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If anyone doubts that racism is a serious mental disease, the audio above is probative. It shows how irrational racism is.  Donald Sterling is the owner of the LA Clippers. Over 70% of the LA Clipper players are black. 45% of the NBA audience is black. Donald Sterling’s girlfriend V. Stiviano is half black.

Donald Sterling’s financial interests, romantic interests, and employments interests intersect intimately with black people. Yet because of his upbringing, he wants his girlfriend to stay away from blacks. Specifically, he wants her to stay away from blacks in public where his friends may see. He does not want his girlfriend to bring black people to the LA Clipper games.

It is so irrational that he states in the conversation he is not concern whether she hangs around black people. She could even have sex with black people. She just must not do it in a manner that makes it become public.

Anyone listening to the audio below must feel Donald Sterling’s pain. He is at war with himself. It is ‘visible’ within his voice. It is ‘visible’ within his lack of cohesive thought. He seems so confused that he does not even know how to answer his girlfriend’s questions about her race and their relationship.

According to USA Today,

The NBA is investigating whether racially insensitive comments in an audio recording obtained by TMZ were made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

"The remarks heard on the recording are disturbing and offensive, but at this time we have no further information," NBA executive vice president of communication Mike Bass said. He also said the league is conducting a full investigation.

Guys like Cliven Bundy who continue to put their foot in their mouths and Donald Sterling seem so dated. They continue to live in a world where the irrationality of racism still lives but seems out of place. It is evident they are fighting with a reality they are unable to run from. They continue to fight a reality they refuse to cope with or address head on.

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Originally posted to ProgressiveLiberal on Sat Apr 26, 2014 at 02:05 PM PDT.

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  •  perhaps it explains why the Clippers were so bad (0+ / 0-)

    for so many years until the fall of the Lakers and of course why San Diego should have kept its BB team

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Sat Apr 26, 2014 at 02:30:21 PM PDT

  •  John Roberts and Antonin Scalia say (5+ / 0-)

    Racism is over and that we all do have a level playing field in America.
    Donald Sterling bought the Clippers for less than $50 millions and this Franchise is worth more than $500 millions today. He has made massive profits off the back of players (many of them Black), Spectators, Basketball lovers, ... etc.
    But, he doesn't want to be associated with them.
    Fox News, the Republican Thugs have tried to tell us for a while now that Racism doesn't exist anymore in America. In the last week alone, there has been so many high profile cases involving race ... it is not even funny.

  •  Does the APA designate racism as a mental illness? (4+ / 0-)

    If not, why not?  Anyone out there with a copy of the APA Dictionary of Clinical Psychology?

    "Well, yeah, the Constitution is worth it if you succeed." - Nancy Pelosi, 6/30/07 // "Succeed?" At what?

    by nailbender on Sat Apr 26, 2014 at 02:34:36 PM PDT

    •  It'll be in the chapters (0+ / 0-)

      concerning hate... if that's an abnormal behavior.

      (big sarcastic eyeroll).

      (it's a normal behavior?)

      Huey728 "I'm not really big on calling strangers on the phone, but I felt this election was too important to just sit back and watch." Elections are decided exactly this way; every damned election! GOTV counts... the votes!

      by Nebraska68847Dem on Sat Apr 26, 2014 at 03:31:55 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  It's not in the DSM: (1+ / 0-)
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      The American Psychiatric Association (APA) does not list racism in its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the bible of psychiatrists worldwide. Most psychiatrists believe that racism is a cultural and social problem, not a matter of individual pathology.
      And it probably shouldn't be. Although individual racists (including this guy) might also be mentally ill or have personality disorders, many others are just assholes.

      And do we really want racists using mental illness as a defense when they commit violent crimes?

  •  The republicons & the MSM cater to these guys (3+ / 0-)
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    ChadmanFL, TomP, Yasuragi

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Sat Apr 26, 2014 at 02:36:35 PM PDT

  •  I just commented on this (3+ / 0-)
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    TomP, weezilgirl, doroma

    in another diary, but I completely agree that the pathology here is extraordinary, more so even than with Bundy, because of Sterling's East LA upbringing, his close association with black people (including his girlfriend and team), and his somewhat liberal political leanings (which must be opportunistic, rather than matters of social conscience). He also makes himself out to be the victim in the conversation with Stiviano. "Why are you doing this to me?" This guy may be the creepiest racist ever.  

    I never liked you and I always will.

    by Ray Blake on Sat Apr 26, 2014 at 02:49:42 PM PDT

  •  Cliven Bundy thinks Donald is bad guy for paying (0+ / 0-)

    "the Negro" unlike Bundy that does his human bodyguard.

  •  Wow... that's one disturbing conversation. (2+ / 0-)
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    doroma, Pinto Pony

    Thanks, Egberto, for writing about this.  

    That recording just leaves me speechless.

    Where enough money calls the tune, the general public will not be heard. Inso­far as corruption cuts the link between political thought and political action, a free marketplace of political ideas loses its point. -- Justice Stephen Breyer

    by Yasuragi on Sat Apr 26, 2014 at 05:49:52 PM PDT

  •  No offense to those older than me... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...but I'm thinking maybe he's senile.  He's making distinctions that are irrational even in the context of racism.  

    It's not the side effects of the cocaine/I'm thinking that it must be love

    by Rich in PA on Sat Apr 26, 2014 at 06:31:24 PM PDT

  •  If he was a Republican donor you'd be going for (0+ / 0-)

    the cheap shot.

    He's not, so I'll do it instead. Sterling's only verifiable campaign contributions have been to Democrats. Just throwing that out there.

  •  This story has so many layers to it (0+ / 0-)

    The racism issue is the most obvious one and it is sad. An old man living in another age who can't even understand how irrational he sounds.  

    The statement issued by the Clippers on his behalf doesn't say he didn't say it, just that it doesn't reflect how he really feels about blacks, sorry I offended anyone, blah, blah, blah.  It also points out that the girlfriend (maybe ex-girlfriend now) is a defendant in a lawsuit by the family accusing her of embezzlement and that she vowed to get even.  They may be trying to muddy the waters here, as these are two very separate issues.  

    In truth, Mr. Stirling's wife of over 50 years (maybe ex-wife now) is the one who has sued the girlfriend to return property/gifts apparently worth over a million dollars that she was given by Mr. Stirling and that were bought with community property funds.  Hell hath no fury...  The girlfriend said she would get even, and I guess she has.  Hell hath no fury...Wonder how many other taped conversations she has?.  Wonder why a 23 year-old is hanging with an 80+ year-old billionaire.  I don't see this ending well for anyone.  

    •  I think "layers" is a strong word. (0+ / 0-)

      I know what you mean, but on the other hand, the story is a dimensionless lump of stupid.  At the center is an old man who wants people around him to prop up some racial  illusion that exists only in his head (I'm not saying racism doesn't exist, but just that he is sporting a tailor fitted leisure suit version of it).  
      The argument is pretty weird, pretty clearly she knows this is being recorded and what buttons to press to get these racist stuff.  Is this what their entire relationship has been like?
      The instagram/social media (although also racist) may have more to do with generational issues in the 'relationship'.   I'm late 40s the main reason I would not biracial hotties half my age is because they would expect me to follow their twitter feed, and that's just a deal breaker.  
      I'm also not clear on his comments regarding her race issue being resolved.   Was an ointment involved?
      I'm still kinda unclear on what instagram has to do with attending games.  He seems to have those mixed up in his calcified old man brain.  
      I'm from WV have some straight up racist people in my family, but I confident I could post a selfie with Magic Johnson without fear of catching any grief about it (although Charlie Pride would be the safer choice).
      So, who is this (perhaps fictional) person who the NBA franchise owner was giving him grief with a problem with the Magic Johnson selfie.  More likely, this person (if he/she  exists) has a problem with this Old Man "dating" "the blacks" and her selfie is just the latest on the long list of evidence that she is making him look like the fool he is.

  •  Not All that Irrational (0+ / 0-)

    At least, not from a historical perspective.

    It is so irrational that he states in the conversation he is not concern whether she hangs around black people. She could even have sex with black people. She just must not do it in a manner that makes it become public.
    You have to admit that this, along with his wonderful belief that he's "feeding" the ballers who are making him billions, is straight out of the plantation rules/thinking of white men who raped Black women and their wives, who knew it was happening but cared only about whether or not the town knew about it (the key reason that the children were sent away, sadly.)

    Yes, I'm being somewhat sarcastic.

    At this point, I just want America to admit that it still doesn't want its Black citizens to live in any state other than terror, subservience and inferiority, under pain of death. I can handle American racism, but I can't handle American denial.

    by shanikka on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 04:14:53 PM PDT

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