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Los Angeles activists protest Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s slurs, NAACP rethinks ties

Written By | Apr 28, 2014

LOS ANGELES, April 28, 2014 – Leon Jenkins, president of the NAACP’s Los Angeles chapter, has accepted multiple grants through the Donald T. Sterling Charitable Foundation, and Sterling was to be feted at an upcoming NAACP event, receiving yet another lifetime achievement award.

MSNBC contributor Earl Ofari Hutchinson and Los Angeles communities activist have strongly criticized NAACP’s decision in supporting the Los Angeles Clippers owner, who has a long history of making inappropriate and racists remarks.

The Justice Department housing discrimination lawsuit filed against Donald Sterling alleges slurs against minorities. On February 2009 Clippers, general manager Elgin Baylor filed a civil suit against  Donald Sterling alleging racial discrimination, as well as racist attitudes on the owner’s part.


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Has the NAACP turned a blind eye toward Sterling’s racial slurs in the name of the money donated by the billionaire? Sterling received the NAACP’s Lifetime Achievement award in 2009 around the same time that LA Clippers General Manager Elgin Baylor filed a discrimination suit against Sterling.

Knowing that Sterling is at best ignorant, and at worst the most reprehensible racist, did the NAACP take the money, allowing Sterling to purchase an award he had no right to receive?

“We cannot 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,” Jenkins said in May 2009. “Over the last ten years or so, 1000 to 2000 at risk youth have been able to come to live Clippers games, those who have never seen a pro basketball game before,” Jenkins said.

“The NAACP’s programs make a difference helping the underprivileged. Its new president, Leon Jenkins, an attorney is dedicated and committed to working with the NAACP.  I  am happy  and proud to support such an amazing organization,” Sterling told Beverly Hills Times magazine.


Records show that the NAACP received financial support from Sterling’s foundation. Just four months ago Leon Jenkins, representing the NAACP, received a grant at the 2013 Donald T. Sterling Charitable Foundation Gala. Leon Jenkins also accepted a grant from the Sterling’s foundation in 2010 at Sterling’s foundation’s charity summit at the Sterling World Plaza.


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The LA NAACP is one of the 25 charities that were supported by Donald Sterling in promotional material for NAACP events.

The NAACP’s national organization has condemned Sterling’s alleged remarks Saturday, and the LA chapter deciding to not present Sterling with a 2014 lifetime achievement award.

“If these allegations are proven true, we are extremely disappointed in Mr. Sterling,” said a spokesman for the NAACP California State Conference. “As the investigation is in progress, we urge the LA Branch of the NAACP to withdraw Donald Sterling from the honoree list at its upcoming Gala. We also suggest that African Americans and Latinos should honor his request and not attend the games,” the NAACP stated after Sterling’s racist remarks were published.
NAACP Tweet

NAACP Tweet

The communities in Los Angeles have had enough, and this afternoon there will be a “Los Angeles is Better Than Donald Sterling Anti-Racism Protest and Rally” at 5:30pm at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, California.



“Okay, it  is going down! Join the National Action Network The L.A.Urban League,Project Islamic Hope, The Compton NAACP, SCLC, Urban Game Changer and every major activist in our community at this rally & protest! Stated Najee Ali Los Angeles urban communities activist. It looks like Donald Sterling has some dark days ahead.

Shirley Husar

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