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Interesting perspective on the Donald Sterling decision

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Well worth reading. By Jelani Cobb in the New Yorker:

A few months ago, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, I was rushing along the street one morning when an older white man offered me a handshake and a cordial “Good morning.” His warm greeting was followed by what he meant as a sincere compliment: “You did a wonderful job painting that stoop yesterday.” I blinked in confusion, and he recognized his mistake. “Do I have the wrong one?” he asked. I assured him that I had definitely not painted his stairs the previous day, and continued across town, somewhat bemused by the encounter.

The episode stuck with me because it so perfectly embodied a kind of vintage racism, one in which all members of a particular racial group are entirely interchangeable; to respond with anger would be entirely beside the point. For many years, I was puzzled by African-Americans who collected Sambo and Mammy figurines, plantation grotesques whose distorted features expressed the prevailing arguments for slavery and segregation. But my sidewalk encounter suggested a possible rationale for these purchases: they recalled an era when people were at least candid about their racial views.

This afternoon, Adam Silver, the N.B.A. commissioner, announced that the Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who was recorded telling a girlfriend that he didn’t want her to bring black people to his games, will be banned for life and fined $2.5 million, and that the league will attempt to force Sterling to sell the team. Faced with grumblings about a player strike or diminished attendance during the playoffs, the league had no choice but to act quickly.

In matters of race, Malcolm X argued, American politics were divided not between liberals and conservatives but between “wolves” and “foxes”—between . . .

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Written by Leisureguy

29 April 2014 at 12:37 pm

Posted in Daily life

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