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Racism in the days of Obama
El Mundo ^ | May 4, 2014 | María Ramírez

Posted on 05/03/2014 8:38:47 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

The owner of the Los Angeles Clippers is not the only racist in the U.S.

In the North American country white families are six times richer

Until her black president has suffered ridicule Banana

Obama's great concern is to 'responsible men' a youth of color

When he bought the Ardmore apartment block in a neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles known as Koreatown, Donald Sterling expected his tenants were Asian. But the developer and owner of Los Angeles Clippers found a home as diverse as the city. According to him, so smelly.

" It's for all blacks there are in this building. They smell , they are not clean , " said Sterling Davenport in 2002 to Summer , one of the supervisors of the property , who the following year participated in a discrimination complaint . " This is all Mexicans who do nothing and smoke and drink all day. We have to throw them out , "he said . Sterling began to deny contracts to tenants who were not Korean . Another building named as Torres Korea and was decorated with Asian symbols to discourage applicants who were not of their favorite breed.

The complaint ended in a settlement with a million-dollar figure for those affected, only in legal costs were offset by 3.5 million euros. The Justice Department investigated the case in 2006 as a violation of civil rights and paid two million Sterling .

Now Sterling, 80, will have to pay 1.8 million euros and sell his basketball team after being expelled from the NBA. The spark has been leaked to the gossip website TMZ recording. A bride , black and Mexican, Sterling recorded a while she said no hang his Instagram photo with Magic Johnson and asked him not " promote " their relationship with black friends and take them to their games.

The magnate is the son of immigrants from Eastern Europe, resigned his surname, Tokowitz , because he thought it was better integrate and suffered discrimination against Jews in the law firms of the 60s. Since 1981 owns a computer the vast majority of players are black (now four in 14 are white ) . The former manager of the Clippers in another complaint accused him of leading the team as "a Southern plantation ." But Sterling was even honored by the association to promote the advancement of African Americans in Los Angeles for their generous donations . The group was going to give his career the honorary award this month , but this week decided to withdraw and return the money.

Networks against Stearling

Their attitudes were public , but his case has now broken out largely by spreading your words on Twitter . "The NBA 's main mission is to promote their stars and tends to avoid controversial while I can. But this is a new era in which social media has nullified the difference between public and private. Social networks magnify everything and have forced the NBA to face Sterling . The impact could be great if players refuse to go out there , viewers are not going to parties and sponsors are removed , " explained Harry Recap Edwards , a sociologist at the University of Berkeley and the great expert on race and sports in the country . Edwards says that " not every day you find guys like Don Sterling " , but " people who live in your neighborhood ", especially in competitions.

In November, a football player of the Miami Dolphins was suspended three months called ' nigger ' (' black ', contemptuously ) a mate and insult his mother. Last summer, another player from the Philadelphia Eagles was recorded telling a security guard at a concert he was going to "fight " against all " nigger ."

"With episodes so everyone has to deal with racism , which is usually considered impolite to talk. But when the debate takes some time dissolves , "says Edwards , complaining of" a country obsessed with race. "

The racism displayed by Sterling is a rare presentation of a feeling that survives in a more subtle way part of society in America. 28% of whites ensures that an owner has the right to deny a rental or a sale to a black candidate and 34 % believe that blacks should not insist on going into places where they are not welcome , according to a study by Princeton. 45 % believe that blacks have no motivation or will to escape poverty .

The Nextions consultant , of Chicago, has just published a study that reveals instinctive prejudices. Without saying it was an analysis of racism , asked 60 lawyers from several firms that corrected a report of an author invented and identified as " Thomas Meyer , a lawyer with three years of experience and a degree from the University of New York " and described in half of the cases as white and the other half as black . The paper introduced several bugs . Lawyers average 5.8 corrected spelling and grammatical errors of the seven existing in the report " Thomas Meyer black " and only 2.9 in the same « Thomas Meyer white '. They caught a technical error 4.9 and 4.1 black white Meyer Meyer; Factual errors 3.9 and 3.2 black to white. They scored a Meyer black and white with a 3.2 Meyer with 4.1 . By the same document.

The perception of racism is evident in specific cases such as the murder of Trayvon Martin , the 17 year old unarmed was going to visit his father in a neighborhood and was shot by George Zimmerman, a neighbor who was acquitted by a Florida law you to shoot anyone who seems a threat. The teenager and his murderer was black , hispanic. Gallup asked whether racial bias had played a role in the shooting : 72% of blacks replied that the color of the skin of the boy had been " a big factor "; 51% of non-blacks considered it a "minor factor " or " not at all a factor ."

President Barack Obama does not talk of his race , but reacted to the protests across the country . " If I had had a child, would like Trayvon " said one of the two great speeches he has given on the color of their skin (the other was when the pastor was accused of being racist in his first presidential campaign ) .

Obama's election is a milestone in U.S. history , but also enervated the most radical . The president has even been the subject of European racism . In September, a Russian parliamentary tweeted a photo montage of Obama in a game of basketball with a front bananas.

" Obama's election as president twice shows a deep change of attitude in most of the country, but it is a varnish. It has also made it look racist antipathy . We do not live in a post-racial , but trasracial America, where sometimes the idea of ​​race is transcended because it suits . As Sterling put aside their beliefs and hired a black coach that was good and wanted to win , "explains sociologist Edwards.

The great unfinished business of Obama remains in any case the socioeconomic gap . One in nine young black men are in jail . The 60 % who do not finish high school go through prison before age 35 . On average, a white family is six times richer than black , according to the Urban Institute, a research center that uses data on savings , houses and debts. The distance has increased during the crisis : before 2007 , white families were four times richer .

After years of criticism from the black community , Obama has just launched a program aimed primarily at black children 'at risk' . In February 2013 , the president visited a high school near his home in Hyde Park, a neighborhood of homes of wealthy intellectuals South Chicago a few blocks from corners where shootings among adolescents.

The president sat in a classroom with a dozen teenagers in a program called Becoming A Man ( Becoming A Man ) , which aims to instill responsibility , respect for women and desire to work in kids who have already gone through the jail or have grown up in households with few economic and emotional resources .

Following the usual method of the class, Obama sat in a circle and to others defined their physical, intellectual , emotional and spiritual state. He told his suffering by abandoning his father and his time of drugs and neglect . A guy with dreadlocks who was there to control outbursts of anger , Lazarus Daniels , raised his hand and asked , surprised , "Are you talking about you ? '.

Barack in the circle

"Suddenly , it was Barack . The circle is a very powerful experience ", says Tony Divittorio this newspaper , youth counselor who invented the program in 2001 in a troubled school and has managed to extend it to 2,000 students in 40 schools in Chicago. In class , the guys talk about their problems and learn to work together and trust each other with games like passing a tennis ball from hand to hand or subject to another that is dropped . If advanced, are taught archery or martial arts.

" The typical student is between 12 and 18 years. 95% are African American or Hispanic . They all live in an environment of risk of drugs, crime or family abandonment . Some are members of street gangs, other victims and witnesses of violence. Are on the border , ready to fall , "explains Divittorio . Racism is discussed in the sessions, including cases like Sterling .

Divittorio and 14 students visited the White House last year. And this February Obama presented a national program inspired by Chicago : Your Brother's Keeper ( The guardian of your brother ), which plans to invest 140 million euros to assist black and Hispanic boys. One of the obsessions is to help them overcome the absence of a father figure. 67% of young black men grow only with a parent , overwhelmingly the mother , according to the 2011 census .

Obama offered the boys his own experience: " I ​​did not have a parent home. And was always angry about it , but I did not realize then. I made bad choices. I positioned myself without thinking about the damage that could do. I do not always took school seriously. Put excuses. Sometimes underestimated me . "

Critics have questioned his black identity by the peculiar experience he had growing up in Hawaii with the white part of your family. But even when daily life was a senator made ​​it clear that he was not white . Obama then said, " When I try to hail a cab nobody gets confused ."

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: basketball; donaldstrerling; obama; racism
Translation from Google.
1 posted on 05/03/2014 8:38:48 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I thought that maybe whoever wrote Barrys Correspondents Dinner speech did the article....

2 posted on 05/03/2014 8:41:45 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: MeshugeMikey

“Is it an act of Racism to accuse someone else of being a racist?”

3 posted on 05/03/2014 9:01:46 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why do you post this crap? May lightning strike your computer and Bill Gates whack your pee pee!

4 posted on 05/03/2014 9:06:39 PM PDT by gr8eman (There's no "R" in Warshington!)
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To: Graewoulf


5 posted on 05/03/2014 9:14:12 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wow! This is scrambled! The Spanish would be easier to read and understand.

6 posted on 05/03/2014 9:41:41 PM PDT by wintertime
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The article is the usual conglomeration of incoherent non-sequiturs and accusations of racism by nasty white people. Particularly hilarious is idea that Obama has yet to “solve” the socio-economic problems of black people, particularly young, black males. Good luck with that.

7 posted on 05/04/2014 2:25:32 AM PDT by driftless2
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