Letter: On Sterling, blame media
Well, at least he didn’t use the n-word. Then polite, respectable media (such as this paper) would have been unable to quote his exact remarks because we all know the n-word doesn’t actually exist – despite the fact we all know exactly what it means and that it has deep historical significance for this country.
The same applies to Donald Sterling’s racist views. Apparently they were very well known by many people in high and low places, including those in the media, but they were not only tolerated but abetted so long as he distributed his wealth in the proper places.
But when his views became public in a way that exposed our own hypocrisy about racism, then we had to do something. So we did, and if he sells the Clippers he will probably be money ahead on the long-term. Take that, racist.
The real shame in this whole affair belongs with the media.
JOHN V. KJELLMAN