The dialogue between Donald Sterling and his ex concubine was one of the most fascinating conversations about race that I have heard in quite some time. It reminded me of the revelation that the late South Carolina politician and infamous segregationist, Strom Thurmond, secretly fathered a child with a black teenager who worked in his family's household. The sexual dynamic that is intertwined with social racism can be confusing, hypocritical, and sometimes complex.
Racism is more than saying the word Nigger. Not once did Sterling say the word nigger, coon, or thug, but his words are the depiction of an old man who has benefited from white privilege as he drowns in his obsession with his whiteness.
Yes Sterling's ignorant views of race are obvious but his sexist views are equally blatant as evident below in his own words:
Donald: Ya it bothers me a lot that you want to promo... broadcast that you are
associating with black people. Do you have to?
Mistress: You associate with black people.
Donald: I am not you and you are not me. You are supposed to be a delicate white or a
delicate Latina girl.
Obviously this man feels that this woman does not have the right to associate with whom he doesn't seem fit, but he still can. Ironically she may even be part black which confuses this whole fiasco. He can profit off of blacks, accept a NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award, and take as many photos with them as he pleases. The minute this colored mistress gets out of pocket, all hell breaks loose.
The power of the "pussy" prevails. This young lady is being sued by the Sterling family for embezzling over a million dollars from the old geezer. She put it on him, he showered her with gifts, and then things went sour. The current longest owner of a NBA team now risks being removed from what I am sure is a treasured position; because he wanted some young pussy. The damage has been done. She struck back. It doesn't matter if she is a gold digger who targets wealthy men; he should have been intelligent enough not to fall for it. His racial views are skewed but he has no problem laying with a non-white woman. Donald Sterling shines a light on the racist, sexist and ignorant views that still prevail without saying the word bitch or nigger.