By Sandra Varner, cross posted from Talk2SV.
Last Sunday, April 27, the world had a bird’s-eye view of Oakland, California. For those of us who call the Bay Area home, we know the beauty of the area–our celebrated cultural and ethnic diversity, our close-to-perfect year-round weather, and our aesthetic topography. This is in stark contrast to the attention to ugly sentiments spewed from a man in an exclusive seat of power and influence, Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, an NBA franchise.
In a show of defiance and solidarity, prior to taking the floor in game four of the first-round playoffs between the Clippers and Golden State Warriors, Clippers teammates elected to toss their logo-embossed jerseys, opting not to promote miscommunication about their allegiance and/or ambivalence shrouded in Sterling’s incendiary rants.
Moreover, we learned that the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP was all set to bestow upon Sterling its coveted lifetime achievement award (though retracted in retrospect), the latter far more explosive, given Sterling’s repeated and documented incidents from an intolerant mindset.
Some dismiss Sterling’s slander as the product of a supposedly bygone era, given his age (80). Truth is, racism is age-old–or is it? Can it be erased with money? That is my question to the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP whose decision to anoint Sterling, prior to discovery, flies in the face of historic legal battles fought and won by the 100-plus-year-old Civil Rights organization.
I need help with this one today…someone please explain before Sterling opens his mouth again.