The NBA slapped a lifetime ban on embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling after audio of him saying some insanely racist remarks surfaced. What Sterling said on tape is disgusting and he deserves his banishment and public shaming. And so does another basketball bigot: Spike Lee.
Spike Lee was sitting front row when NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced Sterling’s fate.
— Aaron Katersky (@AaronKatersky) April 29, 2014
Spike Lee appeared on CNN and compared Sterling to a slave owner saying, “when you hear something like that, that is a mentality of a slave master. He sees his players as slaves.”
However, the same sentiment that Sterling spouted on tape when he said, “Don’t come to my games. Don’t bring black people,” is the same racially separatist notion that Spike Lee advanced when he said, “Why does it take an influx of white New Yorkers in the south Bronx, in Harlem, in Bed Stuy, in Crown Heights for the facilities to get better…why did it take this great influx of white people to get the schools better?”
According to their own words, both Sterling and Spike are against black and white people being in the same place at the same time.
Indeed, both Donald Sterling and Spike Lee have a twisted and pathological “black-white” worldview. And while many have said that Sterling’s racism has been known about for decades, the same can be said about Spike Lee.
When he visited South Africa in the early 90s, Spike Lee was quoted in London’s Guardian newspaper as saying, “I seriously wanted to pick up a gun and shoot whites. The only way to resolve matters is by bloodshed.”
Spike Lee said Obama’s 2008 candidacy was a chance for black people to move beyond “massuh Clinton.”
“The Clintons, man, they would lie on a stack of Bibles…I voted for Clinton twice, but that’s over with. These old black politicians say, ‘Ooh, Massuh Clinton was good to us, massuh hired a lot of us, massuh was good!’ Hoo! Charlie Rangel, David Dinkins—they have to understand this is a new day,” Spike Lee said
And we all remember Spike Lee’s most recent race rant where he lamented over New York’s social-economic landscape shifting due in part to a flush of affluent whites moving into predominantly black neighborhoods: “You can’t just come in the neighborhood and start bogarting and say, like you’re mother-effing Columbus and kill off the Native Americans.”
I could keep going, but you get the point. It’s absolutely bizarre that Spike Lee can spread his racial hate and get a pass, while Sterling is tarred and feathered for saying equally offensive things.
If the NBA is banning people for saying racist remarks, how about giving Spike the boot next?
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