Donald Sterling exposed more than his own ignorance

Donald Sterling is a bigot who got what he deserved.

But the over-reaction to his comments reveals how fucking soft, and emotionally trigger-happy, we’ve become.

For instance, an ESPN reporter said that, in first game played after Sterling’s racist musings went public, Clippers center DeAndre Jordan was in a “catatonic state.” He scored zero points in the Clips’ Game 4 loss.

I’d hate to see how Jordan would’ve fared marching to Selma, when there were thousands of Donald Sterlings yelling much worse things. And that was the least of what the civil rights demonstrators faced.

Now some are calling for the Clippers to change their nickname. One Yahoo! Sports columnist wrote, “Using the old transitive property we learned in high school math, the link is simple and stark: Clippers = Sterling = Racist.”

Based on that logic, virtually every American sports team older than 50 years should change their nicknames since, odds are, they were once owned by a racist.

For years, the Boston Red Sox were owned by Tom Yawkey, a notorious racist who makes Sterling look like Phil Donahue in comparison.

According to Yawkey’s 1976 obituary in The Boston Globe, future Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson tried out at Fenway Park in 1945.

According to the Globe:

The story went that Mr. Yawkey and Eddie Collins were standing in the back of the park and the club owner allegedly said: “all right, get those [expletives] out of the ball park.” Robinson for years branded him a racist.

Let’s all calm down. Donald Sterling is a racist who’s paying the price for his ignorance. Good. Time to move on.

Why cracker is not the ‘C-word’

When I was a kid, white supremacist J.B. Stoner ran for state office in Georgia. His ads, which TV stations were forced to air due to the Fairness Doctrine, included the N-word. It was jarring to hear, even for a kid who had not yet been exposed to politics of race.

I also watched shows like “Sanford and Son” and “The Jeffersons,” where words like “honky” and “cracker” were thrown around liberally. I don’t remember being offended or shocked; instead, I laughed.

If  a kid can decipher context, surely adults can. Some just choose not to, rushing to play the victim after prosecution witness Rachel Jeantel used the phrase “creepy ass cracker” during her testimony in the George Zimmerman trial.

Major league asshole John Rocker is particularly offended:

But, as Jeantel testified, Martin had no problem utilizing a jingoistic, racial pejorative (incorrectly, by the way) in describing a man who turned out to be Zimmerman. The entire media that were so quick to both lynch Deen and convict George Zimmerman before his trial even began were then forced to defend not only the crude racial remarks of Martin (and the even cruder testimony of Jeantel), but explain them away as being innocuous.

As someone who to this day, whenever I’m interviewed, is forced to discuss comments made 14 years ago, I look at the media’s ferocious lynching of George Zimmerman but the casual manner they’ve brushed aside comments of Trayvon Martin as even more infuriating.

Racism is racism.

No, racism is power. If blacks had been the slave owners and segregationists then cracker would be the pejorative with consequences. The N-word, meanwhile, would be something the few white characters on sitcoms said for laughs.

It’s not that hard to understand.

It is required that you love LeBron James

LeBron James is the best player on the best team in basketball. Of course people are going to dislike him. I dislike Bryce Harper because he’s the best player on my favorite team’s biggest rival. (And because he appears to be something of a douche.)

But some are ascribing insidious motives to those who don’t genuflect before LeBron, inferring that racism is at play. That’s as silly as it is insulting.

Then there’s the LeBron sycophants, a sad byproduct of our celebrity-worshipping culture. We’re a nation of front-runners, conditioned to love the best and forgetting the rest.

Case in point: When the Heat played in Atlanta this year the crowd was split 80-20 in favor of the ROAD team.

Yet LeBron is a victim? He should welcome the detractors — it means he’s still relevant.

And if being loved is so important to him, maybe he shouldn’t have gotten that “Chosen One” tattoo.

Trayvon Martin

Why test the victim for drugs but not his shooter?

Trayvon Martin was tested for drugs and alcohol, post-mortem. The man who shot him, Robert Zimmerman, was not.

[P]olice seemed to accept Zimmerman’s account at face value that night and that he was not tested for drugs or alcohol on the night of the shooting, even though it is standard procedure in most homicide investigations.

That should you tell you all you need to know about how Sanford, Fla. police mishandled this case from the beginning.