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Of Donald Sterling's Racism and the Rise of Thoughtcrime
Townhall ^ | 04/30/2014 | Ben Shapiro

Posted on 04/30/2014 7:01:32 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

In November 2009, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling settled a lawsuit in which the Department of Justice alleged that Sterling had discriminated against Hispanics, blacks and families without children in his rental properties. The lawsuit contained testimony that Sterling had suggested Hispanics were poor tenants because they "smoke, drink, and just hang around the building," and that "black tenants smell and attract vermin." The settlement cost him and his insurers $2.73 million.

The NBA and the national media said virtually nothing. That same year, the NAACP gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 2005, Sterling signed a check for more than $5 million to settle a lawsuit alleging that he had attempted to prevent non-Koreans from renting in his facilities in Koreatown.

The NBA and the national media said virtually nothing.

This week, Sterling's 31-year-old girlfriend, V. Stiviano, released a tape of the 80-year-old racist being an 80-year-old racist. Sterling apparently told Stiviano he didn't want her posting pictures of black men on her Instagram account and didn't want her bringing black men to Clippers games.

The entire media establishment suddenly went insane. Colin Cowherd of ESPN idiotically called for the league to void all of Sterling's contracts with his players and agents -- a violation of basic contract law. Magic Johnson declared that the NBA should force Sterling to sell his team -- a violation of basic contract law. President Barack Obama, determined never to let an opportunity pass to label America racist, took to the microphones to declare Sterling's racism a symptom of America's "legacy of race and slavery and segregation."

This is, at the very least, hypocrisy. Last year, Sterling signed coach Doc Rivers, who is black, to a contract worth $7 million per year. Chris Paul, who is black, is slated to make nearly $19 million this season. Blake Griffin, who is black, is slated to make $16 million. DeAndre Jordan will make $11 million. The coach, these players and their agents surely knew about Sterling's legacy. So did Cowherd, Johnson and Obama. They all said nothing.

But the big problem here isn't hypocrisy. The big problem is that the market is turning on Sterling not over action, but over words. Sterling's a pig, and that's been no secret for decades. But what triggered America's response? Sterling's thoughts. American society now considers expression of thought to be significantly more important than action. Sterling got away with actual discrimination for years. But now he is caught on tape telling his gold-digging girlfriend he doesn't like blacks, and that's when the firestorm erupts?

This is the thought police at work. Feelings matter more than action. Words matter more than harming others. That sets a radically dangerous precedent for freedom of thought and speech, particularly for those whose thought and speech we hate. Freedom of speech and thought matters especially when it is speech and thought with which we disagree. The moment the majority decides to destroy people for engaging in thought it dislikes, thoughtcrime becomes a reality.

Sterling's career should have been ended by public outrage based on his established patterns of discrimination years ago. To end it based not on such disreputable action but on private musings caught on tape demonstrates America's newfound disregard for the rights of those whose thought we find despicable.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: donaldsterling; racism; thoughtcrime

1 posted on 04/30/2014 7:01:32 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Ben Shapiro also observes at his column in Breitbart:

Spike Lee has stated that white gentrification of Harlem has been horrible, has posted the address of George Zimmerman’s parents online to spur violence, has explained after visiting South Africa in the early 1990s, “I seriously wanted to pick up a gun and shoot whites. The only way to resolve matters is by bloodshed.” He, like Donald Sterling, is no fan of interracial dating: “I give interracial couples a look. Daggers. They get uncomfortable when they see me on the street.” He’s currently a host on NBA Radio on SiriusXM, stars in NBA commercials, and had a front-row seat to the Sterling announcement.

Then there’s Jay Z. Jay Z isn’t just fêted by the President of the United States. He’s a former part-owner of the Brooklyn Nets and, as an agent, works closely with the league. He was spotted recently at an NBA game wearing a necklace medallion for the Five Percent Nation, which sees black men as gods and white people as devils.


2 posted on 04/30/2014 7:04:01 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I believe it was c. barkley that said the NBA was a black league. That is pretty racist itself, he has a free pass because it is a racist statement towards an old white guy.

Not one news story about magic johnsons and investment partners wanting to buy the team. (and the picture with the girlfriend is with magic Johnson)


3 posted on 04/30/2014 7:08:47 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: SeekAndFind

We live in a politically correct world now.

Any statements which can be perceived as disrespectful to officially recognized grievance groups, such as blacks and homosexuals, will make one a target for destruction.

One will not just be condemned for racist or bigoted statements, one will also be targeted for destruction.

Paula Deen, the guy from Mozilla who contributed to Proposition 8, the guy from Chick Fill A, and now Donald Sterling, can all tell us about being targeted for destruction and banishment from society.

It’s no longer enough for the politically correct crowd to condemn statements or actions of those with whom they disagree. It’s no longer enough for them to try to persuade us that what all of these people did was bad. Instead, we now want to see these people driven out of business and their lives destroyed.


4 posted on 04/30/2014 7:09:20 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (Im W)
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To: SeekAndFind
Just for the record...

“I give interracial couples a look. Daggers. They get uncomfortable when they see me on the street.” - Spike Lee

Mr. Lee, you don't want to meet my First lady and me. Trust me, it won't end well.

5.56mm

5 posted on 04/30/2014 7:10:04 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: SeekAndFind
Colin Cowherd of ESPN idiotically called for the league to void all of Sterling's contracts with his players and agents -- a violation of basic contract law.

Colin Cowturd having an opinion means it's okay for me to have the opposite one.

6 posted on 04/30/2014 7:10:52 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
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To: SeekAndFind

.....And this is just the public folks.


7 posted on 04/30/2014 7:11:01 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: SeekAndFind
American society now considers expression of thought to be significantly more important than action.

The lynching of Mr. Sterling for his thoughts was the biggest victory for the thought police too date. IMHO -tom

8 posted on 04/30/2014 7:12:43 AM PDT by Capt. Tom (Don't confuse U.S. citizens and Americans. They are not necessarily the same. -tom)
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To: SeekAndFind
This week, Sterling's 31-year-old girlfriend, V. Stiviano, released a tape of the 80-year-old racist being an 80-year-old racist.

WHOA - maybe NOW can shake the old man down for cash too... Any chance he insulted Tea Party members?

9 posted on 04/30/2014 7:16:18 AM PDT by GOPJ ( Donald Sterling is a typical white liberal elite democrat - New York Times won't share that truth.)
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To: Capt. Tom

Screw the black and the homo thought police. I think they are bigoted asses. Haven’t these losers heard of freedom? Freedom frightens them because they are degenerates.


10 posted on 04/30/2014 7:16:49 AM PDT by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

“ain’t that America”

where a man can be divested of liberty and property for words.


11 posted on 04/30/2014 7:17:41 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: longtermmemmory
I believe it was c. barkley that said the NBA was a black league. That is pretty racist itself

No it isn't. It's the simple truth.

12 posted on 04/30/2014 7:20:00 AM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

It could happen to just the average person. Imagine a some co-workers stopping for a drink after work. One of them has a grudge against the other and knows their views. So the conversation is prompted, recorded and ends up in Human Resources.


13 posted on 04/30/2014 7:20:06 AM PDT by Toespi
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To: MrB

RE: where a man can be divested of liberty and property for words.

Well, we’ll just have to see if his property (i.e. the L.A. Clippers) is “confiscated” OR NOT...

Sterling bought the Clippers for just $12 million in 1981, and the team is now worth $575 million, according to Forbes magazine.

If he sells it for market value, he makes nearly 50 times hims original investment. And if he does, his property isn’t being confiscated at all.


14 posted on 04/30/2014 7:22:27 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: SeekAndFind

This is really all about.....”I hate Whitey”...and it can’t be more evident in the promotion of such by Obama and Michelle.


15 posted on 04/30/2014 7:22:38 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Toespi

what you describe is where we are headed.

I can’t believe what we just witnessed. An NBA owner is being forced out of the NBA for comments in a private conversation.

He’s being forced out due to political correctness, not because of mismanaging his team, but because he “dissed”, in ghetto parlance, a recognized grievance group (blacks).

If he had made stark comments about the tea party or gun rights people or born again Christians, this would never have become a big news story, or an issue for the commissioner to deal with.

Under political correctness, there are certain grievance groups which you are not allowed to say anything about.
Blacks and homosexuals are at the top of the pyramid of such groups. Born again Christians, straight men, white men, family values groups, etc. are at the bottom of the pyramid.


16 posted on 04/30/2014 7:24:14 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (Im W)
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To: SeekAndFind
It's coming. America is finished. The communists Democrats are turning America into what Hitler turned Germany into and the American people are blind. The MSM has done their job killing America. And when things are done King Obama will throw the MSM in the toilet.
17 posted on 04/30/2014 7:25:39 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: SeekAndFind

If he gets market value, then we could say his team was not confiscated; I see your point.

But, if it is a forced sale, I wonder if that changes things?


18 posted on 04/30/2014 7:25:45 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (Im W)
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To: SeekAndFind
released a tape of the 80-year-old racist being an 80-year-old racist

Not true.

It was a tape of an 80-year old fool being an 80-year old fool over his young, hot, tight (well, perhaps not THAT tight) mistress - a story as old as time.

He was BEGGING her - that's right, a real-estate billionaire was begging a penniless wretch - not to humiliate him in front of his peers. That's what he meant about "bringing them to MY games".

He didn't say he didn't want (generic) blacks at (generic) Clippers games. He said he didn't want HIS girlfriend showing up at HIS games with hot young studs, and he made it clear that it was so because his fellow owners would taunt him - which, I have no doubt, they would have done, and in racist terms that would dwarf anything he said on the damn tape.

Just to be clear - best practice is to forgo the young mistress. But, cash is to young women like horsesh** is to flies, and, as above, this story is as old as time.

19 posted on 04/30/2014 7:27:27 AM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I used the word “divested” instead of “confiscated” on purpose.
A forced sale is still against his will.


20 posted on 04/30/2014 7:28:43 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: SeekAndFind

Thoughtcrime? No. This is the way Magic Johnson is trying to “own” the Clippers.


21 posted on 04/30/2014 7:41:50 AM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

If a fast food franchise owner was secretly recorded as telling his mistress that he didn’t want her to eat 80% of the product they sell in public, and a competitor started using it in an advertising campaign, what the heck is that company supposed to do? I ask because I don’t know, I can see the slippery slope and I can see the point of the business.

Freegards


22 posted on 04/30/2014 7:42:30 AM PDT by Ransomed
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Here's what I see....a conspiracy to underbid...And someone gets a cut and it changes hands to show the real buyers. In other words...it's a scam. Wonder how much the chick got?? The instigator....Johnson.

Now that's if they can force him to sell.

No matter....this is so wrong....sets race relations back another 50 years.

It may not be right...but I hope these black gestapos get their just due.

Zimmerman....Paula Dean...the Duke Boys....and now this

23 posted on 04/30/2014 7:44:17 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Dilbert San Diego

To be fair it is time to ban white fans from NBA games. White fans should not be allowed to buy tickets, hotdogs, memorabilia or subscribe to sports cable/satellite. In fact to affect a total cure for all that white racism just ban all white money from all black dominated sports. That’ll teach the honkey white mofo’s. All the race baiting whores have played that race card so much they have worn the tits of the queen. They could take all white people and put them on ships to Africa to be slaves and that wouldn’t enough. Nothing is going to cure this except JESUS coming back.


24 posted on 04/30/2014 7:47:09 AM PDT by Cats Pajamas
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To: Sacajaweau

Zimmerman, Paula Deen, the guy from Mozilla who gave money to Proposition 8, Chick Fill A, the Miss USA pageant girl who had the audacity to say she thought marriage was a man and a woman — what all have in common is that they were targeted for destruction because they violated political correctness. The campaigns against them had the full cooperation of the media, which is a factor here also.

If Sterling had made stark comments about gun rights people, or the tea party, or born again Christians, do you think the NBA commissioner would have swooped in so quickly and ban him from the NBA?????

I wonder how the commissioner decided on this penalty. In 3 short days, from the story hitting the news, to the announcement of the penalty, how detailed an investigation did he do? I mean, did he investigate all angles, such as the background of the girl involved, her ulterior motives? Did he investigate whether there is any legal liability for the NBA, or anyone, if these tapes were made illegally? Did he really have NBA attorneys research if he was administering a legal penalty? Did he really have NBA attorneys research whether he can force a sale of the Clippers if Sterling doesn’t want to sell?

As a side issue, it’s hard to believe that in only 3 days, a commissioner administered the death penalty, and wonder how he did a thorough investigation of all of the issues involved.


25 posted on 04/30/2014 7:51:14 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (Im W)
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To: Sacajaweau

And what if the little chick came home to Sterling with HIV on her lips?

“.......girlfriend at nightclub, kissed they....... friend and then came home with they AIDS on they lips” Eddie Murphy-Delirious


26 posted on 04/30/2014 7:53:02 AM PDT by Cats Pajamas
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To: Jim Noble

Noble indeed you are Jim!


27 posted on 04/30/2014 7:58:46 AM PDT by Cats Pajamas
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To: Cats Pajamas

Today you joke eventually the spike lees will demand it. Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson will demand free tickets paid by white “folks”.

Then again, the homosexuals will demand player quotas.


28 posted on 04/30/2014 8:02:18 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: SeekAndFind

I wouldn’t come down so hard on libs about their (deliberate?) ignorance of the law, except like always, they’re tremendous hypocrites concerning racism. Spike Lee, Jay-Z, and other well-known, rich black people can get away with racist statements (Lee) or wearing racist jewelry (Jay-Z), and none of the presently aggrieved over Sterling say a word. And of course, Obama and Clinton pal around with Al Sharpton. So when various people screamed racism about Sterling’s utterances after taking his money for years, it left me with a little lack of sympathy for their “plight.”


29 posted on 04/30/2014 8:03:38 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: SeekAndFind

Jay-Z recently sold his interest in the Nets, but he’s now a sports agent dealing with the NBA and other sports leagues. I won’t hold my breath from all the people outraged about Sterling waiting for them to demand Jay-Z be barred from dealing with their league.


30 posted on 04/30/2014 8:06:09 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: Sacajaweau
What's to stop the NBA commissionar from forcing a sale to Magic Johnson? The law? I don't think it's that outrageous an outcome, given that all of this was based on a tape that was probably illegally to air.

The NBA is through. Not next year. Maybe not this decade. But it's through. The billionaire white guys who like expensive toys mostly didn't get where they are by being stupid. Why would they in the future put themselves in a situation in which if someone wants to undermine them is all it takes is some poorly chosen out of context words? The advertisers?..if enough people are outraged, it might be to their benefit to reach the minority audience in other ways.

I'm a Cleveland near-resident by choice. I follow sports. NBA is hugely popular here, but the feelings about how LeBron treated Dan Gilbert when he up and left for Miami aren't totally gone. I wonder if there's a point where a lot of loyal fans and supporters will say "enough" and satisfy their love of basketball with March Madness insanity.

31 posted on 04/30/2014 8:11:19 AM PDT by grania
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To: SeekAndFind
In November 2009, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling settled a lawsuit in which the Department of Justice alleged that Sterling had discriminated against Hispanics, blacks and families without children in his rental properties. The lawsuit contained testimony that Sterling had suggested Hispanics were poor tenants because they "smoke, drink, and just hang around the building," and that "black tenants smell and attract vermin." The settlement cost him and his insurers $2.73 million.

The NBA and the national media said virtually nothing. That same year, the NAACP gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 2005, Sterling signed a check for more than $5 million to settle a lawsuit alleging that he had attempted to prevent non-Koreans from renting in his facilities in Koreatown.

Sterling settled lawsuits, which many times is done for financial reasons. He wasn't found guilty of crimes.

While Shapiro is busy accusing others, he is also guilty of jumping to conclusions.

32 posted on 04/30/2014 8:20:08 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: Toespi

that will happen. “Joe Sixpack” can get “Sterlinged” at anytime now.

There is one simple way to stop this though.


33 posted on 04/30/2014 8:28:04 AM PDT by roofgoat
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Nailed it.


34 posted on 04/30/2014 8:44:49 AM PDT by the anti-mahdi
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To: SeekAndFind

If you allow for inflation, he would be making maybe 20 times his original investment, but then the government would take a third of it in capital gains taxes.


35 posted on 04/30/2014 8:46:02 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: SeekAndFind

The Sterling story is a test case of how to use extreme over reaction it will play well in the next two elections the MSM is on board and well armed.


36 posted on 04/30/2014 8:46:40 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Logical me

Revolt is coming, this is going to simply be the seeds for a future revolt down the road.


37 posted on 04/30/2014 9:01:43 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Vaduz

Sterlings case is redistribution by mob rule.


38 posted on 04/30/2014 9:13:58 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Vaduz
it will play well in the next two elections the MSM is on board and well armed

You got that right.

The unexpected extreme success of the Republican War on Women™, which has not failed yet in any campaign using it, will now be ramped up and ramped up until we have full-blown Two Minute Hate, with us on the receiving end.

39 posted on 04/30/2014 9:16:54 AM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: Jim Noble

Racism is the replacement of IT’S FOR THE KIDS they have a few more scams they will release near 2016 elections.


40 posted on 04/30/2014 9:22:25 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Vaduz

Thought is a crime.

obedience without thinking is rewarded

OBEY

big brother loves you.


41 posted on 04/30/2014 9:23:21 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: longtermmemmory

I agree the MSM has dumb down the public to the point where most don’t think they just react to instructions.


42 posted on 04/30/2014 9:25:02 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: longtermmemmory

Disregard that roger!


43 posted on 04/30/2014 10:45:11 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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