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Chuck Pinkey

May 6, 2014

America has a double standard on race-baiting

As I’m writing this article and surfing the major news websites, I come to the conclusion that Putin and the Ukraine are no longer a problem, the bloody Syrian civil war must be over, and the tornadoes that killed 13-16 Americans this week must have been a figment of someone’s imagination.

What happened? All the major networks are fixated on racist statements made by the 80-year-old billionaire owner of the Los Angeles Clippers to his 31-year-old supermodel girlfriend. By the way, have you seen this babe? The old coot is lucky he hasn’t died of a heart attack! Betcha by the time the media are done with him, he’d wished he had. At least then, he’d have died smiling.

Apparently, in a taped private conversation, the old guy told her not to associate with, invite to his games, or have her picture taken with “black men.” Seems like an odd statement for an owner of a National Basketball Association (NBA) team to make, especially when his girlfriend is half-black, to boot.

The NBA fined him $2.5 million and banned him for life from all contact with his team and the NBA. Chances are, he will be forced to sell his $500-million team at fire-sale prices. Seems like a stiff punishment for a private conversation, but the NBA is free to set its own rules. Anyway, by the time you read this column, it will be old news.

Of all subjects to discuss, race is the most difficult and the most inflammatory. One should know better than to even talk about it, but I do take issue with the selective outrage, race-baiting, and the direct or indirect condemnation of America as a racist country.

The owner of the LA Clippers is a public figure, and he was held accountable by the media and the NBA. Yet, the racial slurs, outright lies and deliberate actions taken against other races by the Reverends Sharpton, Jackson, Jeremiah Wright and Louis Farrakhan are ignored. Why are they not condemned by the media and censored by their churches? Aren’t they racists too?

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