TMZ Sports illegally obtained and posted a tape of Los Angeles Clippers basketball team owner Donald Sterling, making racist remarks about black people during a telephone conversation. Sterling, who is married but separated from his wife, chastised his significantly younger half black, half Hispanic girlfriend, V. Stiviano, over the phone for having taken a picture with NBA legend Magic Johnson and posted the picture to her Instagram page.
He stated to her over the phone, "It bothers me that you want to broadcast that you're associating with black people. Do you have to...you can sleep with (black people). You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it on that...and not to bring them to my games...I'm just saying, in your lousy f****** Instagrams, you don't have to have yourself with, walking with black people...don't put him (Magic Johnson) on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. And don't bring him to my games."
Donald Sterling and girlfriend
It sounds like Stiviano is jealous of Magic Johnson being photographed with his girlfriend. Hence, Sterling's objection to Johnson being posted on Stiviano's Instagram page. As a general rule, when you're in a relationship or trying to get into one with someone, you should be careful of what you post on Instagram or Twitter, as it can come back to haunt you. A platonic picture with a person of the opposite sex is innocuous, provided the body language isn't saying there is something going on, because stuff like that leads to rumors and hurt feelings. However, Sterling is married, so he needs to stop harassing Stiviano who isn't, about who she takes pictures with.
Throughout the conversation, light skinned Stiviano keeps reminding Sterling that she is black and Hispanic and can't change her skin/race to become white. Looking at her you can immediately tell she is a mixed woman with black and Hispanic blood in her. She looks like she is part Asian as well. I applaud her for acknowledging that she is a minority, rather than trying to get over, as the phrase goes. There are still some mixed people ashamed of their minority heritage and are trying to pass for white, when they never will be.
There is nothing wrong with interracial dating or interracial marriage. However, relationships should be based in love and sincerity. Race should never be an issue, as true love knows no color.
Donald Sterling and wife
Sterling is married, old enough to be Stiviano's grandfather and is a racist. They are not compatible. The age difference is one thing (which could be overcome) but being married and a racist is not something that is workable. Stiviano needs to find a single man of any race, who is not married and or a racist. Sterling needs to go home to his wife, who is said to be "appalled" at his remarks.
Sterling's comments are breathtakingly bad, especially in this day and age. People on Twitter have called for a boycott of the LA Clippers, but it will hurt minorities on the team. The NBA has also provided many opportunities for minorities and they could be hurt by a boycott of the LA Clippers as well. The best course of action would be the NBA issuing Donald Sterling a record, whopping fine. It would also be great if he sold the team and got out of the NBA, as he has a history of taking adverse action against black people within the Clippers as well as separately as a real estate developer, who was sued for racial discrimination in the housing sector.