Donald Sterling, owner of the professional basketball, the Los Angeles Clippers, had a rather bad week. It seems he was having a private conversation with his mistress/girlfriend in the privacy of his own home about the girlfriend's choice of friends and companions. Unknown to Sterling, his girlfriend was secretly recording the conversation without his knowledge or permission. It seems Sterling was jealous more than anything else, since the half-black girlfriend's companions were men. Sterling allegedly told his mistress not to bring black people to the games or associate with them. Why was not explained, or what Sterling's actual motivations were. No matter, the Tribe of the Sacred Eboniferous was offended, and the man's head had to roll. In our current political climate, one is either the Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, or one is Sojourner Truth. There is nothing between these two extremes.
Without so much as questioning Sterling about what he meant and why, the new commissioner of the National Basketball Association, one Adam Silver, banned Sterling from the NBA for life and fined him 2.5 million dollars...for expressing private thoughts that are nobody's business but his own, for reasons of his own that are by no means understood by anyone but himself, and that were not intended for public consumption.
Silver, a tall thin, bald man with big ears, resembles a demon from some Gothic painting. He has the powers of a dictator over the NBA. There is no hearing, no trial, no investigation, just some Stalinesque joker who can destroy a man at whim, all to the applause of the brainwashed masses.
The racial fanaticism of the far left has been so ingrained in the public consciousness for so long, that a massive knee-jerk reaction from the public is inevitable. The aspect of this imbroglio that bothers me most, however, is the reaction of some conservatives, namely, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and Mark Levin. They too joined the RAAACISM chorus, they too called for Sterling's ruination, they too mouthed liberal/left talking points, they too joined the two-minute hate straight out of Orwell's 1984. Only Rush Limbaugh retained any sense of proportion, postulating that Sterling was set up so his team could be taken away from him and sold to someone else, waiting in the weeds, i.e. Magic Johnson.
I don't follow basketball, and before this week, I didn't know anything about Donald Sterling. But I know a royal screw job when I see one, and the racial fanaticism that now pervades our culture does far more harm, far more injustice, than it does good.
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UPDATE: Two well-known black men criticize the public lynching of Donald Sterling at the Blaze.