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Obama responds to racist comments attributed to Los Angeles Clippers' Don Sterling
CNN ^ | 04/27/2014 | By Kevin Conlon and Shelby Lin Erdman,

Posted on 04/27/2014 8:04:09 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

The racism controversy embroiling Don Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, has reached half way around the world to Malaysia, where President Obama is on a diplomatic mission to Asia Pacific nations.

At a press conference with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak Sunday, Obama was asked about racist comments Sterling allegedly made about African-Americans.

"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," the President said. Obama also said Sterling's alleged comments are an example of how "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," Obama said in Malaysia.

Sterling, who has owned the basketball franchise for nearly three decades, is now under investigation by the NBA over the alleged comments.

According to the website TMZ, Sterling made the alleged discriminatory remarks during a 10-minute argument he had with girlfriend V. Stiviano on April 9. TMZ posted a recording of the argument online Friday.

If authentic, the remarks seem to reflect Sterling's embarrassment and frustration with Stiviano over her associating with African-Americans at Clippers games and for posting such pictures on her Instagram account.

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; clippers; donsterling; losangeles; losangelesclippers; malaysia; nba; obama; racism; rochellesterling; vanessastiviano
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1 posted on 04/27/2014 8:04:09 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Isn’t it odd for the president to wade into this controversy? Is this a matter of such import that the president himself must weigh in????


2 posted on 04/27/2014 8:06:04 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (Im)
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To: SeekAndFind

He’s concerned, see, cause it’s basketball. And black folks really like......... Oh dear.


3 posted on 04/27/2014 8:06:56 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Any president or this one? There’s a difference.


4 posted on 04/27/2014 8:07:25 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

This is the funniest thing to happen in some time. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you. No wonder he didn’t want them invited.


5 posted on 04/27/2014 8:07:49 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: SeekAndFind

Sterling is a complete son of a bitch. It is not worth defending this guy on a principle. Choose your battles. Defending Donald Sterling is pointless. The railroading he is receiving is minor compared to the thousands of railroadings he has dished out in his miserable life.


6 posted on 04/27/2014 8:07:55 AM PDT by babble-on
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To: SeekAndFind

So sayeth the race-baiter-in-chief.


7 posted on 04/27/2014 8:08:39 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: SeekAndFind
Why does this ignorant piece of shit think he has to "respond" to every damn thing that happens?

And who gives a rat's ass about his "response", in the first place.

Dumbass thinks he's the peoples president or something.

I'll be so damned happy when he and his...er, uh, wife are out of the White Hut.

But just wait: every time the bozo farts, CNN or MSNBC will be there to report it and analyze it.

8 posted on 04/27/2014 8:08:47 AM PDT by OldSmaj (I am an avowed enemy of islam and obama is a damned fool and traitor. Questions?)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s not about free speech...it’s about the black vote.


9 posted on 04/27/2014 8:10:35 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: babble-on

Look at his taste in girlfriends. And, she’s a hoe! Plus, the apparently have an open relationship.


10 posted on 04/27/2014 8:10:56 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: SeekAndFind

I cannot for the life of me understand why people say stupid, racist comments. That includes statements made by all groups about other groups. Such generalizations are usually unfair, and are always uncalled for.


11 posted on 04/27/2014 8:11:05 AM PDT by Gumdrop (~)
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To: OldSmaj

My thoughts too. Is it really a matter of national importance that Obama needs to have an official reaction to something that somebody said????

Does Obama even know what was said, or was he spoon fed by his staff that Sterling said something which disses the brothers????


12 posted on 04/27/2014 8:12:02 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (Im)
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To: SeekAndFind

I would just like to officially go on record as being completely burned out on “racist” comments by anyone.

Completely. Our current administration is laying that charge on anyone and everyone, about anything.

I no longer care.


13 posted on 04/27/2014 8:12:54 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: babble-on

babble-on wrote:

Sterling is a complete son of a bitch. It is not worth defending this guy on a principle. Choose your battles. Defending Donald Sterling is pointless. The railroading he is receiving is minor compared to the thousands of railroadings he has dished out in his miserable life.

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Agreed... Although I absolutely refuse to side with the despicable Dumbo-eared Marxist in the Oval Office and his selective “moral outrage”.


14 posted on 04/27/2014 8:12:54 AM PDT by DestroyLiberalism
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To: Dilbert San Diego
"...Is this a matter of such import that the president himself must weigh in????"

Yeah, he's too busy getting grilled about "if he's diggin' the ice cream" and "is he getting enough sleep" to start messing in this sort of stuff.

Jeesuz, I wish he'd go away.

15 posted on 04/27/2014 8:14:33 AM PDT by skimbell
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To: BunnySlippers

I wondered how it is that the elderly Sterling has such a young girlfriend. What does he see in her? What does she see in him?


16 posted on 04/27/2014 8:14:39 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (Im)
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To: SeekAndFind
"When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don't really have to do anything, you just let them talk."

By all means, please continue, Mr. "President".

17 posted on 04/27/2014 8:16:35 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Racism is the new blasphemy, and Blacks are "gxds" in human flesh.

I don't suppose any Black people anywhere might also be ignorant? Surely they can't all have Ph.D.'s?

18 posted on 04/27/2014 8:17:29 AM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (The Left: speaking power to truth since Shevirat HaKelim.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

She sees in him dollar signs. TMZ mentioned potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars he bought her.

He sees in her a “sexy GF” ... [yeah, she’s not] ... he thinks other men think he’s a stud for bing able to “please her”.

Nut when he said it’s “ok to sleep with them”, it kinda blew it. I think the relationship is over.


19 posted on 04/27/2014 8:18:38 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: SeekAndFind

I wonder if Obama sees Sterling as “typical white person?” Oh.. that would be racist.


20 posted on 04/27/2014 8:18:45 AM PDT by gusopol3
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To: Colonel_Flagg

“When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk.”
By all means, please continue, Mr. “President”.

My precise thoughts on reading his remarks. It’s not like we can do anything about his constant yammering so we just let him talk - like any ignorant fool.


21 posted on 04/27/2014 8:23:04 AM PDT by Thank You Rush
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Well now if he had said?

https://www.google.com/webhp#q=all+christians+are+nuts


22 posted on 04/27/2014 8:24:02 AM PDT by Rock N Jones
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To: babble-on
Choose your battles. Defending Donald Sterling is pointless.

Why would anyone do that? He's a RAT.

23 posted on 04/27/2014 8:24:42 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Of course Captain Midnight has to comment. It furthers the “Racist America” meme that he and his administration have fomented since he got into the White House.

It dovetails nicely with the class warfare meme also.

He wants the populous at each others throats so we won’t notice his dictatorial moves on virtually everything affecting our lives.

Especially the lives of the taxpaying, producing, middle class as it is reduced to standing on the street corner with a tin cup.


24 posted on 04/27/2014 8:25:14 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: SeekAndFind
"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," the President said. Obama also said Sterling's alleged comments are an example of how "the United States continues to wrestle with the legacy of race and slavery and segregation."

Did Sterling consent to being recorded? Isn't it illegal to tape someone's private conversations?

25 posted on 04/27/2014 8:25:29 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

He was apparently asked about it, so offered up an answer, and I have to give him some credit. His statement, “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,” is a pretty good defense of free speech.

I only wish he and about 150 million other Americans ACTUALLY MEANT IT when they said they support free speech instead of the usual, “I support free speech, as long as I agree with it.”

Ted Koppell — of all people! — commented back in the ‘80s that the concept of free speech wasn’t devised to protect popular opinions — those are protected by their very nature — but unpopular ones. That always stuck with me, and it sure is appropriate these days.


26 posted on 04/27/2014 8:27:15 AM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: headstamp 2

Did Sterling also refuse to fund his girlfriend’s birth control?


27 posted on 04/27/2014 8:28:11 AM PDT by skams19
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To: skams19

well, who knows, I assume he pays all her bills, including birth control.


28 posted on 04/27/2014 8:31:00 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (Im)
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To: SeekAndFind

When is the mixed-race, race-baiting, sniveling POS going to learn to shut his ‘who gives a sh!t’ mouth!!


29 posted on 04/27/2014 8:31:07 AM PDT by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: Dilbert San Diego
What does he see in her?

A lithe attractive young female with raging hormones and an equally vigorous libido.

What does she see in him?

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

30 posted on 04/27/2014 8:31:36 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: babble-on

Sterling is a liberal Demoncrap, he won’t find any defenders here.


31 posted on 04/27/2014 8:35:30 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: SeekAndFind

“When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk. ,” the President said.

Takes one to tell one.


32 posted on 04/27/2014 8:37:09 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: skams19

He has a girl friend?? He is one ‘worn’ looking dude…but then money talks..but he sure is UGLY.


33 posted on 04/27/2014 8:39:59 AM PDT by haircutter
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To: SeekAndFind

I wonder if Obama will invite Democrat Don Sterling and his girlfriend to the White House for a beer?


34 posted on 04/27/2014 8:40:08 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Melowese Richardson - Democrat Vote Fraud Expert)
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I condemn what Sterling said but what the NBA should really be focusing on is the criminality within the league.


35 posted on 04/27/2014 8:42:14 AM PDT by Kevin in California
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To: Dilbert San Diego

He’ll weigh in on anything that he can use for a slight bump in the polls. Notice however the measured tones and careful wording? Had this been a prominent conservative, say Rush can you imagine how he would have played it?


36 posted on 04/27/2014 9:00:23 AM PDT by logic101.net (How many more children must die on the altar of gun control?)
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To: babble-on

Sterling is a owner/CEO who disrespects the very employees that bring his enterprise success. There are a goodly number like him and they are are all POS.


37 posted on 04/27/2014 9:06:49 AM PDT by JimSEA
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To: SeekAndFind

Did the President mention that the guy is a DEMOCRAT?


38 posted on 04/27/2014 9:09:48 AM PDT by SaxxonWoods (....Let It Burn...)
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To: logic101.net

It’s delightful to hear Obama complain about racism in America. Our “Halfrican” president has ridden the magic carpet of racial quotas all his life. He gets 125.7 per cent of the black vote. No racism there, no sir.


39 posted on 04/27/2014 9:12:56 AM PDT by heye2monn (MO)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
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40 posted on 04/27/2014 9:13:31 AM PDT by baddog 219
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To: BunnySlippers

and she is half black and half hispanic plus he obviosly hired black coaches and players..So why is the guy a racist??? I don’t get it.


41 posted on 04/27/2014 9:16:55 AM PDT by scbison
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He says she can sleep with them ... just don’t bring them to the game.

Maybe it’s like someone who would hire a minority .... but would never invite one to dinner.

Either way, I don’t like nor condone racism.


42 posted on 04/27/2014 9:20:42 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: SeekAndFind

What does Putin or the Pope have to say about this matter?


43 posted on 04/27/2014 9:23:14 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: BunnySlippers

You would think if he was truly racist, his team would be all white, coachesl all white and girl friend white. Probably a better term to use than racist, maybe prejudiced


44 posted on 04/27/2014 9:24:43 AM PDT by scbison
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
So you don't want the lying factory to return to “merica?
45 posted on 04/27/2014 9:26:49 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: Dilbert San Diego

“Isn’t it odd for the president to wade into this controversy?”

He thought the guy was a Republican. ‘Looks like we got the last laugh here.


46 posted on 04/27/2014 9:27:47 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: SeekAndFind

47 posted on 04/27/2014 9:28:46 AM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: SeekAndFind

I haven’t read his comments till just now. So it appears, Sterling is in an open relationship with his girlfriend. In his comments he said he had no problem with her having sex with Magic Johnson, as long as she doesn’t advertise it. So he has no problem with a woman whom he is sexually involved with, having sex with people affected with HIV? Am I reading this correctly?


48 posted on 04/27/2014 9:28:59 AM PDT by castlegreyskull
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To: scbison

It’s going to be interesting to see how it plays out. I would advise him not to do anything that was not in his financial interests to do. Which may mean holding onto the team that doesn’t want him.

So what do his players do who have publicly reviled him?


49 posted on 04/27/2014 9:29:53 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: mad_as_he$$

Huh?

Did I misinterpret?

I want America to be productive, to have lots of jobs, and not to run a massive trade deficit with communist China.

We are currently heading full speed in exactly the opposite direction.

BOTH PARTIES are selling out America.


50 posted on 04/27/2014 9:30:07 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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