Update: NBA imposes lifetime ban on Sterling, $2.5 million fine. “Sterling may not attend any NBA games or practices, be present at any Clippers office or facility, or participate in any business”.
A physically hideous married rich guy on the phone with a young physically ugly girlfriend reminds us all of the long lost art of the Big Media feeding frenzy. The world is falling apart but Big Media is frenziedly feeding on the private phone call obnoxiousness of an 80 year old troll and his goading younger girlfriend.
Donald Sterling who owns a basketball team comprised of mostly black males made racist comments in private, which became public, and now the frenzy of feeding Big Media types and just about everyone else is in full swing. Sponsor companies of his team are dumping the team, there are attacks on him from just about everyone including Barack Obama and his pig friend Oprah. Even Don Imus of the “nappy headed hos” scandal is going after Sterling in an effort to prove how non-racist he now is.
How this physical grotesquerie has a girlfriend appears not to be an issue. How this monstrously ugly man managed to wrangle a wife is not an issue. We imagine his wealth has something to do with his allure.
The allure of wealth not only snared a wife and girlfriend. Sterling’s wealth got him awards and adulation from corruptions such as the NAACP.
The NAACP used to be a worthwhile organization. Now the NAACP just raises money to keep itself in business. The corruption called the NAACP, just like most mainstream organizations which purport to help this or that cause/group, is really only in it for itself. Donald Sterling was an NAACP favorite because Sterling gave them money:
Sterling had been a prominent donor to the NAACP chapter for more than a decade. He ran newspaper ads touting his charity’s generosity to L.A. organizations that help the poor communities.
But the real estate magnate had just paid $2.73 million to settle U.S. government claims that he refused to rent his apartments to Latinos and blacks in Koreatown. [snip]
The organization decided to go ahead give him the award. And in May, it was set to hand him a second honor as part of a gala marking the NAACP’s 100th anniversary. [snip]
“We deal with the actual character of the person as we see it and as it is displayed,” he said.
Jenkins said NAACP officials spoke with Sterling in 2009 about the housing discrimination case as well as a suit that NBA great Elgin Baylor filed accusing Sterling of racism when he ousted Baylor as general manager.
Baylor claimed that the organization had a “plantation mentality” in a deposition, and that Sterling rejected a coaching candidate, Jim Brewer, because he was black.
Jenkins said the NAACP officials told Sterling: “If any of the allegations in those lawsuits are true, you need to pay those people, you need to make amends.”
The mentality and character betrayed by the NAACP in the comments of Jenkins is one of race hustlers out to make a buck. Want to wash away charges of racism? Pay, baby, pay.
In 2008 Harry Reid referred to Barack Obama as a potential winner because he was “light-skinned” and had “no negro dialect”. There was no Big Media feeding frenzy. Harry Reid flaunted his racist mentality but by supporting Barack Obama he got a get-out-of-jail-free card. Since 2008 Harry Reid has said and done many things worthy of a Big Media feeding frenzy but thus far not even a sign of a nibble.
Harry Reid is not alone in doing and saying as he pleases without risk of a Big Media feeding frenzy. It is usually those that beat their chests the most about not being racists that do the darnest things:
The Unbearable Whiteness of the American Left
At a panel titled “Grassroots Organizing” at the Network for Public Education conference in Austin in March, an audience member asked the all-white panel for its definition of “grassroots.” The conference had been called to “give voice to those opposing privatization, school closings, and high-stakes testing.”
As the questioner pointed out, those disproportionately affected by these developments are poor and minority communities. Chicago, for example, a city that is one-third white, has a public school system in which 90 percent of the students are children of color and 87 percent come from low-income families. When the city schools shut down last year, 88 percent of the children affected were black; when Philadelphia did the same, the figure was 81 percent.
You’d think black people might have something to contribute to a discussion about that process and how it might be resisted. Yet on this exclusively white panel at this predominantly white conference, they had no voice.
One panelist said he found the question offensive. “I didn’t know it was a racial thing,” he said.
At the end of November 2008 Howard Dean put on the same act as those all white panelists in Austin. Dean feigned he was unaware that the 2008 campaign was mud deep in misogyny because he did not have cable TV! Howard Dean was on an all male post election panel
During this election cycle, Chairman of the Dimocratic Party Howard Dean remained silent on sexism and misogyny but any “racial” statements were quickly condemned even if the “racial” statements were merely hoaxes set up by the Obama campaign. The condemnation of “racist” statements however were not made against the Obama campaign when the barely veiled racism benefited Obama. [SNIP]
Howard Dean attributed his silence on sexism and misogyny to ignorance because he did not get cable television. The Chairman must have missed the sexism and misogyny on broadcast television, in Obama statements, in newspapers, magazines and every conceivable Big Media outlet. The Hillary Clinton “nutcrackers” and the “Bro Before Ho” merchandise must also have escaped the Democratic Chairman from the Democratic Left. The good German did not know what was going on – he did not smell the furnaces burning.
Now that it is convenient, in a forum of only men the Democratic Chairman from the Democratic Left, is attempting to rehabilitate his legacy and excuse his complicity. Asked by a woman at the forum about the lack of discussion of women, in an historic campaign that featured a woman candidate, the men on the panel made more excuses and the Democratic Chairman from the Democratic Left outdid himself in hypocrisy. [Dean begins to speak 3 minutes, 45 seconds into the video]
There was no Big Media feeding frenzy when sexism and misogyny directed at Hillary Clinton and/or Sarah Palin smeared the landscape. None. Instead there were calls to “man up” and not complain directed to these women from Barack Obama campaign affiliated Big Media.
An ugly old man and an ugly young woman get into a racist private conversation and the whole world of Big Media explodes into a feeding frenzy never seen against more deserving culprits. It’s not as if Donald Sterling has much of a future in basketball considering that the majority of his team fans and team players are black.
Granted, we don’t know much about basketball nor do we want to know much about basketball. But we believe we are correct in asserting that basketball fans and players are either (a) not racist; or (b) if racist not willing to be seen as such by their fellow fans or teammates due to the demographics of basketball fans and organizations. Donald Sterling is like a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs – at some point he’s going to have to get out or have his as… er, tail handed to him.
We’re not excusing Donald Sterling or what he has said in private. The fact is that once his remarks became public he has to answer to the ticket buyers of his team and his league.
We’re also not against the Big Media feeding frenzy. t What we lament and loathe is the selecive hypocrisy of this particular feeding frenzy. What we need is more diversity when Big Media goes on a feeding frenzy. Take it away black basketball player and scholar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Why aren’t we also outraged that Donald Sterling was secretly recorded?
And now the poor guy’s girlfriend (undoubtedly ex-girlfriend now) is on tape cajoling him into revealing his racism. Man, what a winding road she led him down to get all of that out. She was like a sexy nanny playing “pin the fried chicken on the Sambo.” She blindfolded him and spun him around until he was just blathering all sorts of incoherent racist sound bites that had the news media peeing themselves with glee.
They caught big game on a slow news day, so they put his head on a pike, dubbed him Lord of the Flies, and danced around him whooping…
Shouldn’t we be equally angered by the fact that his private, intimate conversation was taped and then leaked to the media? Didn’t we just call to task the NSA for intruding into American citizen’s privacy in such an un-American way? Although the impact is similar to Mitt Romney’s comments that were secretly taped, the difference is that Romney was giving a public speech. The making and release of this tape is so sleazy that just listening to it makes me feel like an accomplice to the crime. We didn’t steal the cake but we’re all gorging ourselves on it.
We wouldn’t call him a “poor guy” more like a rich ugly sap. Kareem Abdul Jabbar is right that this does have a whiff of Lord of the Flies. The owner of a Dallas team wants Donald Sterling thrown out but is also aware of the dangers of the thought police:
“What Donald said was wrong,” Cuban said. “It was abhorrent. There’s no place for racism in the NBA, any business I’m associated with, and I don’t want to be associated with people who have that position.
“But at the same time, that’s a decision I make. I think you’ve got to be very, very careful when you start making blanket statements about what people say and think, as opposed to what they do. It’s a very, very slippery slope.
“Again, there’s no excuse for his positions. There’s no excuse for what he said. There’s no excuse for anybody to support racism. There’s no place for it in our league, but there’s a very, very, very slippery slope.
“If it’s about racism and we’re ready to kick people out of the league, OK? Then what about homophobia? What about somebody who doesn’t like a particular religion. What about somebody who’s anti-semitic What about a xenophobe?
“In this country, people are allowed to be morons.”
The totalitarian state wants to control not only your actions but your thoughts. Beware! The danger is even greater when citizens find themselves in agreement with the totalitarian state on a particular issue. “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
We don’t see Donald Sterling as a victim. We don’t see his girlfriend as a victim. Indeed it is we who are victimized by Big Media.
While Big Media whooped around in imitation of the Lord of the Flies we have been deprived since 2008 of legitimate Big Media feeding frenzies.
Recently video tapes of race-baiter Al Sharpton trying to buy kilos of cocaine to sell to black people came out. Shortly after, Barack Obama spoke at an event hosted by Al Sharpton. We needed a feeding frenzy but got not even a bite.
Secretary of State John Kerry found his own unique way of marking Yom HaShaoh – Holocaust Remembrance Day – by proposing that Israel is destined, if it doesn’t make peace with the Palestinians, to become an “apartheid state.”
Speaking to the Trilateral Commission Friday, Kerry said that unless Israel agrees to the birth of the Palestinian state he is feverishly trying to midwife, it will become the 21st century South Africa, according to the Daily Beast.
On Holocaust Remembrance Day the American Secretary of State states in a speech that Israel will be an “apartheid state” and from Big Media all we hear is the gnashing of teeth over a ugly old basketball team owner proving being rich does not mean you necessarily have brains nor decency.
Our modest proposal in the spirit of Jonathan Swift?: Ban basketball from the United States because it is now proven to be a racist game. Get it out of the schools, out of the colleges, out of the White House, and out of our TV sets. Basketball fans won’t like it but hey, we have to fight racism right?
Also, let’s have a Big Media feeding frenzy to force anti-Semite John Kerry to resign. And most importantly we require a Big Media feeding frenzy to force Barack Obama out of office for consorting with known hard drug dealers.
Now that Donald Sterling has demonstrated that Big Media is still capable of conducting a feeding frenzy we want more.