CATHEY: The L.A. Clippers, the possible scam of Donald Sterling and our boob nation

The Fall of Donald Sterling
The Fall of Donald Sterling

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2014 —  Everyone, literally everyone, is talking and writing about the “racism” scandal involving Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Now, after a few days of observation, what is really fascinating is the frenzied response to those revelations. Alas, you would think that the world was standing still while our leaders, from Obama on down, have taken time to solemnly dedicate themselves to finally extirpating the remaining vestiges of the unforgivable “sin” of White Racism.

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Yesterday afternoon listening (just for a few minutes) to that fatuous “conservative,” Sean Hannity, joined by some even more strident guests, piously declaring that Sterling should be taken out and, basically, shot down like a dog:

“In today’s America such racist views should not be tolerated at all, in public or in private.”

These so-called “conservatives” are like lemmings, following the latest bird call from the hard Left, and anything at all that even resembles the dreaded topic of “racism” must be condemned from the rooftops, that is, before those paragons of “progressive” virtue over on the mirror-image

Left start condemning you for a failure to tow the PC, multicultural line! Perhaps a better image of such talking heads and Murdoch media blabbers would be the Gadarene swine. At least those over on the hard Left have true convictions and aren’t as despicable as their partners on the “faux Right.”

Sterling’s words, uttered in the privacy of his car, were arguably recorded illegally, without his knowledge, then apparently released to media site TMZ by his half black-half Hispanic mistress. Ms. Stiviano, yet another paragon of “new” American “virtue” (you just know this young “looker” mistress REALLY loves Sterling but not for the money) had been “seeing” Magic Johnson, and, voila, Johnson is rumored to be interested in possibly purchasing the Clippers!

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Does anyone see some potential shenanigans and maneuvering going on here? I mean Stiviano certainly knows: (1) that the NBA owners can “vote” away another owner’s property rights, and (2) that her new best “friend,” Johnson, might want to get hold of the team?

For me this event points out something more profound about our sports culture in the US. Recently, Mary Willingham, who just stepped down from (probably forced out of) her position at the Center for Student Success and Academic Counseling at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and who was a major player in the UNC athletes academic scandal involving improprieties and dummy-courses  for athletes at the school’s African American Studies Department, estimated that most of the black athletes entering UNC (most on scholarships) had a 3rd grade reading entry level (the University, of course, denied this, and said that all the athletes read at the appropriate high school level).

Now Willingham is no right wing zealot; her life has been dedicated to assisting poor and minority students to succeed in a major college environment. But, let’s face it, she has “sinned” and sinned badly in the eyes of our academic establishment: In our American society you just can’t say the things she said. You just can’t say that those black athletes can’t read (and can’t write, or think, on a college level). You just can’t say that “the emperor has no clothes.”

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To do so, to say so, means that you are “sinning” against the new hyper-religious dogma of Equality, and that dogma is shared by both the hard Left AND the Neocons like Hannity, Beck, Rush, and Fox News.

Certainly, there are some great and admirable exceptions to this athletic process, but the initial mistakes by an ideologically corrupt academia involving the lives of thousands of future athletes no doubt leads to the widespread criminality and profligacy later on that we see now among too many of our professional athletes, particularly in the NBA and the NFL.

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The wonder of it all is why someone like billionaire Sterling, if he had such views, would even want to own a NBA team? While I am tempted to say that he and Stiviano really deserve each other, and that an old, rich fool and his lucre are quickly parted, still, this event raises a number of issues about our increasingly benighted and manic nation.

Once it was hard for me to believe that a majority of our fellow citizens were such boobs, but, alas, the evidence is now overwhelming: they are.

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Boyd Cathey
Boyd D. Cathey holds a doctorate in European history from the Catholic University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain, where he was a Richard Weaver Fellow, and an MA in intellectual history from the University of Virginia (as a Jefferson Fellow). He was assistant to conservative author and philosopher the late Russell Kirk. In more recent years he served as State Registrar of the North Carolina Division of Archives and History. He has published in French, Spanish, and English, on historical subjects as well as classical music and opera. He is active in the Sons of Confederate Veterans and various historical, archival, and genealogical organizations.