Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Blissful ignorance

Lakers guard Steve Nash is kicking off his extended NBA offseason by having no clue what he’s talking about. With the specter of thoughtcrime, Donald Sterling, purged from the collective consciousness, he’s ready to move on.

If racism is a learned behavior, how long will it go on for? How long will people be taught to be bigoted, to discriminate and to instill hatred in our communities? Let’s hope this is an opportunity for all of us, the players and the league and the community to help educate and take one step further toward eradicating racism in our communities.

And what better way to “help educate” than to toe the line of a false media narrative. Had Nash listened to the tape, he would have heard Donald Sterling affirm the equality and dignity of minorities to his extortionist mistress. “There’s nothing wrong with minorities, they’re fabulous,” he said. Context or no context, that’s bigotry right there.

This is the same basketball player who, when he played for the Phoenix Suns, called Arizona’s bill to enforce federal immigration law “very misguided.”

It doesn’t feel good to have people around the world and around the country look at our state as less than equal, less than fair. As proud citizen of this state, I want us to be held be held in the highest esteem. I think we have a lot of great attributes and a lot of great people and I think we need to be very cautious in how we respect our civil liberties and the tone we’re setting and the precedents we’re setting moving forward.

“Held in the highest esteem” by whom? Illegal immigrants? Race-baiting tribal leaders who profit from the Balkanization of America?

Most likely someone told Nash the bill was racist without telling him what was in it. Same situation today: Millions of people believe Sterling is racist because Magic Johnson told them so. In hysterical moments like this, the pliant masses respond to false, superficial caricatures, not to reality.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers, whom the racist Sterling pays $7 million per year (the highest salary of any NBA coach), refused to meet with his boss, USA Today reports.

Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers says that team owner Donald Sterling reached out to him but that he declined to speak to him.


“I’d just like to reiterate how disappointed I am in our—in the comments attributed to our owner, and I can’t tell you how upset I am, our players are,” Rivers said.

Racist “comments” is the euphemism for the worst things you can imagine. Rivers doesn’t even know what he’s reacting to.

The sad truth is he doesn’t want to know. The lines have been drawn, and he’s on the “right” side.

Related: “Feeding on Donald Sterling’s Corpse.”

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