A Big Week For Racism, but Who is Not In the News?

Well, America, it’s been quite a week:

Fox fixed noise news’ terrorist, Anti-American hero of the month, Cliven Bundy, exposed himself as the pro-slavery racist that he is;

The US Supreme Court declared once again that racism no longer exists in our society as they hammered a spike into the heart of affirmative action; and

Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling was recored saying that his lady friend should not be seen in the company of black people and should not be bringing them to his team’s games.

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As the right wing establishment buries its collective head in the sand and pretends it never lavished support and credibility upon Bundy, and as minority enrollment in universities continues in free fall, the Sterling story has gone from being part of the 90-second sports recap at the end of local news to the lead news story across all media, morphing into the political and social issue reporting of the weekend.

If the statements attributed to Sterling were said by him, and there is little evidence to the contrary,

then he and his team have immense problems, ranging from whatever action the NBA can take regarding his future as an owner, to the effect on the team now as it performs in the playoffs and in the future as to retaining and acquiring talented players. But there is much more to Sterling than what is contained in the recordings themselves.

Yahoo! Sports’ Dan Wetzel wrote an article yesterday entitled “Alleged racist remarks from Clippers owner Donald Sterling finally prompt NBA probe“, in which he delves into Sterlings’ past, a past replete with documented instances of racist acts far worse than the mere words he recently spoke. These acts have not been kept secret, but over a period of years were well reported, for all to see, but which were largely ignored by both the NBA and the general public. Sterling is the largest residential landlord in Los Angeles County, and he has been for decades. But, his business practices had often come under scrutiny by the U. S. Justice Department for racially discriminatory practices, and he twice has paid multi-million dollar fines for activities said to have “targeted and discriminated against blacks, Hispanics and families with children in renting apartments in greater Los

Angeles”. Wetzel also reported that Sterling has been sued numerous times by individuals who were the subject of such discriminatory practices.

Wetzel argues in his story that these actions were far worse than the recent statements and that the league looked the other way for years, while Sterling inflicted real damage upon real people.

This appears to be absolutely true, and there is no excuse for it. Now, it’s hit the fan, and action will be taken.

But Sterling does not stand alone. Another much more well known person has acted in words and deeds just as has Sterling, yet he remains an icon to millions and millions, and a popular television personality whose show somehow receives amazingly high ratings. What gives?

Over the course of the last presidential election period, and to this day in his appearances at political events, donald trump blatantly enunciates his extreme racism with his ongoing birther opinions. His hatred for Pres. Obama is based little on actual policy, none at all

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upon any actual facts regarding the President’s background, but substantially on the fact that the President is a black man, and trump can have none of that.

But also as with Sterling, trump is one of the countries’ largest residential landlords, and has been documented in the media for years,

and as I have written in the past, he also has been sued by the U.S. Justice Department for his refusal “to rent or negotiate rentals ‘because of race and color'”. Not only did trump settle that case, playing significant damages, but a few years later, the case was re-opened for additional relief due to trump’s CONTINUED racist practices.

It’s easy to come down now on Sterling, and he certainly deserves it all, but why does trump continue to get a free pass?

About theHoundDawg

For many years as a lawyer, I saw much of the good and bad of society, and did what I could to right many wrongs. The lack of understanding of what is good and bad, right and wrong, just and unjust, as evidenced by such events as the election of King W as president, (who as such far surpassed the evil of richard nixon but not quite that of ronald reagan) lead me in a new direction, to spend my time trying to understand what is happening to our society, to try as best I can to spread my insights to others, and along the way to maybe even eke out a living through the internet.
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