17, marks the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision that formally outlawed racial segregation in public schools. The case was heralded then, as it is now, as a watershed moment in American history. The culmination of a NAACP strategy masterminded by unsung heroes such as Charles Hamilton Houston and Constance Baker Motley, Brown reversed the white supremacist legal reasoning behind Plessy v. Ferguson, the infamous 1896 SCOTUS ruling that “separate but equal” was legally just and constitutional.
Blacks rejoiced in Brown’s aftermath, while hopeful segregation was seeing its racist education policy death knell in the South. But this was not to be. School segregation and southern racism had no intent on dying a resolute death. Cities closed down public schools and set up all-white segregation academies. Southern states resurrected their racist companion, the old Confederate battle flag, as a reminder the South continued was still fighting the Civil War. Many White parents who could afford to, sent their children to private school or the moved to other states.
Despite the Supreme Court’s clarification, a year later, public schools should be integrated with “all deliberate speed,” it would take more than two decades for America to witness and experience actual school desegregation. Most of this took place, supported by federal court orders, in local communities far away from the spotlight of racial shame, violence and infamy that shone on Little Rock Central High School in 1957 or Boston in 1974. By the 1970s, some of America’s most racially segregated school districts had achieved a level of racial integration that was previously unimagined.
But since then, a curious element of our national civil rights history has gripped our progressive narrative of racial integration. As we have witnessed with recent Supreme Court voting-rights decisions, we are, at our core, a nation of backsliders. As Pro Publica reports, the resegregation of American public schools started in earnest in the 1980s as Justice Department officials started to let local districts handle their own affairs regarding racial balance in public schools.
Over the past two decades, the number of black and Latino children attending racially segregated schools has increased by more than 600,000. This stark contrast with racial integration’s empirical heyday of the 1970s has forced many to question Brown’s legacy. Fair enough.
If the point of school integration was to have racially balanced schools that would equitably distribute resources—and thus opportunities—to poor black children in the United States, then Brown’s legacy is indeed in jeopardy. One underdiscussed aspect of racial integration, both in public schools and society at large, was the impact on black educators, businesses and neighborhoods. Racial integration came, in many black communities, at the cost of jobs, dignity and respect for once-proud all-black institutions that had thrived during the earlier era of Jim Crow.
Resegregation has left many blacks between a rock and a hard place, with little or no access to predominantly white educational institutions, and facing the decline of historically black colleges, universities and other institutions that once offered solace during times when segregation went unchallenged.
In many respects, the most important aspect of Brown is the idea behind the decision itself. The admission that racial apartheid not only flourished in America but was also illegal and unconstitutional represented a political and moral victory that helped shape modern race relations. This acknowledgment of racial injustice by courts, however, cuts both ways.
For some, racism is real only if legal or political entities are compelled to recognize its existence. Although this acknowledgment came about quite often during the civil rights movement’s heyday, contemporary political and legal institutions have comfortably adopted a theoretically “colorblind” racism strategy that requires a Donald Sterling-like smoking gun as evidence of racial animus, or else all claims of bias and discrimination are willfully denied.
Ultimately, Brown’s most important legacy is one of grassroots political resistance. Long after the legal battles were fought, black parents, children and teachers bravely faced mobs, violence and death threats to ensure better opportunities for themselves and future generations. That struggle—which is ongoing in the 21st century and more vital now than ever—is the one that must be honored during this year of commemoration and long after. (Some material excerpted from the Grio.com)
Private schools set up to avoid Integration back in the day were called segregation academies. Today, some private schools, some church schools, and some charter schools have more sophisticated names, but they still quack like segregation academies.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
From the article …“Despite repeated statements that he served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Rep. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) was actually living out of harm’s way at home in South Carolina, where he was processing wills and other paperwork for the Air Force during the entire course of the conflict.
On his official web site, Graham describes himself as “an Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm veteran.” Other biographies he has written read similarly. According to numerous military experts The Hill contacted, Graham has no legitimate claim to being called a veteran of the conflict.
Lindsey Graham will lie about anything in order to keep his seat. He lied about his military service, just like he is lying about Benghazi. Sen. Graham had it right the first time. He is a lying, disrespectful, scumbag who doesn’t belong in the United States Senate.”
My Comments…White Racists Will Never Respect a Black President. Lindsey Graham and his Asshole minions have never respected President Obama and never will. They are Southern White Racists still fighting the Civil War and are licking their “We lost the War” wounds. To have a Black Male in the White House before some of them even made the “White House queue” has ripped some of their soulless hearts out, and they cannot stand it.
Why comment on it? Because racism is real, racists are real, and you never allow racists to get away with cowardly throwing a rock and hiding their hands. Many Blacks do not understand the need to call out racists and some Blacks even play footsies with racists as if their racism does not matter. Teachable Alert!!! House Niggers…White Racists still think of you as a nigger no matter your station in life…where you live…where you work…and how much you think you have arrived. Your playing the role of a Wannabee means nothing to them. You showing them how loyal you are means nothing to them. So you might as well recognize there is a Black face looking back at you in the mirror before you forget how you really look. Black elected officials, this applies to you too!
Last word Racists, we know you are racists and some of us…not all…but some of us will call you racists everyday…along with a few other well-placed adjectives. Why? Because you deserve the recognition.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
The Saga of Donald Sterling is really not a conundrum and it certainly is not surprising. It is not confusing nor is it difficult. It is Racism. I am always amused with so-called White liberals and Black handkerchief-head Niggers showing their shock at racism and core racist attitudes. Why is anyone surprised at the racism among the 1% and the Slave/Slavery Mentality which continually exists in this country? Racism in upscale “closed clubs” and exclusive “clubs” has been in existence for years. You do not get more exclusive than the fraternity of 1 per centers who own sport teams… the NFL…the NBA…MLB…and the like.
Racism has existed in this country's professional sport teams for years. Remember Jackie Robinson did not integrate baseball until 1947… Charles Henry "Chuck" Cooper, Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton, and Earl Lloyd integrated professional basketball in 1950…and the Washington Redskins(?) did not get its first Black team player until 1962 when they drafted their first Black player, RB Ernie Davis who was subsequently traded to the Cleveland Browns for future Hall of Famer, Bobby Mitchell. They were the last NFL team to have had an all-white roster due to owner George Marshall's racist views who once said, "We'll start signing Negroes when the Harlem Globetrotters start signing whites." And then there is golf and the golf country clubs. Another Story …Another Day.
Let us not forget another American Institution of Racism…the political arena. Can you say the United States Senate and the various As Yet United States of America who export their racist senators to Washington DC? Another Story…Another Day. Of course, racism is never uncomfortable until it is exposed and until it gets expensive, and even then there is a high degree of toleration among other wealthy racists.
Note this from the Washington Post…
“The Donald Sterling who is dominating headlines and drawing widespread condemnation for allegedly saying a metric ton of racist things is the same Donald Sterling who has a long, long, long history of being accused of saying or doing offensive things. So why is this time — and why are these particular remarks — different? Why has the world suddenly discovered Donald Sterling?
It’s useful to step back for a moment and remember that this is not a sudden, heretofore unknown side of Sterling being unearthed. Rather, this is just the first time Sterling’s behavior has been the subject of quite so much scrutiny, shining for the first time the brightest possible light on his extensive and unbelievable history.
Consider that Bomani Jones wrote a story headlined “Sterling’s racism should be news” in 2006. Again: 2006. Eight years and 351 losses by the Clippers ago. Jones wrote this after Sterling was sued for housing discrimination. In the lawsuit, Sterling was accused of refusing to rent apartments to black people. (This followed a different lawsuit filed in 2003 alleging that Sterling tried to drive out black and Hispanic tenants, a suit that was settled with an undisclosed financial settlement that was believed to be quite sizable.) As Jones pointed out, the story didn’t really draw much attention at the time.
Sterling was ordered in 2009 to pay a $2.725 million settlement, the largest ever obtained by the Justice Department for such a housing discrimination case. (Sterling and his wife denied any wrongdoing.) That same year, former Clippers executive and NBA Hall of Fame member Elgin Baylor filed a lawsuit alleging decades of racist behavior by Sterling. Among other things, the suit claimed that Sterling said things like “I’m offering a lot of money for a poor black kid,” and said he wanted the team to be made up of “poor black boys from the South” with a white coach. (The racial claims were dropped before the trial; a jury rejected the lawsuit in 2011.)
The other stories are plentiful. Sterling allegedly using a racial slur when talking with a head coaching candidate during the early 1980s. Sterling testifying about paying a woman for sex. Here’s someone who worked at a building Sterling owned saying in sworn testimony that he heard Sterling say the following: “I don’t like Mexican men because they smoke, drink and just hang around the house.” (Peater Keating’s story for ESPN The Magazine in 2009 outlined a lengthy array of things Sterling was accused of saying; in the story, Keating noted that Sterling’s behavior was largely not being covered by the media.)”
Then there are those who pay lip service to racism, study racism and then massage it to death. Racism is an American institution set in motion with the Good Old Racist American Institution of Slavery. You remember slavery? When America kidnapped Africans from Africa to work for free. The Slavery which America has never apologized. And of course every year we all get excited about the Emancipation Proclamation. You remember the Emancipation Proclamation? When America decided to take off the physical chains and bonds of slavery and then said in passing, “Slaves are free”. Free? With no money…no housing…no horse and buddy … and no 40 acres and a mule which, by the way, racist President Andrew Johnson rescinded when he became president. Reparations? You remember reparations don’t you? Payment for the centuries of slavery and working for free that America laughs about.
So now we wait for the NBA Commissioner to decide how he will speak for other racists in the NBA Racism Club and how they intend to “punish” a racist member. HUH? Mark Cuban say it is a slippery slope and NBA owners need to proceed carefully while making a decision purely based on the words of one of the members of their Racist Clubs. Mark apparently has not read the extensive Sterling dossier. Well Mark, guess what? Racism is a slippery slope and has been for some time.
What happens in the Sterling case short term and long term is anyone’s guess. As Black people, we know the NBA will not do the right thing because it is the right thing to do. There has to be an embarrassment of a financial toll. On racial issues, America has never done the right thing because it is the right thing to do. When you understand the civil rights movement, you understand the constant pressure of demonstrating against segregation and racism and making them financially and politically expensive which eventually led to some changes. Of course with some of those changes Blacks slinked into a comfort mode feeling the fight against racism and for equality is all over and done. White liberals point to the election of President Obama as ample proof racism is over and done. Yet every day we see hard evidence racism is NOT over and done. I have always said going back to the streets is still very much on the “things to return to” horizon. By the way, stop spending our money with those entities that support and protect racism is also on the “things to return to”. It will take that because some of us are much too comfortable when it comes to racism.
The Struggle still continues.RLHSR.