[Marxism] The real tragedy of Donald Sterling's racism: it took this long for us to notice | Kevin B Blackistone | Comment is free | theguardian.com
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Mon Apr 28 06:16:43 MDT 2014
As riots exploded across America in early April 1968 in the immediate
wake of Rev Martin Luther King's assassination, President Lyndon Johnson
went on a Capitol Hill offensive to pass a law he hoped would, in part,
quell some of the violence and best honor the man just slain. A day
after King was buried, the Fair Housing Act was passed.
And in the nearly half-century since the enactment of that bedrock piece
of civil rights legislation, which outlawed housing discrimination,
there hasn't been a greater offender of it, perhaps, than longtime NBA
owner Donald Sterling of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Yet it was just this Saturday that there arose a hue and cry for the NBA
to act against Sterling. It came in reaction to an audio recording
allegedly of Sterling, who is white, telling his mixed-race girlfriend
not to bring black people to his team's games.
Decades of racist policy renting housing in Los Angeles, which turned
Sterling into a real-estate mogul wealthy enough to buy and run a
professional sports team, didn't elicit any such furor. But decades of
lousy Clippers basketball under Sterling's stewardship turned the
Clippers into the butt of late-night TV jokes. The Clippers were laughed
at for losing, laughed at for being cheap, laughed at for moving in with
the star-studded Lakers, laughed at for being a second-class franchise
in a first-class sports league.
But all those years, not enough people looked at Donald Sterling as the
racist landlord the law so bore him out to be.
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