Over the weekend, TMZ was able to obtain and release a recorded conversation of LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling after he went on a racist rant. Since that time, Obama has felt the need to inject himself into the controversy.
The NBA team owner is currently under investigation after a recorded phone call was released where he delivered an undeniably racist spiel while speaking with his girlfriend. During the course of the conversation, he demanded that she, “not to bring [black people] to my games.”
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Oddly enough, while talking with his current (and much younger) girlfriend, V. Stiviano, he said, “It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?” Adding even more irony to the incident, Stiviano is both black and Mexican.
Sterling further added, “You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want,” the man believed to be Sterling adds. “The little I ask you is not to promote it on that … and not to bring them to my games.”
Obama has since come forward to speak on the issue as racism is always a hot topic needing to be addressed by the current Commander-in-Chief – you know, we have to stoke the fire at least occasionally. While speaking at a press conference in Malaysia with Prime Minister Najib Razak, he commented on the, “incredibly offensive racist statements.”
He began by sharing, “When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk. That’s what happened here.”
Eventually concluding his long winded response, he shared, “That’s still there, the vestiges of discrimination. We’ve made enormous strides, but you’re going to continue to see this percolate up every so often,” the president added, saying this is an example of how “the United States continues to wrestle with the legacy of race and slavery and segregation.”
Of course, Obama wasn’t the only one to weigh in on the matter as famed former NBA star, Earvin Magic Johnson recently took to Twitter to voice his concerns. He expressed that he would, “never go to a Clippers game as long as Donald Sterling is the owner.”
NBA spokesman, Mike Bass also commented saying that Sterling’s remarks were both, “disturbing and offensive.”
So what do you guys think – should this really be the biggest thing that needs addressing on Obama’s agenda, or is this just something we must expect from the United State’s first black president? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.