Donald Sterling–A Contrarian Viewpoint

Of course we’ve all heard Donald Sterling’s, the owner of the LA Clippers, racist rant. If you haven’t, then you seriously need to consider crawling from beneath that rock and partaking in this thing called life. First of all, I want to be clear. The words that came out of Mr. Sterling’s mouth in that private conversation with his mistress were deplorable, detestable, hateful, despicable, tasteless, and every other vile thing that one can think of. There should be no place for that in American society. We’re a melting pot of many different races, creed, colors, and sexual orientations. And had Mr. Sterling expressed those views willingly and in public, I too, would be on the bandwagon to drum him out of society. But, let’s hold up just one minute. Notice how I used the words, public and private. I know. I know. The words themselves are taking precedent here. Never mind, you say, where he said them or in what context, he said them and for that he must be excommunicated. Man, I tell you, I hate going against the tide of public opinion. I mean I really do. It’s lonely over here. But alas, I must. Again, let me reiterate, Mr. Sterling’s words are all the things I’ve just stated. I hate those words. In my right mind I would never use those words. And before someone questions me or questions my knowledge about the power of words, let me assure you I understand the power of words. I’m a God-fearing man who believes my creator created every thing by His WORD. Words can be powerful, creative, and destructive. Believe me; I get that. What I’m saying here is, Mr. Sterling said his words in a private, heated conversation. Did they represent his true feelings? Perhaps or perhaps not. His friends, family, employees, business associates, and the like are in a better position to answer that question. At the very least, all I can say is if Mr. Sterling is indeed a racist, then he hid it extremely well, even going so far as to own a basketball team where he paid African-American players millions of dollars to play a childhood game, and also even donating millions of dollars to the NAACP. Not to make light of the matter, but we could probably use a few more of those types of racists, and not like that guy Bundy from Arizona. Anyway, my main point is, we need to think long and hard before we start condemning people for what they’ve said in their private conversations. It’ s a slippery slope from there. Does private conversations ever trump public words and actions. I know you say you hate closet racists. Me too. But was Mr. Sterling a closet racist or a man with hated views of minorities; but one who was desperately trying to understand them and was willing to work with them despite how he truly felt? I don’ t know. Again, I submit you have to ask the people who work, live, and deal with him on a regular basis. But I challenge anyone to let all their private conversations become public. If that happens, I’m willing to bet that Mr. Sterling won’t be the only one of us being shunned and excommunicated. Some people can’t help how they truly feel about people, be it the person’s race, creed, or sexual orientation. But we all should be able to tolerate each other long enough to work together. Our country requires and needs us to do that. But no one should be exorcised when in their private conversations they let out a little racist steam. Hate the words, not the person. Help Mr. Sterling and others like him. If we subsequently find out that he is truly a racist beyond help, then by means, excommunicate his butt, and with the quickness!