Obama Speaks Out on Racists Advertising Their Ignorance

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President Barack Obama was afforded an opportunity to vent on racism when a recording was released purporting to be of 78-year-old Don Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, a One percenter worth some $1.9 billion.

The recording was made on April 9, according to TMZ, and has Sterling expressing some racist comments to his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, who happens to be of black and Mexican descent. On the recording, he tells her he did not want her bringing black people to games:

“It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?” (3:30)

This includes, apparently, Magic Johnson.

“…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)

Cliven Bundy, move over.

When asked about it, President Obama, who was appearing with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, said, “When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk. That’s what happened here.”

Obama, who has been subject to more than a little racism himself, went on to say that, “The United States continues to wrestle with the legacy of race and slavery and segregation, that’s still there, the vestiges of discrimination.”

We’ve made enormous strides, but you’re going to continue to see this percolate up every so often,” he added. “And I think that we just have to be clear and steady in denouncing it, teaching our children differently, but also remaining hopeful that part of why statements like this stand out some much is because there has been this shift in how we view ourselves.

He could as easily have been speaking of the Fox News-Cliven Bundy imbroglio.

The President, who has always stressed our nation’s diversity and that strength that can come out of our differences, said, “we constantly have to be on guard on racial attitudes that divide us rather than embracing our diversity as a strength.”

Meanwhile, despite a history of racist behavior, Don Sterling, like Cliven Owen, says he is not a racist. TMZ reports that a statement to them insists that,

Mr. Sterling is emphatic that what is reflected on that recording is not consistent with, nor does it reflect his views, beliefs or feelings. It is the antithesis of who he is, what he believes and how he has lived his life.

Right. Got it. This is a guy who has been sued twice by the federal government because he didn’t want to rent apartments to blacks and Latinos, and we’re supposed to be surprised he doesn’t want them at his games? Or around his girlfriend?

Trickle down? Give the rich more money so we can have more? Really? Even apartments don’t trickle down if your skin is the wrong color.

I’m having a hard time with that.

The NBA will investigate Don Sterling. As Obama said, the NBA has “an awful lot of African American players, it’s steeped in African American culture. And I suspect that the NBA is going to be deeply concerned in resolving this.”

But Don Sterling is sorry anyone thinks he is a racist. You bet he is. But not as sorry as he will be if the tape turns out to be genuine. And it’s easy to imagine that’s really what he is thinking about. Not the people he dehumanized through his words, but the declining profits in his pocket that will result.

President Obama, meanwhile, did what he does best, and used this opportunity to educate and to cite our diversity in a positive way.

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21 Replies to “Obama Speaks Out on Racists Advertising Their Ignorance”

  1. when they get caught then it’s never who they really are. they’ll find god and ask for forgiveness and blame the left and BENGHAZI!

  2. I cannot imagine what this girlfriend sees in him, unless it’s money. Since he obviously hates Black and Mexican folks, he cannot possibly respect her. Someone who intimately associates with another who unabashedly insults the very aspects of her heritage that go toward making her who and what she is has a shortage of self-respect. He is a butt-ugly, prune-faced racist who is full of hate, and she needs to make a clean break with him.

    Among the very same Black folks he detests are the athletes and team fans who help to keep him enriched. He needs to suffer some economic costs from the people he despises in the form of boycotts of games as long as he’s manager of that team, as well as refusal to be players on his team. It’s extremely unlikely to change his mindset at his age, but his open bigotry should result in huge financial losses.

  3. Seeing the happy couple together reminds me of a joke on a British comedy chat show (‘Mrs Merton’)some years ago regarding beautiful women with, lets say, less than handsome men,’So tell me, what did you see in the billionaire?’

  4. Chucky Tadpole continued his FOX NEWS agenda by asking President Obama about Ukraine and Russia, i thought the questions were supposed to be about Malaysia or his Asian Trip/Policy.

  5. “Mr. Sterling is emphatic that what is reflected on that recording is not consistent with, nor does it reflect his views, beliefs or feelings. It is the antithesis of who he is, what he believes and how he has lived his life.”

    Because candid statements about what we want, like “don’t bring black people to MY games”, are not representative of what we really feel or believe.

    And don’t forget that when you say something offensive when you’re drunk that it doesn’t count because you “only said it because you were drunk”. Drunk free pass!

  6. The recording has Sterling expressing some racist comments to his girlfriend,
    =====
    That’s not surprising. Sterling has had racial discrimination suits filed against him in the past.

    It would be interesting to know though….who made the recording and released it? Stiviano?

    What a horrifying realization that might be for her next bankroll…I mean boyfriend.

  7. This scumbag sounds like the typical TeathugliKKKan &
    he should suffer the consequences and to think,the NAACP has this hatemonger set up for an award which needs to be retracted because honoring a racist is like supporting an enemy of black folk.

  8. This scumbag sounds like the typical TeathugliKKKan &
    he should suffer the consequences and to think,the NAACP has this hatemonger set up for an award which needs to be retracted because honoring a racist is like supporting an enemy of black folk.

  9. Money. And if he divorced her she’ll take him to the cleaners now that he’s come out in public being a Racist POS

  10. Don Sterling is clearly a psychopath and is essentially proof of everything that I have ever surmised about the 1%. He doesn’t care about the woman he is speaking to, in his mind he OWNS her. He repeatedly tried to bad make her and paint himself the victim. This recording makes my skin crawl.

  11. It is conservative values that have shortened American’s life expectancy to the shortest among industrialized countries. The American government already has a death panel. It’s called the Republican Party. Conservative politicians are taking America back in time to the 1800’s. It is time to stop the insanity and vote Democrat.

  12. Let’s face facts. She’s a prostitute, plain and simple. She’s with him for money. It’s not like this guy looks like Sean Connery.

  13. I agree – money. Except that she isn’t his wife, she’s his girlfriend so she won’t get a nickel when he dumps her.

    He’s like the plantation owners, still considers his players his “property.” He “owns” them, yet hates them. These plantation owners also slept with/raped their female slaves with great regularity. She’s nothing more than an extension of HIS slaves. She needs to exit stage left quickly.

    It made me sick to my stomach to hear her apologizing to him & asking him how she could “fix” it.

  14. Why is that woman still with him. If she has any self respect she’ll run not walk as fast away from him as she can get.

  15. When asked about it, President Obama, who was appearing with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, said, “When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk. That’s what happened here.”

    President Obama, as usual, is spot on!!!!

  16. I’m fairly certain it is about the money. Google the LA Times article about the lawsuit his wife filed against the girlfriend in March. Not a whole lot of self-respect apparent in either woman. It appears to be all about the money for both. It’s have to be… that guy’s a creep!

    And, BTW, Sterling is the team owner, not manager.

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