The Los Angeles chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is set to award Donald Sterling — the owner of the LA Clippers who doesn’t want black people at his games — with a Lifetime Achievement Award during a gala on May 15. How’s that for irony?
Only slightly less shocking than Donald Sterling‘s incredibly racist comments is the fact that the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP is set to present Donald with a Lifetime Achievement Award on May 15. Considering that this isn’t the first time that the LA Clippers owner has been outed as a racist, we have to wonder why he was being granted this honor on the NAACP’s 100th anniversary in the first place. Read on for the NAACP’s statement and puzzle with us in the comments over why anyone would ever want to give Donald an award for anything in the comments below!
Donald Sterling To Receive The Lifetime Achievement Award From The NAACP
UPDATE: Donald will not longer be receiving an award from the LA chapter of the NAACP:
— NAACP (@NAACP) April 27, 2014
Alice Huffman, President of the NAACP California State Conference, provided the following statement on April 26:
“If these allegations are proven true, we are extremely disappointed in Mr. Sterling. Recent remarks like these, and those of Cliven Bundy, remind us that racism is not a footnote of our past, but a reality of our present that we must confront head on.
For 105 years, the NAACP has fought against the culture bigotry that leads to the comments like those we heard on the recording, and as public response to these remarks has shown, we have made significant progress.
As the investigation is in progress, we urge the LA Branch of the NAACP to withdraw Donald Sterling from the honoree list at its upcoming Gala. We also suggest that African Americans and Latinos should honor his request and not attend the games.
If true, these are very hurtful remarks and Mr. Sterling, whose team talents and fan base is majority minority, should offer an apology to Californians.
At the conclusion of the investigation into the alleged comments, if true, we seek further redress from Mr. Sterling.”
Rev. Al Sharpton: Donald Sterling Should Not ‘Be Allowed To Own A Team’
Surprisingly, a statement has yet to be released by the LA chapter of the NAACP. Among their list of honorees for the gala on May 15 is Rev. Al Sharpton, who will be receiving the first annual Person of the Year award. Al Sharpton, not known for suffering fools nor racists — nor racist fools — had this to say to TMZ about Donald: “No one should be allowed to own a team if they have in fact engaged in this kind of racial language. We are prepared at National Action Network to rally in front of the NBA headquarters if this matter is not immediately dealt with.”
Your move, Leon Jenkins. As President of the LA branch of the NAACP, everyone is waiting for you to release a statement not only denouncing Donald for his comments but removing him for your list of honorees for your 100th anniversary gala.
Interestingly, in 2009 Leon said that “[Donald] has a unique history of giving to the children of LA,” noting that Donald donates anywhere from 2,000 to 3,000 tickets a game to youth groups for nearly every Clippers home game, according to the Los Angeles Times. “What we do know is that for the most part [Donald] has been very, very kind to the minority youth community.” Was he kind to them when he was denying them homes three years earlier, after being sued for housing discrimination?
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Why is Donald being granted this award by the NAACP in the first place? After all, this is not his first time at the racist rodeo. Will the Lifetime Achievement Award be taken from him, or will all of this controversy slide off his back as it ever has? Let us know.
— Amanda Michelle Steiner