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Why Donald Sterling May Not Be Racist

Updated on May 19, 2014
Sterling and his alleged mistress court side at a Los Angeles Clipper's game.
Sterling and his alleged mistress court side at a Los Angeles Clipper's game. | Source

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.

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      big daddy oreo 3 years ago

      More like stupid middle white america. When is the white man going to realize that when you no use white hands to handle your black enemies all you get is more black enemies. They should have learned that after rodney king.

      if I was in charge I would turn america into an all black face law enforcement team. That way they could take law and order in the black community. MORE BLACK SKIN COPS MEANS LESS BLACK CRIME.

      THE sooner white people listen to me the better. Oreo cops, oreo bosses and oreo lawyers 4 life.

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      RealestMotherDear 3 years ago from Louisiana

      He doesn't need protection. He has a badge and the financial backing of scared white middle America. He is well covered, like Zimmerman.

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      RealestMotherDear 3 years ago from Louisiana

      He doesn't need protection. He has a badge and the financial backing of scared white middle America. He is well covered, like Zimmerman.

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      bdp 3 years ago

      Black skin would protect darren wilson

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      big daddy oreo 3 years ago

      I wish I could tell the world that black skin would be a friend too many white men.

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      opinionduck 3 years ago

      The term Racist is itself a slur. It has little meaning in the law, as it is as fuzzy as the word pornography. Who is the victim in the private conversation of Sterling? Where is the illegality or the proof.

      Does the term Racist trump Freedom of Speech in the case where someone makes a public statement.

      If we could tap into all the private conversations going on in the country, how many people would stand the scrutiny if they were leaked to the public?

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      big daddy oreo 3 years ago

      And don't think that being white protects you from looking suspicous either.

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      big daddy oreo 3 years ago

      Like I said I had a black friend make some racial remarks. And I would love to make a statement by going undercover as a black man. Also what I see on television makes me realize that it is time to bring pigmentation into the white community.

      I wanted to be black before I realized how much bad blood there was between whites and blacks. The first thing that attracted me to black skin was protection. I noticed in some of my jobs that managers were much less likely to dog you if you was black. Even though black people may disagree. I am not that good at speaking up for myself but I think black skin can help.

      I think the one thing all whites don't realize in their rivalry with the black community is that a black person or a white man disguised as a black man can protect and help them much better.

      If I am a black man I can help whites get more black votes, more productivity out of their black employees etc. I know that I am more valuable to the white community with a black face.

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      RealestMotherDear 3 years ago from Louisiana

      Who hurt you?

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      brian 3 years ago

      So what do you call those black bodyguards?

      media perception is

      black male is strong white male is weak

      black male is cool white male is nerdy

      black male has big junk white male has little junk

      black male is exciting white male is boring

      black male is good in bed white male is bad in bed

      and the black man still thinks that the white man gets treated better in this country. Being white is the biggest scam in america and i hope that I will be blessed with black skin.

      I do agree with the media somewhat. But I think the white man Is better with black skin than without.

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      RealestMotherDear 3 years ago from Louisiana

      There are already lots of "Black bodyguards" but that is not what we call them, lol! I don't know if I agree with your perception of race in media. Thanks again for sharing.

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      brian 3 years ago

      Yes black skin can help somebody age better. I also think black skin can make somebody look tougher. Black skin very well could make pee wee herman, napoleon dynamite and richard simmons look like a tough son of a gun.

      I would love to go undercover as a black man someday. I know the odds are against it happening but it would be a dream come true. I have a combination of reasons why I want to do this. One reason is I feel like dark chocolate skin would make me look tougher. In the commercials they always make the white man look like a fool. While there is some truth to it I still think black skin would help the white nerd.

      another reason I want to go undercover as a black man is I want to be that black voice that the white community so desperately needs. The white community needs a black bodyguard and I am one race change away from being that guy. I know I could pull it off.

      and another reason is I want to get back at someone who is black and turned out to be racist in my opinion. He said some things that really made me angry. He knows I want to be black. So I what I would do is go undercover as a black man and bragg about how tough I look. Then I would say I am the white man's black bodyguard. From there I would bragg about how I am going to be an oreo boss and use my blackness to get more productivity out of black employees.

      Sometimes success is the best revenge. What better way to make a statement than by making a career out of being black. Big daddy oreo the Oreo boss. I am sure he would find humor in it but I hope him and any other racist black person realizes that black skin and the white man would make a good team.

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      RealestMotherDear 3 years ago from Louisiana

      As a Black person, I feel Black skin is less prone to skin cancers, takes longer to wrinkle and is more resilient against the elements. Thanks for your comments as always.

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      brian 3 years ago

      Thank you. Do you agree with a lot of my points? Do you think black skin could be helpful to the white community if it waz used the way I drew it up?

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      RealestMotherDear 3 years ago from Louisiana

      I enjoy your colorful commentary

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      brian 3 years ago

      I will have to keep my eyes open. What a game changer it would be if the white community had access to pigmentation. I am stunned that small percentages of white men are not going undercover as black men. You could use them to help get black votes.

      black skin would also help the white man find his man card. People who look like richard simmons, napoleon dynamite, or pee wee herman would beNefit from having black skin. Black skin would make somebody look like a tough son of a gun.

      black skin is very good for protection in our society. You are much less likely to get robbed walking down the street if you are black skinned. Black skin is like a body guard. Black skin is also popular with the ladies. I will never understand why the white man never got a race change. It is one of life's biggest mysteries. But I can assure you if I ever had a son I would want his skin to be black.

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      RealestMotherDear 3 years ago from Louisiana

      you haven't seen some of these overly-tanned people who look like beef jerky? I don't think it has to be invented.

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      brian 3 years ago

      I sincerely hope that one day they invent a chocolate tan. That way every man can know the blessing that is black skin.

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      RealestMotherDear 3 years ago from Louisiana

      Lol no I'm not aware of an affordable way to do such things since I have no need for such things. I'm not sure a disguise would be enough anyway.

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      brian 3 years ago

      Do you know if there is a safe and affordable way for a white man to go undercover as a black man?

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      RealestMotherDear 3 years ago from Louisiana

      I'm sure this is not a new concept, but I'm not sure darker skin is the goal. There is still a love-hate relationship amongst the races at times. You have to keep in mind the relationships run the gamut from intimate to casual and everything in between. Thanks for commenting.

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      brian 3 years ago

      You know I am very surprised that the white man has not gotten a race change yet. Black skin would protect the white man from racial politics and give him much more flexibility on what he can not say. Donald sterling is a wealthy man I am sure he can afford pigmentation surgery.

      a chain is only as strong as its weakest link and white skin is that link. The white community needs a black voice to help them.

      White boss goes undercover as a black man to get more productivity out of black employees.

      white lawyer goes undercover as a black man to defend a white man accused of racism.

      white security guard goes undercover as a black man.

      am I the only one who is stunned that these ideas are not happening in our society?

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      RealestMotherDear 3 years ago from Louisiana

      I am not sure anyone should be offended by him, but I believe there are many people who benefit financially from the so-called minorities and are not displaying any true form of loyalty.

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      Taryn Elyse Lowery 3 years ago from Da Boot State

      Will there ever be a point where these things can roll off like the water on a duck's back?