Black and white and Donald Sterling’s green

By | April 29, 2014

Last week, as Barack Obama reeled from fresh foreign-policy disasters, the news media cornered him in Malaysia to seek his reaction to the leading story of the day: Not Vladimir Putin. Not the Middle East. The Donald Sterling recording.

Mr. Sterling, the exceedingly unpleasant owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team, made a number of privately recorded comments that appear to reveal him as a racist jerk. (All of this is still alleged; no one has proved that it’s him on the recording, but no one believes it’s anybody else.)

Mr. Obama didn’t have to think too hard. He condemned the (alleged) remarks as “incredibly offensive” and “racist,” and added: “The United States continues to wrestle with the legacy of race and slavery and segregation.”

To what extent Mr. Sterling represents the wider issue of racism in America is open to debate. What’s beyond debate is that he is now a massive headache for the National Basketball Association. Everybody wants his head. But how does the NBA propose to get it? (the Globe and Mail)

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