Jeremiah Short, Feature Columnist
Donald Sterling isn’t the NBA’s problem. He’s the American problem.
Today, Commissioner Adam Silver banned Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling for life and fined him $2.5 million. Silver stated that he would do “everything in his power” to force Sterling to sell the team, which he is expected to get aid in doing.
“I fully expect to get the support I need from the other NBA owners to remove him,” Silver said of the NBA owner’s support for removing Sterling.
The NBA found the swiftest solution to its Sterling problem. But when will America rid itself of the Sterling problem? The three problems Sterling’s racist, bigoted, drivel revealed about what still exist in America: remnants of slavery, lack of awareness about racism and a vicious cycle of hate and bigotry.
The American Problem
Remnants Of Slavery
I wrote in a previous column that the black community still operates in a slavery mind set. They’re not the only community who still does, though.
While Sterling is just one man, he’s not the only person in the upper-class who holds such an antiquated viewpoint of black people in America. It’s the great American evil.
“The United States continues to wrestle with the legacy of race and slavery and segregation, that’s still there, the vestiges of discrimination,”President Barack Obama said while in Malaysia.
It’s an inherent belief among some in the upper-class that they should dominate or rule over the black community. And they’re doing them a favor by giving them jobs, clothing and feeding them.
Why wouldn’t they feel that way? America is only 50 years removed from “Jim Crow” laws and blacks not being able to vote. Sterling would have been applauded for espousing bigoted views in the 1960’s, which is where some of the older members of the “one-percent” live and wish they could go back to in their mind.
Lack of Awareness About Racism
Sterling didn’t feel he was being racist in the audio released to the public. Sadly, he isn’t alone in that thought process. Most people in America–white, black or otherwise–don’t understand what constitutes racism.
I’ve always aimed to educate. So, I want to make those that are reading this column aware of what’s racism.
Calling a Black person a Coon, Monkey or Nigger is racist.
Calling a Hispanic person a Beaner, Spic or Wetback is racist.
Calling a person of Middle Eastern descent a Towel Head, Camel Jockey or Sand Nigger is racist.
Calling a Jewish person a Kike is racist.
Calling a person of Asian descent a Chink, Jap or Gook is racist.
Calling a Caucasian a Honkey is racist.
And calling a Native American a Redskin is RACIST.
I could go on but my mind isn’t depraved enough to write anymore words of hate.
Overt racism isn’t the only type of racism. Subversive racism can be just as bad. Here are a few statements that can get you in trouble.
Joking about a black person not having father is racist.
Joking about a bunch of Mexicans packing into a vehicle is racist.
Giving a Middle
Eastern person a hard time at the airport is racist.
And whether many realize it or not, saying the white boy on the other team is there for shooting is racist, too.
I’m sure a few of you are questioning yourself at this point in the column. Good. You should be. Words hurt. Be more conscious of what you’re saying.
Cycle Of Hate And Bigotry
The American problem Sterling truly unveiled was the vicious cycle of hate and bigotry that infects our country. It’s a problem that starts with the elders of families. I’ve heard countless stories of people talking about the racist views of their grandmother or grandfather. But no one says anything. It’s the “oh, they’re old and set in their ways” defense.
Well, you can be old and wrong, too.
What most of us don’t realize is that this backwards garbage trickles down and shapes the minds of the grandchildren. In some cases, it negatively shapes it.
I’m not talking about the grandparents of White Americans, either. I’m talking about the grandparents of all Americans, even the black ones.
Black people’s grandparents aren’t racist.
Says who? I’m going to let America in on the secret everyone in black community knows: Our grandparents are extremely racist, too.
We have to break this destructive cycle of hate and mistrust. We are not in the 1960’s anymore. I’m not naive enough to believe that we live in a post-racial society. I know that’s not the case. But the country is in a much better place than it was during that volatile period. Not just because we have a Black President, either.
We can band together to cultivate change and increase our understanding of each other. We realize the American problem.
What’s the solution?