You couldn’t write this as a fictional story and make it more believable:
The NAACP, a long time liberal outpost of the Democrats, was planning an awards banquet in 2 weeks that would honor Donald Sterling with a lifetime achievement award. Donald, of course, is the NBA LA Clippers owner who was recently caught on tape expressing candidly racist views.
So either Donald Sterling is the greatest liar in the world, having convinced the expert racist-detecting NAACP that he’s golden with the Brothers… or the NAACP is incapable of recognizing racists, especially those who are rich famous people donating lots of money.
Unless it’s blatantly caught on tape – then the NAACP is straight up offended.
I feel sorry for black people. They’ve been led astray by Democrats and black leadership (Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson, Louis Farrakhan, etc) who regularly sell them out for money. Like the Native Americans who traded Manhattan for trinkets, blacks win big government handouts and lower affirmative action standards in exchange for votes. In the end they’re left with generations of wasted opportunities while their leadership parades in the fawning press as royalty.
Here’s Howard Kurtz a day later questioning the NAACP:
What about the L.A. chapter of the NAACP, which just yanked an award it was about to bestow on Sterling? TPM’s Peter Dreier reports:
“Yes, there’s no way that the NAACP could have known that Sterling would be caught making those comments. But there’s also no way that the NAACP could not have known that Sterling has a long history of racist comments and racial discrimination in his rental properties.
“Indeed, the NAACP seems to suffer from amnesia. Almost exactly five years ago, a similar controversy arose when the civil rights group honored Sterling with the same award! At the time, Elgin Baylor, who served as the Clippers general manager from 1986 to 2008, had just filed an age and racial discrimination suit against Sterling. According to Baylor, Sterling had a ‘Southern plantation’ view, preferring to field a team of ‘poor black boys from the South … playing for a white coach.’”
The answer is that Sterling contributed plenty of money to the group.
And there’s more. This is from the LA Times describing questions about the head of the LA chapter of the NAACP:
Leon Jenkins, president of the NAACP branch, has been a focus of attention in recent days. While a Detroit judge, Jenkins in 1988 was indicted on federal bribery, conspiracy, mail fraud and racketeering charges, according records from the State Bar of California.
Authorities at the time alleged that Jenkins received gifts from those who appeared in his court and committed perjury, the records show. He was acquitted of criminal charges. But in 1994 the Michigan Supreme Court disbarred him, finding “overwhelming evidence” that Jenkins “sold his office and his public trust,” according to the bar records.
Sure, that was 20 years ago… but the article also details the results of Mr. Jenkins recent request to practice law in California:
Earlier this month, the bar turned him down, questioning whether he had the “moral fitness to resume the practice of law,” according to records. The bar stated that he made misrepresentations on divorce papers and on his petition for reinstatement to the bar. Officials claimed he failed to disclose a $660,000 loan he owed former legal clients.
If you wonder why nobody takes racism charges seriously, this is part of the reason – leadership in the black community are charlatans who are more interested in advancing their own pockets than those of the people sincerely claim to represent.