Too little, too late?
NAACP Demands Meeting With The NBA After Donald Sterling Outing
After it was revealed that the NAACP, otherwise known as the National Organization for the Advancement of Certain People, had given racist Clippers owner Donald Sterling a pass in exchange for a check, the near antiquated group found itself in hot water.
Via Breaking Brown reports:
During a press conference on Monday, NAACP’s Leon Jenkins, president of the Los Angeles chapter, tried mightily to explain why his chapter was planning to give an award to a man who had a history of racist behavior. Instead of just acknowledging his corruption– or his organization’s indifference toward due diligence, Jenkins questioned whether that was really Sterling’s voice on the recording we all heard, telling his girlfriend not to invite blacks to Clippers games.
Now that the local branch’s attempt at spin has failed, the national branch of the NAACP is trying its hand at damage control by requesting a meeting with the NBA.
“The NAACP is eager to meet with Commissioner Silver to discuss the influence and impact of racism in the National Basketball Association,” Roslyn Brock, chair of the NAACP Board of Directors, said in a statement. “The remarks attributed to Mr. Sterling remind us that racism and bigotry are still alive and well in all corners of society – including professional sports.”
The NAACP also said it would like to work to end discrimination….and so on.
“The harm inflicted by these comments has damaged the players, the fans and the NBA brand. We empathize with the athletes who are being asked to perform under these most difficult of circumstances. Our heart goes out to them and their families. We look forward to working with the NBA commissioner to examine how we can address these critical issues in a comprehensive way,” Brock said in the statement.
When will the NAACP be held accountable for choosing money over the interests of the African American community? The organization was going to award Donald Sterling a SECOND lifetime achievement award, despite a storied history of bigotry and racial discrimination.