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Institutional Racism in 2014

April 28, 2014 , , ,

Sports fans and all Americans need to be ashamed that this much institutionalized racism can exist in professional sports.  When I was a child I was a Pittsburgh Pirates fan, with special emphasis on my love for Roberto Clemente.  I went in person to many games at Forbes Field, and listed to the others on my transistor radio.  I hold a big grudge against my dad for an incident that took place when I was about 10.  We went to lunch at The University Club before games, then walked to the field.  One such day Roberto himself was eating in the dining room at the University Club before a game.  I wanted to get his autograph, naturally.  My dad was very strict and gave a lecture about treating everyone with respect.  Of course this was the first black person I had seen eating in that dining room, and it may have been many years before there was another.  Richard Arden Morse was a bit of a racist in some ways, but he was firm about not disturbing Roberto to indulge me.  I was angry (and still am, if truth be told), but I will always remember the point.  It had to do with dignity, and making sure his visit to our snooty club was treated as a natural event.  I loved Roberto for his athleticism, and was unaware until later in life of his fight to attain equality as a black baseball player.  He is still me favorite athlete of all time.

This rings in my mind when I see this Sterling guy still living some horrible stereotype lifestyle that belongs in the distant past.  The nasty truth about this story must be exposed.  In no uncertain terms we must reject his behavior.  Each of us has some part to play in this, if only by voicing an opinion.  I am with Magic in thinking he needs to say he does not want to own a team now.  What do you think, gentle reader?  Does this freak you out?

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Perfect person here to weigh in on this. Donald Sterling at this moment has been permanently suspended as an owner .. He must sell the team PLUS fined 2 million .
NOT nearly enough. For a team & sport that is mostly black, for a man who has cheated on his wife so often and wants his girlfriend to pass as white.. he needs to get with the 21st century. This is a man who was fined for illegal discrimnation against blacks and hispanics when they wanted to rent apts in Koreatown.
He’s a crazy person……


Stevie Wilson (@LAStory)

April 30, 2014

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