I know I should care about the drama surrounding Donald Sterling, but I don’t.
Yes, it’s terrible he’s a racist, but his views have been known for a while now. Folks been calling out Sterling for years.
I don’t care about any of the NBA folks in all this hoopla, they will be alright. They have their millions to keep them warm. I also wasn’t impressed with the Clippers just turning their shirts inside out as a protest. I know they didn’t have much time to react, but come on. How about refuse to play the game, that would have made more of an impact. Double meh.
The only thing that peaked my interest in all the media coverage, is Sterling’s recorded (heh) treatment of black tenants in apartment buildings he owned:
“As sports columnist Bomani Jones wrote, “Though Sterling has no problem paying black people millions of dollars to play basketball, the feds allege that he refused to rent apartments in Beverly Hills and Koreatown to black people and people with children. Talk about strange. A man notoriously concerned with profit maximization refuses to take money from those willing to shell it out to live in the most overrated, overpriced neighborhood in Southern California? That same man, who gives black men tens of millions of dollars every year, refuses to take a few thousand a month from folks who would like to crash in one of his buildings for a while? You gotta love racism, the only force in the world powerful enough to interfere with money-making. Sterling may have been a joke, but nothing about this is funny. In fact, it’s frightening and disturbing that classic racism like this might still be in play.”–http://www.thenation.com/blog/179551/donald-sterling-slumlord-billionaire#
Currently, in my city the issue of gentrification/housing discrimination is huge. As it is all across the country. Poor (and working class) black people/folks of color are being pushed further and further out of the city. Soon, we will be living in the ocean.
Last year, I read Anita Hill’s “Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race and Finding Home.” Hill looks at the ongoing housing crisis in America. It’s a good read. The book details the history of black people trying to find home in a country that has made it hell for them to do so:
I hope this situation with Sterling brings more attention to how poor folks/folks of color are affected by discriminatory housing practices.