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Plenty of bigots to go around

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From page A8 | June 01, 2014 |

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has a great future in American politics. He’s a fair guy, who looks at all sides of an issue before speaking out. When Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling made some stupid comments about blacks, Mayor Johnson represented the NBA and demanded harsh penalties against Sterling for racist remarks.

After intense lobbying by Johnson and numerous others, Mr. Sterling was quickly banned from the league for life and fined $2.5 million. Mayor Johnson and many other players also demanded Sterling sell the Clippers (Daily Republic, May 2, 2014).

Now who was the minister that said “damn white America?” You know, the one who the Obamas worshipped with for so many years? I don’t recall anyone banning him from anything or fining him or demanding he give up his church.

I think most intelligent people just ignore that kind of stupidity, but not all.

Like Mayor Johnson said, “I hope that every bigot in this country sees what happened to Mr. Sterling and recognizes that if he can fall, so can you.”

Oh, well, all I want is my 40 mules and an acre.

Roger Hubbell

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  • Chick HalsteadJune 01, 2014 - 5:44 am

    A man is losing his property because he was overheard saying something deemed to be "racist". He wasn't convicted of a crime, or for violating the Civil Rights Act, just was overheard expressing personal preferences in a private conversation. For that he is losing his property. America - what a country!

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  • rlw895June 01, 2014 - 7:50 am

    He didn't exactly lose his property. He traded it for $2,000,000,000.

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  • Mr. PracticalJune 01, 2014 - 8:15 am

    That's not the point

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  • rlw895June 01, 2014 - 8:37 am

    True. That was MY point. Let's talk about the point then. Mr. Hubble was being misleading.

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  • rlw895June 01, 2014 - 8:39 am

    *Hubbell

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  • Mr. PracticalJune 01, 2014 - 8:41 am

    My bad. I assumed you were responding to Chick's comment and that you may believe it's okay to force someone to divest of property over a legal, private conversation.

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  • rlw895June 01, 2014 - 8:50 am

    Mr.P: No, my bad. I WAS responding to CH. Sorry. Larry has covered the point well.

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  • LarryJune 01, 2014 - 8:45 am

    My feelings were the same as yours. However, after reading the NBA Constitution online the NBA were inline with their decision to ban Sterling. Mr. Sterling sign an agreement with the NBA accepting to obey all rules and regulations of their constitution. The bottom line is he can keep his team, but the team will not be a part of the NBA if it comes to that. So he won't be losing his property just not a part of the NBA.

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  • Mr. PracticalJune 01, 2014 - 8:56 am

    Larry, the qd uestion becomes whether the agreement with the NBA is legally binding. I've been forced to sign non-compete agreement on 4 different occasions, even thought courts have ruled that they aren't binding numerous times. It would be interesting if Sterling would sue and it made its way through the courts.

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  • rlw895June 01, 2014 - 9:03 am

    That WOULD be interesting. At his age, Sterling would probably be history by the time there was a final ruling.

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  • KenRJune 01, 2014 - 6:53 am

    Mr. Hubble, what does that minister have to do with basketball? You would sound so much more informed if your comparison actually had to do with your original subject. You might as well have brought up something a liberal said 40 years ago. Quit watching Fox, you'll be the better for it.

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  • rlw895June 01, 2014 - 7:55 am

    This is almost as good as the infamous Pelosi misquote. Watch the full Jeremiah Wright sermon on YouTube, then we can talk about what that one line means.

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  • 2realJune 01, 2014 - 8:09 am

    Its been like this for years. Blacks can speak on any race and we dont hear it. Just as soon as a black person is spoke about, OH YOU CROSSED THE LINE! Can you imagine if whites or mexicans had their own tv channel? White entertainment television? Sounds racist? Then why doesnt black entertainment television sound racist? Or how bout white people meet. Com. ? There is a black people meet. Com. Im so fed up with having to walk on eggshells around this issue!! Comedian chris rock will say cracker and wet back and we laugh. What would we do if robin williams said the N word. Laugh? No cause that would be racist. What a joke

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  • rlw895June 01, 2014 - 8:13 am

    Do you feel like you're part of an abused majority?

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  • CD BrooksJune 01, 2014 - 8:20 am

    2real, you've made you case here on numerous occasions. We know you're a r*cist, Hom*phobe and don't like old people that drive. You should stand up in church and share these revelations.

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  • 2realJune 01, 2014 - 8:28 am

    Cd thank you for proving my point!!! Im racist right! You couldnt have said it any better.!! Question, if i had been a black person that made my comment would i be racist .NO!!! People like you...boy i tell you your all twisted up aint ya. And for the record i do not like gays. But thanks again cd youve just made everything ive said true.

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  • CD BrooksJune 01, 2014 - 8:33 am

    2real, of course I did. The point you're a religious hypocrite!You’ve never denied the claims in fact you said “just telling it like it is brotha.” So you can clean that up now or simply be judged by your silence. Your God truly works in mysterious ways! 

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  • rlw895June 01, 2014 - 8:47 am

    2r: If only you COULD be an average black person in America today, you might come away with a better understanding. It's not a cure for your r@cism, but it might be a start. Ever read "Black Like Me?" Did you ever find that gay friend to talk about the nature of sexual orientation?

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  • BobJune 01, 2014 - 8:55 am

    I'm white, I can be called a cracker, whitey, the man, any one of a thousand worse names by others of a different persuasion, but should I say anything disparaging of anyone NOT like me I'm terrible and I'm fined told I have to divest myself of the team I own just to make WHO feel better? SC***W TH*M, try taking care of your children and teaching them right from wrong and maybe stop them from shooting each other

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  • 2realJune 01, 2014 - 9:48 am

    Bob im with you. CD apparently has selective viewing so he pretends to not see whats goin on. But like i said a man even brings up an arguement on black people and hes racist. Thanks again CD! rlw895 you might be the only one i know of!

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  • CD BrooksJune 01, 2014 - 10:16 am

    2real, nice. Good stuff from a very young immature individual. When you get some life under your belt you'll recognize how it really is. Until then continue to hide behind your beliefs and prejudicial behavior.

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  • rlw895June 01, 2014 - 3:16 pm

    The only one what?

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  • Mr. PracticalJune 01, 2014 - 3:20 pm

    rlw, with 2real it's the old "wrestling with a pig" thing.

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  • CD BrooksJune 01, 2014 - 3:33 pm

    Mr. Practical, I agree. He's a kid like Daniel and Salty Dog. Immature children. But I guess it keeps them off the streets...

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  • Mr. PracticalJune 01, 2014 - 3:36 pm

    Salty articulates his position fine. You can agree or not agree. 2real is, for the most part, incomprehensible.

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  • CD BrooksJune 01, 2014 - 4:40 pm

    Mr. Practical, actually Salty Dog repeats somebody else words. He's never presented a cogent thought of his own..

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  • JagJune 01, 2014 - 10:02 am

    This is also a fight within the black community, I take a SF city bus several time a week and I always here lots of conversations with (my N this and My N that) I was so confused until one day I was watching ESPN when I learned it is a fight between the older generation and younger generation the older (Joe Green) said no way no how, but some of the younger guys (Mike Wilbon) were saying it is a way of expressing fellowship and appreciation but can a white guy say this to a black guy, I don’t know probably better to walk on egg shells and not say a word when you hear it,

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  • CD BrooksJune 01, 2014 - 10:24 am

    Jag, that would be the wise practice! I have a feeling you're a person with intelligence, wit and good manners. I appreciate that!

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  • 2realJune 01, 2014 - 10:52 am

    Cd i have plenty of life and knowledge under my belt. And with your age you should have this knowledge also. Go back and read my first comment on this subject. If you can look yourself in the mirror and tell yourself that what i wrote isnt true or you dont believe that then let me know. I will have the mental hospital number ready for you.

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  • CD BrooksJune 01, 2014 - 11:10 am

    2real, Chris Rock is one of the greatest comedians around. You know why? because he gets it! He's a smart man and good human being. Robin Williams is another. I have no use for anybody that hates. Unless we're talking about liver, even I hate liver! I've no use for the hypocrisy of religion and the crutch used to support it. You can't have it both ways, that is just not okay. As you like to say we'll agree to disagree but you are as wrong as wrong can be there simply is no justification for your position.

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  • Mr. PracticalJune 01, 2014 - 11:27 am

    CD, the problem is no one has made liver for you properly.

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  • 2realJune 01, 2014 - 11:23 am

    You proved my point cd bigotry. Thank you god bless you

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  • CD BrooksJune 01, 2014 - 11:49 am

    2real, no you are wrong again Where is the bigotry in my comment?

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  • JagJune 01, 2014 - 12:02 pm

    you don't see it, It is against the liver,,, lol ok I will shut up now,

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  • The SugarJarJune 01, 2014 - 12:49 pm

    Apt title.

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  • John AndersonJune 01, 2014 - 2:48 pm

    Sterling's comments were PRIVATE remarks. They were secretly taped and released to the press. This is no different than the 1930s when a person might be overheard by a family member having a PRIVATE conversation critical of Hitler...and that family member then reporting it to the SS! Result? Prison or worse. "Big Brother" is now "We the People". Maybe that's the plan.....

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  • Danny BuntinJune 01, 2014 - 3:11 pm

    The big difference John, is that the government is not in this conversation. He agreed to the terms from the NBA. Now that he has stained the NBA(Not really), it is their wish that he sale the team. The owners must vote on it first though.

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  • rlw895June 01, 2014 - 3:26 pm

    Larry's research sounds correct. The other owners aren't forcing Sterling to sell the team; they are kicking him out of their sandbox for bad behavior. He can continue to own the team if he wants, he just can have it play in the the NBA! Are they doing anything illegal. Another way of saying it is, can Sterling use the law to force the other owners to play ball with him, after what he did?

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  • John AndersonJune 01, 2014 - 2:53 pm

    There is a Bill O'Reilly segment going around the internet now wherein he comments on "bigotry" and "racism". Its on Youtube. Watch it. I'd wager that most all of America agrees with him.

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  • RBJune 01, 2014 - 7:12 pm

    At the end of the day, Sterling's comments whether private or not damaged the Brand of the NBA. As owners they made a business decision to oust Sterling. The NBA is primarily comprised of black players and it is fair to say a overwhelming majority of NBA fans find his comments reprehensible. Therefore, the owners made the business decision to cut ties with him. Let's not fool ourselves that they wanted him out for morale reasons; it was for business reasons. Capitalism at work. Isn't that what the right advocates?

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  • Mr. PracticalJune 01, 2014 - 7:20 pm

    RB, at the end of the day it's nothing but a contractual issue between Sterling and the NBA.

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