When I first heard of L.A. Clipper’s owner Donald Sterling making racist comments to his bi-reacial girlfriend about associating with black people, I wasn’t even surprised. I’ve long held a belief that sports franchises, filled mainly with black pro-athletes were mere 21st century plantations, owned by unscrupulous business men who happened to be white. Forgive me for my strong views, but the metaphor couldn’t be more obvious. It is only because of our politically correct culture, that the racist comments and practices have been carefully kept under the lid.
For centuries, blacks have been the hired help, employed not only for hard labor, but for the entertainment of their masters. Today, its not really that different, save for the torture that the ancestors endured. While Sterling may now be today’s poster-boy for racism, and his subsequent banning may paint a picture of progression, how many more franchise owners hold these same views, yet only reveal them at the dinner tables of their closest allies? We may praise our revered entertainers and athletes for their hard work, money-making skills and media prowess, but we should ask ourselves: who really owns the franchise?