Racism has no place in NBA or here

The recent comments made by Donald Sterling, owner of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, pertaining to “black people” were disturbing and concerning — to say the least.
May 20, 2014


Fortunately, the league dealt with Sterling’s racist outburst in a very firm and timely manner by implementing a lifetime ban and forcing him to sell the team.

How can someone in his position be so ignorant to say such things? On second thought, how can someone in any position think, let alone verbalize, such things about other human beings? 

It happens throughout our society at many different levels, and that needs to change.

When things of this nature involving people at such high levels happen, other things begin to surface. In this case, it was the news that Sterling was in line to receive a lifetime achievement award from the NAACP. What? How is that possible?

It’s called money  — and lots of it.

Sterling is a billionaire who has a long track record of discrimination issues. But apparently, if you contribute to an organization that supports the very people you are discriminating against, it can more easily be overlooked and swept under the rug as long as those donations continue to roll in.

But it will never go away, and Sterling is a shining example of that.

Unfortunately, these same kind of issues can happen right here in Northwest Ottawa County. Unlike Sterling’s high-profile rant, which was splashed across the airwaves for weeks, we as a community don’t often hear about the racist comments, and nothing is done to resolve the problem.

As a community, we must do our part to keep unacceptable acts like this from happening, and do our part to be a more diverse and welcoming community.

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Back to the Wall

What about "Hoosiers"?
I hate "Hoosiers" for no good reason.

Ottawa County has a long track record of "Hoosier" hate.
Are we allowed to hate "Hoosiers" and ask our wives not to bring them home to dinner?

Do "Hoosiers" deserve special protection; will I be kicked out of the county for holding a negative opinion of "Hoosiers"?

NOTICE:to those who do not understand "Sarcasm" just back away from the keyboard. I refer to Vonnegut's granfallon - the "false karass" of "Hoosierdom". Get over yerselfs.


YOur're right it's about money, this is old news that no matter how many times it's brought up it addresses one man's racists comments captured in a private conversation by a gold digger wishing to cash in one last time. Why is it his private conversation equals fines and confiscation of his property while never mentioning the hatefull racist things players have PUBLICLY said about others without one person standing up to say it's not tolerated...if Sperling was a guy that could put a ball through a hoop more times than others nobody would care how racist he was but there are championships (money) at stake and games to win (money) and all the advertising to see a stellar performer at the top of his game (Money) so if we are going to punish NBA folks for words be consistent, being selective in who gets punished for words regarding race is in itself racism.


This stuff gets all blown out of proportion and people make mountains out of mole hills and use it as a vehicle to launch some kind of civil disobedience while expecting to get away with it. I hear many times by Muskegon African Americans calling each other the "N" word. Teen age African Americans address each other with those words - but some reason that is OK. But if a white person does it - its World War 3. They greet each other say "Hey bro - your my (N) word. But do we see white people saying to their friends "hey your my cracker?" Or "hey your my trailer trash"? Or the ebonics version "Hay ur my craka" Answer is most likely not. Alot of this stuff is just plain hype and its used as an excuse to justify civil disobedience among what ever party chooses to be offended by it.


How come richie incognito , John Jerry and mike pouncey are not banned for life from football for bullying and racial harassment toward Jonathan Martin? Seems to me they should be banned from sports for life and fined.


Perhaps Donald Sterling fancies himself to be the slave owner plantation master, buying, selling, and trading men, investing in them just the amount needed to get the greatest return on investment. He would never actually associate with them on a personal level, but rather views them as chattel to be used, and then discarded or traded when convenient.


Now that sure raises the level of conversation!

I get it, it feels good to dump on this bigot, but there is far more at play here. The media (and you) are being played predictably here!

How does this private conversation become public? Follow the money!

Why the selective outrage on race? Follow the money!

Was he the guy that said "they wanna put ya all back in chains" or was that some other old white guy?


I think I can help, with reference to the time-honored role of the college debate societies in identifying and defending issues and raising the level of conversation on topics of interest.

The topic: the War Powers Resolution

The debate sponsor: Founded in 1971 as the Southwest Cross Examination Debate Association, CEDA is now the primary national association promoting policy topic intercollegiate academic debate.
In cooperation with the National Debate Tournament Committee and the American Debate Association, CEDA formulates the annual intercollegiate policy debate topic used in tournament competition throughout the nation.

CEDA acts as a tournament sanctioning agent, providing through its Constitution and By-Laws a framework for normalizing tournament practices and procedures. Throughout the tournament season, CEDA calculates the National Sweepstakes Standings, the national and regional rankings of member institutions based on compiled tournament results.
The association also hosts an annual National Championship Tournament that brings together over 200 individual debate teams from across the nation to compete for a national team championship.

The winners: http://youtu.be/FCx2uGBhvEc

Hope this clarifies things. . . . and helps some kids and parents about the wisdom of going into debt for a college education.

Barry Soetoro

I made it to 1:20 but read all the comments.


I agree with the one comment....were cooked! I wish I was a part of the greatest generation so I would not have to be here for what is coming next!


Calm down, Wing. I'm interested in how and why a wealthy man, who employs some of the top black athletes in the world, has a racist attitude. After all, Sterling should be very grateful to them for helping increase his vast wealth, and respectful of their talent, skill, and pure athleticism - he searches the country for the cream of the crop. But instead, he seems to have adopted an entirely different attitude.

I'm looking back over a lifetime, not just this one lone incidence. Apparently, Sterling has a history of discrimination. It occurred to me that he looks upon himself in the manner I spelled out. I don't think I'm too far off the mark. As to this private conversation becoming public - of course it has to do with money. Google the dude - he's no angel. And by the way, I'm only half interested in this story - wealthy racists, white supremists, and misogynists are a dime a dozen.

Vast Right Wing...


Jay-Z, known as Shawn Carter on his birth certificate, was a part owner of the Brooklyn Nets from 2003 through 2013. In February 2010, Jay-Z hosted an extravagant party at the Merah club located in central London, banning white people from attendance. The party was exclusively for music industry executives, reporters, and whoever Jay-Z deemed worthy of his presence, which translated into a blacks only party. Bouncers were told not to grant admission to any whites.

Donald Sterling and Jay-Z are both racists, but the double standard in how the NBA reacted is nauseating.


If all of us would try to treat others as we wish to be treated then at least we would know we tried the best we could.


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