Why Donald Sterling May Not Be Racist
The Barbara Walters Version
After being seen in an oversized visor that covered her entire face, V. Stiviano and Donald Sterling agreed, then disagreed, then again agreed to talk to Barbara Walters about the ordeal. At the last minute, Sterling backed out, but Stiviano decided to continue with the interview in defense of both of them.
Stiviano denied a sexual relationship with Sterling, saying he is a "father figure" in her life. A billionaire father figure who is nearly 50 years older than she, and has given her property, cars and cash for being his self-proclaimed "right hand".
Stiviano is young, gorgeous and possibly cunning, but articulate she is not, and the interview needed the touch of a public relations professional. She most certainly could have made things worse, but that remains to be seen.
Although many would agree this is a ludicrous description of their arrangement, the audio can be interpreted in multiple ways.
Sterling offered an explanation that may not have any ill intent behind it. One must keep in mind the company Sterling keeps is most likely similar to a country club on steroids. He is dealing with people who may frown upon what they would interpret as extreme sympathy for the minorities in this country, which they may help in the form of charities to maintain a certain image, but would not choose to fraternize with otherwise. Sterling may simply be playing the game and avoiding conflict. Though he may be a man of means, in certain clandestine meetings he may be a little fish in a big pond.
Lust, Lies and Videotape
The tale is the stuff of mystery novels: a wealthy man, a beautiful lady, an undefined relationship and an audiotape displaying a possible betrayal of trust. In spite of the details, one must avoid being caught up in buzzwords and examine whether or not the honest words of a private conversation are evidence of a cold, indifferent racist, or merely a seasoned business man explaining how he has to survive while interacting with the upper echelons of society.
A Clandestine Conversation
A Man of a Certain Age
Many people excuse Sterling's controversial conversation by blaming it on his formidable years during a not-so-shining era in American history. Truthfully, if he is racist, how would such a set-in-stone mentality be reformed? Also, how could one despise a group of people who have made them immensely successful? The old adage may be true, you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but likewise, he runs with the big dogs, and they are equally as old, so maybe he is mindful of this statement as well. Sterling is no stranger to scandal, but is it possible this is not his first rodeo because he has to maintain a certain image in order to stay in the game? Who truly knows. Hopefully this article has offered another perspective.