By Greg Halvorson
Alright, I don’t want to comment on the overblown crime that isn’t a crime currently distracting from an economy that may soon fall behind China, but I’ll opine on the idiocy unleashed by Donald Sterling’s less than sterling yap. Yesterday, I stuck my toe in the water with the following insensitive and repugnant post:
1) The Clippers owner is a liberal buffoon and hypocrite, but that doesn’t mean he can be stripped of his rights… By what law is a PRIVATE CITIZEN – the NBA commissioner – granted the power to ban another private citizen – Sterling – from attending NBA games open to all who buy a ticket? Racists aren’t allowed the same RIGHTS as non-racists? People aren’t allowed to SPEAK incorrectly?
Gimme a break-I hope Sterling SUES. And I hope he WINS in the name of Free Speech.
2) If Donald Sterling, as a black NBA owner, said racist things about white people, there would be no controversy and no media coverage…. He would receive no punishment…. For, it’s okay when blacks are racist against whites-only whites are attacked, fed to the lions, and beat without mercy by Orwellian Brown Shirts who enforce double-standards in the name of victimhood.
Now, a day later, after being called racist….I double-down. Every race-baiting buffoon from Al Sharpton to Oprah – both of whom have been so oppressed that their personal assistants make six figures – has weighed in, as if Sterling drove to Compton, sat on the corner, and unleashed a water-cannon on “all dem lookalikes.” Indeed, as the outrage spread, I marveled. A pantheon of degenerate rappers, race-baiters, and pious weirdos assailed Sterling for the crime of being crass.
But what did he say? Was it that awful? Stupid, yeah. Racist, indeed. But Big Al and Jesse “Heimy-town” Jackson have uttered far more inflammatory lines – openly, hatefully racist lines – without finding their head on a platter. And what of Jay-Z, who sports openly racist jewelry inside…. wait for it… NBA ARENAS?
Inquiring minds wanna know: Why do some hateful, racist bigots get a free pass to be hateful, racist bigots?
Sterling is a clown, but, seriously, what do these Faux-Outragists say to each other in private – i.e., non-recorded – conversations? Never a tawdry line? Never an epithet?
Ummm…. Forget Oprah. I’d be willing to bet that 90% of the population, at one time or another, has said something so out-of-character – so idiotic and personally reprehensible – that Oprah, if she heard it, would sit on their head.
Again, Sterling is a loser, yet I nonetheless am uneasy about circumventing the market (Let outraged fans punish him at the gate. Allow sponsors to white-wash the arena) and banning him for the content of a PRIVATE conversation. FREE SPEECH isn’t speech cleansed of foolishness. Sterling is a fool, but I would rather have fools acting a-holedly than a society cowed by Thought Police.
Which brings me to Obama…. Of course, he weighed-in. Couldn’t help himself from Asia. Because, if he had a son (and not a set of FACTS), you know, he would “look like Trayvon,” and “the Cambridge police acted stupidly,” so why not spew as you trash America on the taxpayer dime?
ZERO: “The United States continues to wrestle with a legacy of race and slavery and segregation that’s still there-the vestiges of discrimination.”
Wow…. A slum-lord from Los Angeles gets taped saying something stupid in a private conversation and – VOILA! – the president of the United States, extrapolating wildly, ignores the comment’s source, demolishes reason, and twists it into an indictment of all of society and the horrors of SEGREGATION and SLAVERY, writ large. An old man decries his acquaintance hangin’ with blacks, and this, according to Zero, means the nation has boomeranged to 1859.
Good grief. What we’re “wrestling with” is a president who jumps through Sharpton’s hoop like a flea, while looking askance of Kermit Gosnell (D-Philadelphia) who butchered black babies, discriminated against black mothers, and….
As news came that first quarter GDP was flat, that the U.S. is “growing” at 0.1%, that the White House premeditated a lie, COVERED IT UP and abandoned Americans to die in cold blood-as all this was happening, Obama fed the frenzy. The frenzy went viral. And Donald Sterling, a man with no power, who makes no law, became the latest Shiny Object in a land of Shiny Objects that “double-drivels” dutifully in Faux Outrage Land.