Short: On Donald Sterling
It's almost pointless to consider Sterling's comments as anything less than despicable and downright disgusting. It's not something people aren't already in-tune with, that is racism has no part in contemporary society. If we're to view this, however, in ways that go beyond someone saying what they believe, there's something that has become a double-standard. In a way, it's very much an unfair association that we currently have of things that concerns itself with racism, in part due to past sensitivities involving race in America. Without a doubt, the media is hounding on the subject of Sterling and his comments because, well, he's a white person talking bad about black people. The only reason why any of this even matters is because he's white. Former NBA stars, like Charles Barkley, claim it isn't a black issue but that it's a people issue. Yet, only a few moments later, he stresses the importance that the majority of white NBA owners, thus far, have not spoken up on this matter. If we're to go by that logic, this is without a doubt a black issue. When black owners have to stand up for themselves immediately, while white owners who don't are suggested to be somewhat racist themselves, the whole situation boils down to race.
The real question is to ask whether the issue would be monumental if Sterling was talking about white people. Surely it wouldn't be as big of a deal because the NBA is predominantly a black league. It'd be even less of a topic if it were a black person talking about their own race. But the point is that it's unfair to insinuate a topic because it provokes America's past history with slaves. Viewing this as purely a people's issue needs to come with equal consideration of the topic regardless of whether Sterling is black or white or if he were talking about Asians or blacks. If we can't get over this fact, what's the point of even making this a big deal?