Oakland Local

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.

8 thoughts on “NAACP: Has money replaced racism?

  1. Maybe you’re under the impression that the NAACP is an ethical organization?

    In fact, I believe this was to be Sterling’s second time award from the NAACP, which occurred some time after he was charged with racial and sexual discrimination in his housing rentals and employment.

    But the NAACP issue is much bigger than that. How about all the soda being actively pushed in the black community causing untold disease on so many people?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nancy-huehnergarth/minorities-soda-lobby_b_2541121.html

    – In both 2011 and 2012, the Coca-Cola Foundation awarded the NAACP $100,000 for Project H.E.L.P. (Healthy Eating, Lifestyle Change and Physical Activity).

    – In 2011, the Coca-Cola Foundation granted $35,000 to the NAACP New York State Conference for their education initiatives.

    – Coca-Cola and Pepsico were sponsors of the 2011 NAACP New York State Conference 75th Annual Convention.

    – Pepsi was recognized with an NAACP Award in 2010.

    – PepsiCo’s website says it is working with the NAACP to advance national leadership and grassroots activism.

    – NAACP received a Pepsi corporate contribution for “education and inclusion in 2010.

    – Putting it all in perspective, a 2011 article in Houston Style Magazine reports that since 1986, the Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded a total of $2.1 million to the NAACP, including over $490,000 to various local chapters, $578,000 to the National Chapter for Annual National Conference Sponsorship, $500,000 for the Legal Defense Fund and $522,000 for the Atlanta chapter.

    That just covers 2010-2012. Can it be said that nothing is more true than that the NAACP is a bunch of whores?

  2. Actually, I think I misspoke. I don’t think they’re whores, they are Poverty Pimps.

    Consider this:

    http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/Racism-charges-roil-ethics-debate-over-PUC-5348820.php

    “- A San Francisco Ethics Commission resolution calling for Public Utilities Commission Deputy General Manager Juliet Ellis to be fired over her admitted conflict of interest for awarding a $200,000 contract to a nonprofit she also headed.”

    “‘I had no idea who she was, had never met her (and) didn’t know her race,’ said Commissioner Peter Keane, the resolution’s stunned sponsor, who is also the city’s onetime assistant public defender and a longtime progressive voice in San Francisco politics.”

    In other words, Peter Keane sponsored this resolution because of the ethics violation, without regard to the person’s race.

    “But some also leveled accusations of racism and hidden agendas. Among the flame-throwers were San Francisco NAACP President Rev. Amos Brown, Bayview trucker and activist Charlie Walker, and CNN commentator Van Jones, founder of the Green for All nonprofit”

    Well, maybe they’re whores also.

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