Many of you have probably heard about recent stories that dealt with racist comments that were made public by choice and by accident.
First, back in March, Jim Brown, who’s running in Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District, compared modern-day “entitlements” to slavery. But even more disturbing, perhaps, he denied that slavery was, first and foremost, a brutally violent institution:
“Back in the day of slavery, slaves were kept in slavery by denying them education and opportunity while providing them with their basic needs .. Not by beating them and starving them. (Although there were isolated cases if course) Basically slave owners took pretty good care of their slaves and livestock and this kept business rolling along.”
Last week, Cliven Bundy, went from being a little-known Nevada cattle rancher to being labeled a conservative folk hero, and then a “racist” who “wondered” if black people were “better off as slaves, picking cotton.” He was profiled in the New York Times on Thursday. That meant a New York Times reporter was there to hear Bundy say this:
“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.
“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”
Over the weekend, news from the NBA centered more around the racisit remarks from an owner than the NBA playoff games.
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling told his girlfriend that he doesn’t want her to bring black people to his games or post pictures with black people on Instagram, according to unverified audio obtained by TMZ.
The tape begins in the middle of an argument between Sterling and his girlfriend, V. Stiviano. Sterling appears to be upset that Stiviano, who is black and Mexican, has been posting photos to Instagram of herself with black people — in particular, with Magic Johnson.
“It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people,” he is heard saying.
“Do you have to?” Stiviano says that all she did was take a picture with someone she admires. “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 whole life, admire him — bring him here, feed him, f#@& 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?”
He goes on.
Sterling says, “Well then, if you don’t feel—don’t come to my games. Don’t bring black people, and don’t come.”
Stiviano continues, “Do you know that you have a whole team that’s black, that plays for you?”
Sterling replies, “Yes, do I know? I support them and give them food, and clothes, and cars, and houses. Who gives it to them? Does someone else give it to them? Do I know that I have—Who makes the game? Do I make the game, or do they make the game? Is there 30 owners, that created the league?”
But, there is a bright side about this….if you can call it that. It’s more like the right side and how many people, Black and White have all banded together to denounce these men for who they really are. Pathetic, racist bigots.
What are your thoughts on this? Are you surprised?
And, Isn’t it better to know who these people are? So, we can put them on blast instead of not knowing about them at all?