Within hours after TMZ Sports published an audio tape last Friday apparently involving Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Tokowitz Sterling angrily making alleged racist remarks during a private, heated argument earlier this month with his then-girlfriend/mistress, V. Stiviano, the reactions on the Internet, from former and current NBA players, the league itself, civil rights leaders, black celebs, and, later, even from President Barack Hussein Obama, came fast and furiously.
What incensed Sterling was Ms. Stiviano, a black-Mexican model denounced by Mrs. Rochelle Stein Sterling as a “golddigger,” posting a photo (since removed) on Instagram featuring her posing with NBA great Magic Johnson at a Clippers’ game.
Shortly after the tape hit the fan, and without verification that the recorded voice on the tape was even Sterling’s, brickbats came flying in the owner’s direction:
–NBA spokesman Mike Bass weighed in by saying the comments were “disturbing and offensive;”
–Miami Heat star LeBron James called them “appalling,” said he wasn’t sure if he would play the rest of the NBA playoffs if he was a Clipper, and added, “There’s no room for Donald Sterling in the NBA;”
–L.A. Lakers’ MVP Kobe Bryant, who was accused in 2003 of raping a 19 year old in Colorado and paying her off, tweeted, “I couldn’t play for him;”
–Famed Philadelphia 76ers power forward, “Sir Charles” Barkley, declared, “You can’t have this guy making statements like that. He [NBA commissioner Adam Silver] has to suspend him and fine him immediately;”
–Magic Johnson, the man sort of at the center of the controversy, expressed outraged “disappointment” with Donald Sterling and contended it was time for Sterling to sell the Clippers.
–The always rabid Snoop Dogg got into the act, ripping the owner as a “racist piece of s**t” and the always race-baiting Al Sharpton threatened to take his troops into the steets in protest . . .
I guess Sterling is fortunate that no one, so far, has called for his lynching!
Though this will no doubt deeply annoy Sterling’s offended critics, based on the excerpts of the eighty year old Sterling’s rant against the 20-something Stiviano as published on TMZ.com, there is little if anything that can reasonably be characterized as racist in what he said.
If we agree with the generally accepted definition of racist as someone who believes every race possesses certain characteristics specific to that race which distinguish it as inferior or superior to other races and discriminates against someone of a different race because of a belief that one’s own race is superior, Sterling clearly comes across as a bullying boor but hardly as a “racist.”
Consider the TMZ excerpts:
– “It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?” (3:30)
– “You can sleep with [black people]. 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.” (5:15)
– “I’m just saying, in your lousy f******* Instagrams, you don’t have to have yourself with, walking with black people.” (7:45)
– “Don’t put him [Magic] on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. And don’t bring him to my games.” (9:13)
Sterling obviously doesn’t personally like Magic Johnson but doesn’t care if his paramour has sex with black men as long as she doesn’t advertise her relationships and bring them to “his” games–which is far more the reflection of a cranky old man jealous of the guys young Ms. Stiviano hangs out with than a racist.
If he were in fact racist, with all his money, why did he choose a half-black girl as his mistress when he could have had any number of pretty white girls to take to bed and fake caring for him?
Albeit they wouldn’t consent because of his good looks but due to his wealth and what he could do for them the next morning and quite probably he had the help of a little, blue pill, none of which make Don Stirling a racist.
Beset on all sides by the NBA, abused by his estranged wife of 57 years, dumped by his main squeeze, denied the NAACP’s “Life Achievement Award,” dissed by the team he owns, Stirling has belatedly tendered his apology for words he says he didn’t say but it’s too late for that.
Guilty or not, he will be sacrificed on the altar of political correctness, a sacrificial altar reserved for white sinners that excludes black reprobates.
Not that it will change anything but in its definition of “racist,” UrbanDictionary.com puts the whole Stirling-Stiviano-racism affair in a unique perspective: “If you’re a white man, this is what you are. It doesn’t even matter if your wife is black and you have an adopted child from India, or how many black friends you have, somehow you’re going to end up being a racist according to how the media portrays the white man as “racist whities.” All of this is funny because the white man is the one that is stereotyped as being racist, which is hypocrisy at its best. It’s racist to assume that white men are racists.”
Despite all his faults, including his reputation as a deep-pockets Democrat Party donor and the fact he is an Obama supporter, I personally wish Donald Tokowitz Sterling all the best. He’ll need all the good wishes he can get.