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  •  It casts a really bad light on the NAACP, IMO... (10+ / 0-)

    Would they give Pat Buchanan or David Duke an award for the right size donation?

    I guess so.

    •  Reversals (11+ / 0-)

      From USA Today: NAACP reverses decision to give Donald Sterling a Lifetime Achievement Award

      Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was scheduled to receive a second Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People at a May 15th banquet, but amid controversy surrounding racist comments reportedly made by Sterling, the NAACP has reversed the decision. Sterling received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the NAACP in 2009.

      On Sunday’s episode of Meet the Press, Interim President of the NAACP Lorraine Miller announced that Sterling will not be honored at the banquet. No one from the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP has returned messages to USA TODAY Sports as of 2 p.m. ET Sunday, and Sterling’s name is still on the list of those receiving awards on their website.

      “He is not receiving a lifetime achievement award from the NAACP that’s coming up in the next few weeks.”
      Sterling received his Lifetime Achievement Award in May of 2009, just weeks after longtime Clippers general manager Elgin Baylor sued Sterling for wrongful termination and discrimination on the basis of age and race, according to the L.A. Times. A jury ruled in favor of Sterling two years later.

      At the time, Leon Jenkins, president of the Los Angeles branch of the NAACP, explained that Sterling has a “unique history” of generosity.

      Via the L.A. Times:

      “He has a unique history of giving to the children of L.A.,” revealing that the owner donates anywhere from 2,000 to 3,000 tickets a game to youth groups for nearly every Clippers home game.
      Noting that the NAACP had made plans to honor Sterling before Baylor filed suit, Jenkins says, “We can’t speak to the allegations, but what we do know is that for the most part [Sterling] has been very, very kind to the minority youth community.”
      The bit from 2009 reads to me as "hey, he's giving us free Clippers tickets, and we'll give him an award." Jenkins credits him with giving to the "children of L.A." But the tickets are going to "youth groups," which I would bet dollars to donuts that whoever runs those groups is getting free floor/box seats.

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