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The NAACP Is Willing To Forgive Los Angeles Clippers Donald Sterling For A Small Donation.

April 28, 2014 by  
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(ThyBlackMan.com) The Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP now has the dubious distinction of being the civil rights organization that was insistent upon giving a Lifetime Achievement Award to Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.  Most astonishing about the award was that it was set to be offered even after Sterling had paid millions to settle a federal discrimination suit in which he said that he doesn’t rent to black people because “they smell.”

Anyone with an IQ over 12 could also smell something fishy about the NAACP’s decision to grant the award, even before it was revealed that Sterling told his girlfriend that he didn’t want black people coming to his games.   Did the NAACP choose to give the Lifetime Achievement Award to a black community activist who’d been fighting for civil rights for 50 years?  No.  Did they choose someone who marched and nearly died with Dr. King? No.  Instead, they chose the old white guy who’d just paid the biggest housing discrimination penalty in history.

If you want to understand the motivations of those who don’t have the backbone to do the right thing, all you have to do is follow the money.  InNaacp-sterling-2014 fact, most shucking and jiving in the black community typically comes down to money.

This week, the Los Angeles Times has reported that Leon Jenkins, president of the Los Angeles branch of the NAACP, is willing to forgive Sterling for his latest set of racial sins, all for a modest fee.  Using God, Christianity and the bible as cover, Jenkins goes back to the foundations of why black people were fed religious beliefs that teach us to bend in fear in the midst of battle, even if others have declared war on us.

“God teaches us to forgive, and the way I look at it, after a sustained period of proof to the African American community that those words don’t reflect his heart, I think there’s room for forgiveness. I wouldn’t be a Christian if I said there wasn’t,” Jenkins said.

“We are negotiating with him about giving more moneys to African American students at UCLA, and so we are in preliminary discussions,” he also said.

The team released a statement saying, “Mr. Sterling is emphatic that what is reflected on that recording is not consistent with, nor does it reflect his views, beliefs or feelings. It is the antithesis of who he is, what he believes and how he has lived his life.”

Here’s more from the NAACP:

“The mission of the NAACP is to eradicate discrimination and racial hatred in all its forms, and each year our executive board votes on who we decide that we are going to honor,” Jenkins said. “Mr. Sterling has given out a tremendous amount of scholarships, he has invited numerous African American kids to summer camps, and his donations are bigger than other sports franchises.”

Here’s the concern about the NAACP’s sudden burst of “forgiveness” for Sterling and his track record of denying thousands of minorities a chance to live a normal life.  Effectively, this statement is communicating clearly to Donald Sterling and others like him that the NAACP can always be bought.  So, if you rip a billion dollars worth of opportunity, wealth or well-being from the black community, it can all be settled for a donation of a few thousand bucks.

Donald Sterling is worth $1.9 billion dollars.  So, he could finance a thousand full scholarships with the interest he earns in just a few weeks.  This money means almost nothing to him.  So, for the NAACP to fight for Sterling’s redemption over a tiny bit of chump change is like allowing a man to kidnap 30 children and avoid punishment by saying that he’s purchased a few big wheels and lollippops in the past.

The NAACP’s national office should step up and admonish the Los Angeles chapter for exhibiting behavior that is in direct contradiction to the sentiments and desires of millions of people who are offended by Sterling’s record of racist behavior.  Unfortunately, the national office also has a policy of taking money from the highest bidder, which makes the NAACP an effective clearing house for anyone wishing to cleanse themselves of the worst forms of harm committed against people of color.  If I were a bigot, I’d simply terrorize the entire black community without remorse, and then use the NAACP as my financial police force.  Their job is not to protect the black community:  It is to manage the black community…those are two different things.

The only word that comes to mind when I read this statement is “pathetic.”  There may be room for forgiveness for Donald Sterling, but not for several years, and about $200 million in restitution toward those who have been harmed.  He certainly should NEVER have been considered for any kind of NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award.  There are real heroes in the black community who deserve it and the organization should be ashamed.

Staff Writer; Dr. Boyce Watkins 

Dr. Boyce Watkins is the founder of the Your Black World Coalition.  For more information, please visit http://BoyceWatkins.com.

 


Comments

9 Responses to “The NAACP Is Willing To Forgive Los Angeles Clippers Donald Sterling For A Small Donation.”
  1. Thee says:

    My wife and I were assaulted by a drunk woman and4 white men who were white,the police showed up,wouldn’t give her a sobriety test,and charges us with battery and assault on 2-4-14 .Mywife losther job job because she was rushedto the hospital for stitches and called in to work.I’mstill in litigation,but my phone calls to my local NAACP are never returned,now i know why.I’m still praying for help.Please anybody,(309)397-1275, (Thee)Not to mention she was pregnant and my kids were in car.

  2. ROBERT says:

    I try and follow the truth wherever it leads and sometime these stories unfold in layers and they end differently than the way they started.

    I initially thought this was just another shakedown story by our so called leaders but it seems to be more; although we have received our revelation about the NAACP we still should know the full truth of the story because it appears that MR STERLING is a victim and the people who are claiming to be offended are not so innocent.

    PLEASE read the articles in there entirety and see for yourself!

    http://www.tomatobubble.com/id561.html

    http://www.thesportsbank.net/nba/rev-jesse-jackson-donald-sterling-542/#comments

    http://www.newsmax.com/newswidget/Kareem-Abdul-Jabbar-Donald-Sterling-finger-wagging/2014/04/29/id/568521/?promo_code=137AF-1&utm_source=137AFTimes_of_Israel&utm_medium=nmwidget&utm_campaign=widgetphase1

  3. toomanygrandkids says:

    BTW, the NAACP depends on donations/contributions from rich white people. They are not gonna let Sterling’s slip through their fingers. And the money the NAACP has received for years hasn’t reached black communities yet.

    I have stated this in other artcles. I was present at a NAACP dinner where they only gave 2 scholarships. There were a handful of speakers. And I recognized some of those who attended and members of the organization. These people are/were drug addicts, drug dealers, alcoholics, and theives. Two words: COMMON CRIMINALS.

  4. toomanygrandkids says:

    It’s no wonder Jesse and Al haven’t made an appearance. Surely they wouldn’t go against the NAACP. This organization is so full of bullshit. It’s all about the money with them. Always has been. We definitely know that the NAACP can’t be trusted. I knew it. And they still wanna give this dude an award? Well, now we have proof of where the NAACP stands. As long as someone like Sterling gives millions of dollars to black causes, he can say whatever about black people, give up more money, and all is forgiven. Yeah, right.

    Even the NBA has barred him for life. They want no association with this clown. All of the players, former players, and bigwigs handled the situation better than the NAACP.

  5. Gina Oliveri says:

    I suppose the NAACP has forgotten that people like Donald Sterling, already have ample representation and advancement in this world, and won’t be needing anyone to defend them, because they won’t be asked to hide their affiliation with non-colored people from the world.

  6. MERYLN says:

    I beleive we should quit talking about how others feel about us and get back to straighting ourselves out. I wish we could support black only schools and stay out of the subarbs, police our oqw neighborhoods. When we see somthing wrong, we right it. BE A BLACK ON BLACK CRIME OR WHITE ON BLACK CRIME. wE ARE TOO NEEDy OF THE WHITE MAN. for our pride, money and self asteem.

  7. Jay Meadows says:

    Preposterous!!! I’ll have these coons explain to our kids that their honor, dignity, and race can be bought by any racist with enough money. The naacp is a joke, right along with the uncf.

  8. Realman2 says:

    NAACP is and has been a joke for the last 35 years, it does absolutely nothing for the black community. The group is far more interested in helping gays, Hispanics and animal rights.

  9. This is what happens when our organizations have to rely on funding from groups or individuals, outside our community. If we supported the organizations that are truly trying to help our community, we would have no reason to support the ones that sell themselves and go begging for money, from some of the same people who despise them.

    Black Unity means financial independence and happiness

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