Donald Sterling & The Corporate Plantation

I am very late on this topic, I’ve been busy with other things, but I must chime in. I tried to stay away from the Donald Sterling controversy because it was futile to me to focus on one man when the problem is the institution as a whole. So, Mr. Sterling likes to associate with half-black women, but hates Black people. Nothing unique about that. We’ve seen that throughout history. Have we forgotten about Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Thistlewood or Strom Thurmond? All of these white men slept with at least partly Black women, yet all of them held racist views towards Black people. I am not at all shocked, the news about Donald Sterling didn’t particularly interest me because I had heard it all before. However, what gets to me is not the fact that he had a relationship with a Black/Latina woman, who clearly has her own problems with her identity, it’s the fact that he said this,

“I support them and give them food, and clothes, and cars, and houses. Who gives it to them? Does someone else give it to them? Do I know that I have—Who makes the game? Do I make the game, or do they make the game? Is there 30 owners, that created the league?”

This statement should be a wake up call to all Black people, especially Black professional athletes. Just remember Donald Sterling is only one man expressing his views, but ask yourself this. How many Black players are there in the NBA and how many Black owners are there of those sports teams? Who are you really playing for and where is your hard-earned money going to?

Just remember years ago, Black folks were allowed to entertain white folks, dance, sing and perform and white folks happily watched, but at the end of the day, the black folks had to go out of the back door and exit through the kitchen. The message being, you can entertain us, but don’t you dare think that you’re one of us. As Donald Sterling put so bluntly, “you’re like an enemy to me.”

Fame and money will only take you so far, as a Black person, when you are not even running the game. So I can’t say that I am terribly surprised by Donald Sterling’s comments. I am surprised that more Black people still haven’t opened their eyes to reality. You may have some  dollars, but just remember while you’re being paid millions, those who own you are bringing in billions. The minute you step out of line, you “become an enemy to them.” Think about that next time you, as a Black person, think you’ve made it.

There are many a Donald Sterlings out there.

2 thoughts on “Donald Sterling & The Corporate Plantation

  1. Great post. Donald Sterling is a product of his environment and generation. Many if not most White men of his generation were taught to look down on Black people and mistreat them. Honestly none of his views shock me. What shocks me is that the media didn’t say anything when he was practicing house discrimination against Black and Latino families yet had the audacity to say something when he was recorded telling his mixed Black and Mexican mistress-V Stivanio not to bring Black people to his games. Ironically he owns a sports team, Clippers that has predominately Black players.

    This controversy tells me a lot about this country. America is still racist

  2. As ironic as this sounds, Donald Sterling is the best thing to happen to black people in a LONG TIME. Why, he proved so pretty basic truths that we all know but might not openly admit

    1) Blacks in interracial relationships with whites should say colorblind and never talk about racial matters.
    -Let the real black people handle that. Take your racial abuse, try to make a profit as best as possible and live your life. Stay OUT of serious matters.

    2) Integration is a good thing, really?
    Of course mindless and spineless Negroes think so. Instead of focusing on wealth building and bettering the quality of life in Black America, Negroes wanted to integrate. Does not seem like such a great idea when you consider that the power structure of white supremacy has not changed

    Lets face it Peanut, Donal Sterling is not the bad guy here. He is just telling basic truths that “real” black folks already know.

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