The NAACP planned on giving outed racist Donald Sterling a “Lifetime Achievement” award. But what most people don’t know is this would be his SECOND such award.
You see the NAACP is slick. They know just when to strike.
The NAACP knew that Donald Sterling is a racist. His record is clear on that point.
In August 2006, the U.S. Department of Justice sued Sterling for housing discrimination in using race as a factor in filling some of his apartment buildings. The suit charged that Sterling refused to rent to non-Koreans in the Koreatown neighborhood and to blacks in Beverly Hills. The suit alleges Sterling once said he did not like to rent to Hispanics because they “smoke, drink and just hang around the building,” and that “Black tenants smell and attract vermin.”
In November 2009, ESPN reported that Sterling agreed to pay a fine of $2.73 million to settle claims brought by the Justice Department and Davin Day of Newport Beach that he engaged in discriminatory rental practices against Hispanics, blacks, and families with children. In addition, Sterling was also ordered to pay attorneys’ fees and costs in that action of $4,923,554.75.
So in February 2009, when Sterling was sued by former longtime Clippers executive Elgin Baylor for employment discrimination on the basis of age and race, the NAACP had seen enough. It was time to give racist Donald Sterling a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Baylor’s lawsuit alleged Sterling told Baylor that he wanted to fill his team with “poor black boys from the South and a white head coach”. Further allegations were that during negotiations for Danny Manning, Sterling said “I’m offering a lot of money for a poor black kid.”
The suit noted those comments while alleging “the Caucasian head coach was given a four-year, $22-million contract”; however Baylor’s salary had “been frozen at a comparatively paltry $350,000 since 2003”.
All of that evidence of “black hate,” and the NAACP decides suddenly to award Sterling his FIRST NAACP “Lifetime Achievement” award?
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Here is how the NAACP sold this nonsense, according to the Los Angeles Times, in 2009:
Clippers owner Donald Sterling, accused of racism and embracing a “vision of a Southern plantation-type structure” in a lawsuit filed in February by Elgin Baylor, will be given a lifetime achievement award next week by the NAACP. . . .
Leon Jenkins, president of the Los Angeles branch of the civil rights organization, says of the much-maligned Sterling, “He has a unique history of giving to the children of L.A.,” revealing that the owner donates anywhere from 2,000 to 3,000 tickets a game to youth groups for nearly every Clippers home game.
Noting that the NAACP had made plans to honor Sterling before Baylor filed suit, Jenkins says, “We can’t 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.”