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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Donald Sterling: And The Story Moves On. What's UP With LA NAACP?

We now know the decision regarding how the NBA would sanction LA Clippers owner, Donald Sterling: Complete and total ban, $2.5 million fine and banishment from all NBA activities (associated with the team). The decision was swift, definitive and appropriately harsh.

v. stiviano instagramThere are many stories related to Sterling's eventual demise. The man has a past that should have led to banishment from ownership of a professional sports franchise with 80% of players of African-American ancestry. His legal entanglements include clear and irrefutable evidence of housing discrimination* should have led to consideration of Sterling as an undesirable NBA owner. Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP press conference regarding Donald Sterling and his racist comments, revealed by his concubine hired help "girlfriend."

A major concern is being quietly glossed over.  Once we get past the reality Sterling's "girlfriend" was akin to a woman for hire, you have to be blind or unwilling to address the serious failings of the Los Angeles Chapter of the NAACP. 

I briefly digress.

Before moving on, and to squash any comment in defense of Sterling's "girlfriend", know that regardless of her social dynamics and how she lives her life, she certainly knew right from wrong. So, she possesses a degree of ethics that will serve a greater good,  And, yes she probably sold the tapes to TMZ. 

Fox News's Megyn Kelly's production team dispatched an Asian reporter to the NBA News conference to ask a question that could only emanate from Fox News.  And, within Fox News such questioning generally comes from a production team that pre-Christmas 2013 dabbled in "White Santa/White Jesus."  Yes, Megyn Kelly continues to seek the highest order of Fox News biased racially oblique reporting and in this case actually appear to seek a defense of Sterling.

“Should someone lose their team for remarks shared in private?” she asked. “Is this a slippery slope?”

Question for Fox News Megyn Kelly. 

"Suppose the tape revealed an intent to perpetrate mass murder, murder, terror, robbery, or child molestation?"

 End digress.

The Los Angeles Chapter of the NAACP? Something is seriously off-center regarding the chapter's management team and motive. Donald Sterling was about to receive a highest achievement award in a matter of weeks. In 2009, the same chapter honored Sterling with a similar award.  If anyone other than the California legal system should have avoided lauding Sterling, it should have been the Los Angeles NAACP.  
Sterling is a billionaire with all accompanying power. I posit, his exercise of financial privilege to secure willing concubines probably also manifest in inclination to throw many for other privilege. I have read Sterling loved to receive awards. There is an intriguing image coming up in a bit.  

Let's explore  the NAACP award from the top.  

A CNN perspective with Tavis Smiley and an official from the National NAACP.

The Los Angeles NAACP press conference. (3:28)  Look closely and remember what you see!

Mother Jones:  "Sterling is a registered Republican"
Take close look!  Do you recognize anyone? Hint: The yawning guy.

Of course, the "yawning guy"may not be the same Los Angeles NAACP official as you and I viewed in the video above. And, if it is the same guy there is certainly the possibility he purchased the front row ticket near the owners seat. Of course, possibilities abound.  However..........

I will end my  curiosity at that point.  But, I will walk away with a strong case of wonderment as to why Sterling was again slated for an achievement honor?

A far less glamorous shot of Sterling's concubine.

* NPR April 28, 2914: "Donald Sterling: A Spotty Reputation further Tarnished"
'No Blacks, No Mexican-Americans'
If you took all of Donald Sterling's racial scandals together, you might have a hard time distinguishing him from a villain in a blaxploitation movie. (Critics would complain that the character was too broadly drawn.)

This story has blown up more than Sterling's other racial controversies, which were almost certainly of more consequence. It's telling of our current media moment: Sterling's record settlement in a federal housing discrimination lawsuit received relatively scant national media attention. But catch someone saying something awful on tape, and the floodgates open.

Sterling made his fortune in real estate — he was the largest landowner in Beverly Hills — but he had a reputation among his tenants of being petty and discriminatory. During a lawsuit, a former employee said Sterling would not rent to blacks, Latinos and people with children, according to a 2009 article in ESPN: The Magazine:
"Cultivating his image, [former employee] Davenport said, meant no blacks, no Mexican-Americans, no children (whom Sterling called 'brats') and no government-housing-subsidy recipients as tenants. So according to the testimony of tenants, Sterling employees made life difficult for residents in some of his new buildings. They refused rent checks, then accused renters of nonpayment. They refused to do repairs for black tenants and harassed them with surprise inspections, threatening residents with eviction for alleged violations of building rules. ... 
"When Sterling first bought the Ardmore, he remarked on its odor to Davenport.   
'That's because of all the blacks in this building, they smell, they're not clean,' he said, according to Davenport's testimony. 'And it's because of all of the Mexicans that just sit around and smoke and drink all day.' He added: "So we have to get them out of here.' Shortly after, construction work caused a serious leak at the complex. When Davenport surveyed the damage, she found an elderly woman, Kandynce Jones, wading through several inches of water in Apartment 121. Jones was paralyzed on the right side and legally blind. She took medication for high blood pressure and to thin a clot in her leg. Still, she was remarkably cheerful, showing Davenport pictures of her children, even as some of her belongings floated around her. ... 
"Davenport reported what she saw to Sterling, and according to her testimony, he asked: 'Is she one of those black people that stink?' When Davenport told Sterling that Jones wanted to be reimbursed for the water damage and compensated for her ruined property, he replied: 'I am not going to do that. Just evict the bitch' ."
During the lawsuit, it was also alleged that Sterling's wife, Rochelle, would show up at their properties and falsely identify herself to tenants as a government official so she could inspect their apartments and inquire about the ethnic backgrounds of the folks therein.
Sterling's subsequent $2.7 million settlement of that lawsuit was the largest-ever payout for housing discrimination in a case brought by the Department of Justice involving rentals. The NBA did not issue any penalties against Sterling related to that case, which was largely ignored by national sports outlets.

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