Sterling is the owner of the LA Clippers, changed his name from Tokowitz so people would not know that he is Jewish, and was scheduled to get a lifetime achievement award from the NCAAP for work favoring black people. The recording was of an argument between him and his half-black half-Mexican mistress, and was almost certainly illegally recorded as California is an all-party consent state. The offensive parts concerned how she should promote herself in public.
President Barack Obama is now involved:
"When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don't really have to do anything, you just let them talk," Obama said when asked to respond to Donald Sterling's reported comments.This is offensive. The President should not be trying to dictate the private conversations of citizens. And he should not be committing tortious interference.
"The United States continues to wrestle with the legacy of race and slavery and segregation, that's still there, the vestiges of discrimination," Obama said during a news conference in Malaysia, where he was traveling.
"We've made enormous strides, but you're going to continue to see this percolate up every so often," he added. "And I think that we just have to be clear and steady in denouncing it, teaching our children differently, but also remaining hopeful that part of why statements like this stand out some much is because there has been this shift in how we view ourselves."
Obama said he's confident NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will address the matter. He said the NBA has "an awful lot of African American players, it's steeped in African American culture. And I suspect that the NBA is going to be deeply concerned in resolving this."
Obama rarely talks about racial matters, but when he does, it seems carefully calculated to promote racial animosity.
I am waiting to see if anyone says that citizens have a right to express private opinions to their friends about who they associate with.
Update: Here is a link to the audio along with some speculation about the context. The mistress seems to have personally embarrassed Sterling somehow by flaunting her dates with other men. She is also being sued by Sterling's wife for taking marital property.
Update: This story sure hit a nerve. I get the impression that blacks are upset because this confirmed suspicions that Jews just pretend to like blacks, but secretly compare them to dogs. It appears to me that Sterling's main concern ws that his girl was publicly cuckolding him. My concern is that we now have a society where a man can become an outcast on the basis of preferences expressed in pillow talk, and that we have a President who joins in the bullying.
Update: My lessons from this fiasco.
Do not donate to black charities. They will double-cross you in a heartbeat.
Do not buy a Bentley for your mistress. Hire a private investigator to see who she might have conned under other names.
If you complain about your mistress cuckolding you with high-status black men, be sure to similarly complain about other races in the same sentence.
Ditch your mistress the first time she disrespects you, or after any hint of a shakedown.
President Obama needs to send out signals to his base that he identifies with black people against white people.
When black people or liberals go on TV and say we need an open and honest discussion about race in order to counter ignorance, what they really mean is that certain viewpoints must be intimidated into silence.
If you are Jewish, do not even try to explain how Israel makes racial distinctions.
If you want to sell a basketball team, create a scandal first and the bidding will go higher.