Originally Posted by Jeremie Boop
It could just be my personal feelings getting in the way here, because if I were to judge my grandparents (who are the same age as this man) by some of these same types of thinking they would be viewed as horrible people. My grandfather refuses to watch most sports because they are dominated by black athletes, but at the same time I was told he whooped my uncle as a kid for calling a black person the N word and won't tolerate people talking bad about them. As stated above, my grandmother believes that black people make houses smell bad but she has never said bad things about them other than that. Though she does hold to the belief that interracial relationships are bad, she does not speak bad about my fiance whose mexican american or my niece's boyfriend who's black. A lot of people have certain prejudices that they have learned from family/friends/or personal experiences. Some have been able to get over them others haven't.
I try to stay objective when it comes to conversations like this, but I think it's sounding more like I'm defending racism..... Hopefully that's not what everyone thinks.
Sure, I agree ... all prejudices are learned. The difference is, though, that your Grandma doesn't own an NBA team. Nobody is suggesting Sterling should be in jail, or anything like that, for his views, but he just shouldn't own an NBA team.
However I disagree with your statement about my last comment. Because if you combine that statement (about the beautiful black bodies) with the statement to Elgin Baylor about the Southern white coach and the poor black players, it sounds very much like he treats, or wishes he could treat, the Clippers like his very own plantation, and the players like his best slaves. That's why that comes across as racist (really, really, racist, in fact) to me.
Oh, and I'm not 100% sure about the paying for sex thing. I think that it was pointed out in the articles because it was a friend or a mistress he was paying JUST so he could have sex and not worry about anything else. Not a prostitute. But I don't actually know, and the last article didn't elaborate.
Originally Posted by newtogolf
I don't wish cancer on anyone, no matter how ignorant they are. I think Blake is a classy guy and taking this path will earn him a lot of good will and respect.
Me neither. I completely agree.