Donald Sterling and V. Stiviano: What ever happened to privacy?

Donald Sterling and V. Stiviano: What ever happened to privacy?

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Realtor William J. Zeckendorf - Life Magazine - 1965
Realtor William J. Zeckendorf - Life Magazine - 1965

WASHINGTON, April 30, 2014 — The hysterical feeding frenzy that is still escalating around the taped remarks of LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling has become a terrifying reminder of the PC epidemic that is engulfing this country.

You can hate Sterling’s remarks and still be alarmed at the reaction.

The 80-year old sports team owner was expressing his sentiments in conversation with his mixed-race, Latina-black mistress while in the privacy of his own car. He expressed his dissatisfaction with seeing his girlfriend attending Clipper games with her black friends, in particular Magic Johnson. It was a private conversation, if such an arrangement is still allowed in our post-constitutional society, one that is rapidly veering toward total thought control.

New York Post
New York Post

There was a time when we were assured that civil rights supervision would be restricted to our dealings with blacks and women in public situations. What mattered was what we did, not what we thought, or even said in private. Now we’ve eliminated any distinctions between the private and public. Any untoward remark made about anyone from a growing list of authorized victim groups, even in private, requires swift, ruthless punishment.

And neither side in our increasingly bogus confrontation between the political right and political left is making a beep about this most recent violation of our liberties. In fact, the most egregious defense of the enormous fines and public humiliation visited on the “bigot” Sterling came in the identifiably Republican, Murdoch-owned New York Post.

Not only was today’s issue full of tirades against Sterling, but there were calls for even more excruciating punishments to be inflicted on this presumably horrible man.

The sword of retribution was also brandished against those white and black people who hid Sterling’s apparently flagrant bigotry, the examples of which are entirely underwhelming. This employer of mostly black athletes was so prejudiced that the NAACP gave him an award. Perhaps it was covering up for him, or perhaps you can buy NAACP awards.

It seems that Sterling gave generously to the NAACP and its causes.

But then you never know what kind of evil lurks beneath a liberal exterior. That’s why the Murdoch press has to search the hearts and limousines of elderly plutocrats to uncover telltale traces of racism. And when the good guys dig up the dirt, they feel satisfaction.

Today’s NYP cover not only expresses happiness about the suffering being inflicted on Sterling. It also speaks about the NBA Commission’s ruling against the “bigot” “being hailed throughout the league and the nation.”

Although the Murdoch media presume to speak for the entire nation, the “nation” that they are likely to encounter in Midtown Manhattan sounds nothing like my neighbors in rural Pennsylvania. They are as shocked as I am by what happened to Sterling.

As a further news item treat, it seems that boxer Floyd Mayweather may come up with the cash to buy the Clippers, after the team has been pried loose from its present “bigoted” owner.

Although Mayweather is a foul-mouthed lout, who spent time recently in jail for cocaine deals and other illegal capers, at least he doesn’t make white racist remarks to his mistress in a limo.

After all, properly indoctrinated people need to have standards.

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