The soft pedaling of Donald Sterling’s racism begins

We knew Donald Sterling was a racist, but this bad?

V. STIVIANO: Honey, if it makes you happy, I will remove all of the black people from my Instagram.

DONALD STERLING: You said that before, you said, “I understand.”

V: I DID remove the people that were independently on my Instagram that are black.

DS: Then why did you start saying that you didn’t? You just said that you didn’t remove them. You didn’t remove every—

V: I didn’t remove Matt Kemp and Magic Johnson, but I thought—

DS: Why?

V: I thought Matt Kemp is mixed, and he was OK, just like me.

DS: OK.

V: He’s lighter and whiter than me.

DS: OK.

Sterling was angry with his squeeze because she posted pictures of coloreds on her Instagram account.

“I think the fact that you admire [Magic] — I’ve known him well, and he should be admired,” Sterling replies. “And I’m just saying that it’s too bad you can’t admire him privately. And during your ENTIRE FUCKING LIFE, your whole life, admire him — bring him here, feed him, fuck him, I don’t care. You can do anything. But don’t put him on an Instagram for the world to see so they have to call me. And don’t bring him to my games. OK?”

Kaboom. It’s a perfect story: Rich white geezer, black basketball team, ethnic girlfriend. Sex, racism, and big-money sports. And the bigot got exposed during the playoffs, so now his players have to decide whether winning – or playing at all – really matters. Understandably fans have gone bonkers. For me, there’s only one question – who will excuse him?

Is there anyone that depraved?

“We have heard the tape on TMZ,” Roeser said. “We do not know if it is legitimate or it has been altered. We do know that the woman on the tape — who we believe released it to TMZ — is the defendant in a lawsuit brought by the Sterling family alleging that she embezzled more than $1.8 million, who told Mr. Sterling that she would ‘get even.’”

Clippers President Andy Roeser.

“Mr. Sterling is emphatic that what is reflected on that recording is not consistent with, nor does it reflect his views, beliefs or feelings. It is the antithesis of who he is, what he believes and how he has lived his life.”

What Donald said isn’t what Donald would say. What he did isn’t what he would do. OK. But Andy’s a Sterling employee. Anyone else?

Sewage eaters and garbage pickers like TMZ are the ones who need to be punished.–Leave the dude alone. Why do Blacks and other minorities have this special right not to ever be offended?

The dude was in his private home, presumably, or some private place. its no one else’s business.

The Liberals and race hustlers in this country are like the Nazis trying to hunt down every last Jew, test everyone’s blood trying to find one drop of Jewish blood or anyone who sides with the Jews.

Yes, Freeper ReaganÜberAlles. But that’s just one crazy guy. Right?

…on Sunday, Kristol admitted that Sterling was “bigoted and foolish,” but accused his detractors going “hysterical” over a few sentences.

Also Bill Kristol. He dismisses the outrage.

“I’m a little hesitant to… everyone goes hysterical over two or three sentences, but lets look at the actual deeds of people,” he said. “If people discriminate, it’s against the law, they should be punished.”

It would be one thing if Sterling said racist things in his sleep. It would be another if he demanded others do racist things on his behalf. If, say, he made his girlfriend remove any traces of colored people that could be linked back to him, that would be different.

“If they say stupid things, private organizations can deal with it — private businesses can fire, I suppose, if they say those things.”

When the U.S. Justice Department sues a guy because he refuses to rent apartments to smelly African-Americans, or to Hispanics who “smoke, drink and just hang around the building,” then the private business that he owns should consider…hmm. Bill’s point here is that it would be proper and alright if Donald fired himself. Until that day it would be decent of everybody if they held their tongues. Maybe Bill can have a talk with whoever it is that owns the Clippers?

What do [Cliven] Bundy and Sterling have in common? First of all – aside from the obvious fact that they are white – they are old.

Jazz Shaw at Hot Air says we’re making too much out of white ranchers and, now, billionaires. If you haven’t noticed, they’re old.

And I don’t mean old like me… we’re talking really old. And second, each in their own way are old men who live in a form of isolation. Bundy lives in a geographically isolated, rural region. Sterling lives in the rather insular world of the very wealthy.

When they’re not geographically isolated, they’re insulated by money and power. Everybody knows they’re weirdos so they don’t count. You guys are picking off the stragglers in our herd and, frankly, we’re unimpressed.

I wouldn’t read too much into the comments of septuagenarians who grew up steeped in a different culture.

So you can ignore the likes of Rancho Cielo’s Ronald Reagan and Prairie Chapel Ranch’s George W. Bush. You can forget about Wichita Kansas’ Charles and David Koch too. You can just pretend they’re specters or oddballs…until the next time Jazz demands you pay them all your attention, or at least pockets one of their paychecks, probably a couple minutes from now. And let’s not read too much into blatant racism, shall we?

UPDATE: (Jazz) As is being pointed out repeatedly in the comments, there are two other items of interest. One, Sterling is up for an NAACP lifetime achievement award. The second is that he is apparently also a significant Democrat donor.

Until she points it back at us in the final chapter. That’s when it reads like a whodunnit.

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