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The NBA Has Done a Good Thing, MBL, Your Turn Is Now

The NBA Has Done a Good Thing, MBL, Your Turn Is Now Congratulations to the NBA, Commissioner Silver, Kevin Johnson, Mayor of Sacremento, Eric Garcetti, Mayor of LA and the entire Clipper's organization for banning, judging and condeming team owner Donald Sterling for his admitted racist comments. The maximum allowable punishments are a god and strong first step. Yet selling his team at a massive profit can still leave Sterling laughing all the way to the bank. The game and the country needs a better outcome. It is about America.

Adam Silver

MBL are you listening? Commissioner Selig, team owners Larry Dolan, family, staff and management, Mayor Jackson, Council President Kelley: in Cleveland you are all, each and every one of you, supporting a racist team with a racist logo, officially.

As I have said before, I am willing to sit at a table with you for a conversation around steps to build change and move away from prejudice, hatred, bigotry into a better future.

Here a Racist Billionaire, There a Racist Billionaire!

Today in the accusations that NBA L.A. Clippers' team owner Donald Sterling is a racist, based on the release of a tape of his alleged statements it was not so much the racism that caught my eye but one other comment he allegedly made: "but don't put (Magic) on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me." (Italics mine)  http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/27/us/nba-team-owner-alleged-racist-remarks    Image

I find myself wondering--so who has to call him? Sterling is a self-made billionaire according to Forbes. He may be a twisted individual, he may like the ownership and management style, such as it is, in the NBA, he may like the fame in the NBA but that throwaway line is certainly an odd one.

I'd be happy to say it is in Sterling's head if I didn't know that the Cleveland MLB team owner Larry Dolan said something similar in a conversation with Oberlin College students when he was a trustee there. He said he would be said to "have given in" to the protesters it he changed the name and logo. Who would be making that particular accusatory statement to him, a lawyer and a billionaire? Is not such a man well enough positioned in the world to be able to make his own choices, do as he pleases, do what he knows in his head and heart is both the good and the profitable thing to do?

Here's my thought--somehow these owners are not totally tone-deaf to morally right positions BUT they are also very aware they live in society and society for them has a particular culture. More from the tape today, allegedly Sterling talking:

"It isn't a question -- we don't evaluate what's right and wrong, we live in a society. We live in a culture. We have to live within that culture," the man replies:"

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Evidently for some reason powerful men, billionaire major sports' teams' owners see the society and culture they live within as all but endorsing and requiring racism. Still. Today. There is one way for these powerful men to disprove this: they do the right thing, and yes, if done right, the profitable thing and change the name and logo, starting in Cleveland. And in L.A.? I'll leave that solution in the capable hands of the NBA.

Indians: The Name, The People, Christopher Columbus

Why is the name Indians racist?

It was given to an entire continent of people by a man believing in the superiority of his race and his religion. It also happens that he was lost, seriously lost.

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The origin of the name Indians for the indigenous populations of the Americas tracks back to Christopher Columbus. When he arrived in the Caribbean he believed he had found islands off the coast of China in what was then known as the Indies. Columbus named the people he found Indians. He died believing he had found the route to China from Europe. When Columbus arrived his mission was to convert the native people to Christianity, to send some of them back to Europe to study and to be studied, to ultimately conquer them and to exploit their natural resources.

Before his first voyage of Columbus had obtained a contract with the king and queen of Spain to receive 10% of all profits from his voyage or voyages. On the return to Spain he captured a few natives and took them back with his crew. On his second voyage Columbus sent a larger group of natives back to Europe to be enslaved. Many died from diseases they contracted in Europe for which they had no immunity.

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During the time Columbus was on his third voyage in the Americas his inability to adequately govern the colony he had established was recognized in Spain. Queen Isabella refused to accept the natives as slaves, returning many to their homes on future voyages. Additionally a new governor, Francisco de Bobadilla, was sent to the Americas to replace Columbus and his brothers in 1500. The new governor, with 500 armed men under his command,  had more authority than Columbus. To remove a combative Columbus and his brothers he placed Columbus in chains aboard one of Columbus' own vessels for the return to Spain of the 3rd voyage.

In 1502 Columbus began his fourth and final voyage. Before he would again see Spain he would be shipwrecked on a Caribbean island for over a year, endure a mutiny on the island, be unwelcome in the colony of Hispaniola which he had originally founded, encounter Mayan traders on a river but neglect to explore their lands or culture  and find upon his delayed return to Spain that his single major benefactor, Queen Isabella, was dying. Columbus himself died less than two years later. At his death he was still insisting he had found the route to China and the Indies. He firmly believed that with the wealth in gold and silver soon to be found there Spain would convert the entire world to Christianity which would then soon bring the end of the world.

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This is the real Columbus, the man who named an entire continent's people the name of the wrong continent. He did shape history. He did bring change. It is time to bring change again. Perpetuating his racist wrong essentially because this history is not widely known is itself wrong. It is time to banish the name Indians from the MLB because it truly is a racist name.

Only One Team....It Is Still Wrong

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Cleveland–the only MLB team with an irrefutably racist team name.

  • Racism:  a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race. 
  • Racist: a person or action supporting racism, having or showing the belief that a particular race is superior to another
  • Race: each of the major divisions of humankind, having distinct physical characteristics

 

The team, the City anf MLB deserve the balck eye on the lake. 

Worldwide Racism & Bias Is Right Here At Home: Do You Have A Plan

“There is no understanding of the real situation by the authorities or the general public,” he said. “We as Romanians want to have someone else to blame for our own mistakes, and the Roma people are our own scapegoats. If we blame them, maybe we will look better in our own eyes and in the eyes of the world community.” http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/05/breaking-through-walls-of-bias/?hp The last sentence says it all–keep the focus off the racist and biased people to increase standing, importance and sense of power among the racist, biased people. It provides a distraction and under the guise of the enemy of my enemy is my friend builds a sense of group unity. The title however is a bit deceiving: since the only breakthrough is the taking of pictures.  Education and information changes things  and people and a plan is needed.  I like this interview John Duffy of 3C Interactive, on Inspiration and Aspiration – NYTimes.com

I am suggesting everyone concerned about racism and bias make a plan for the next 100 days, no matter who wins any US election, for what they will do with real actions to build understanding and confront racism and bias whenever and wherever they find it. It does not matter if you are young or old, a man or a woman, a child or an adult, you can start making a difference. Today.  Part of my plan includes posting here every day for the next 100 days, finding ways to publicize this site, writing letters to both politicians and business leaders and setting up the final version, with artwork included of the teaching tool, Story of the Chief ( found at    http://www.storyofthechief.com/ )Will you join me in this? What’s your 100 day plan to really make something different in a good way?