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Did this weekend’s news about the Sterling distract us and take our attention away from those in immediate danger or can we focus on both?


Last Friday TMZ Sports released an excerpt of an audio recording between LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling and his girlfriend V. Stiviano. In the recording he derided her for posting pictures of herself with black people such as Magic Johnson and Matt Kemp on Instagram and issued the quote heard around the world, “Don’t bring black people to my games.” Since then the excerpt has turned into full audio and many deep-pocketed former-NBA players have set their sights on taking the Clippers out of Sterling’s hands. But as the days go by, we are still talking about this as if putting livelihood in danger is more important than lives in danger.

On the other side of the world 234 Nigerian schoolgirls are still missing and their lives are in actual, immediate danger. Terrorist group Boko Haram is holding them and no one knows when or if they might be returned – although there is some speculation that the girls release is within reach. But that’s not our concern, we’ve been trying to figure out what Sterling said and how to punish him. Nevermind Sterling’s history of practices that have directly impacted the lives of minorities just getting by, we are concerned about how one man worth billions of dollars is affecting other men worth millions of dollars. If this is not a first world problem, I don’t know what is. Bomani Jones hit the nail on the head during his recent talk on the Dan LeBatard show. He spoke about his close friend Leonore Draper, an anti-violence activist in Chicago who was killed in a driveby shooting on Friday, April 25. Draper was doing her part to make Chicago’s inner city streets safe, streets wounded by housing discrimination not unlike the cases of housing discrimination filed against Draper back in 2003 and 2006. A city whose streets cry out with the blood of black people because they are being disenfranchised by the more powerful and wealthy. Of this Jones said,

“You’re going to talk to me about what’s going on with Donald Sterling and his mistress? Are you kidding me? That stuff [Sterling’s previous housing discrimination lawsuits] was real, that stuff matters, that stuff literally kills people. Everybody and their mom is so charged up about Donald Sterling…so I’m going to go to a funeral next week for somebody who took somebody else’s bullet because that city’s become a war zone and the people that have money and the people who could possibly do something to fix it ignore it and go to their homes in the South suburbs that for the last 70 years people tried their damndest to get black people out of but I’m supposed to get charged up because Donald Sterling said his rich friends don’t want his black mistress to be around black people. People need to get their heads out their clavens and realize that this here is fun to talk about but this is nothing, the real stuff that happened was that.”


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