NBA commissioner Adam Silver delivered the swiftest, strongest penalty he could, then called on NBA owners to force Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling to sell the team for making racist comments that hurt the league. Almost unanimously, owners supported the commissioner Tuesday as he handed down one of the harshest penalties in the history of U.S. sports . . .
Sterling’s comments — which were recorded by his girlfriend and released by TMZ on Saturday — harmed the league, Silver said. Sponsors were threatening to abandon the NBA, and criticism was coming from fans on social media and even the White House.
Sterling criticized V. Stiviano — purportedly the female voice on the recording — for posting pictures of herself with black athletes Magic Johnson and Matt Kemp.
“It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?” Sterling asks the woman on the recording.
Yes, saying such things is reprehensible, but apparently if you are powerful enough you can get away with not only saying terrible things but also doing terrible things, like murdering black people for the crime of being black, like Irish Catholics did during the 1863 New York City Draft Riots (this year marks the 151st anniversary of that event). The archbishop of New York, John Hughes, could have stopped the tremendous mayhem. Yet he did nothing to stop the riots that threatened New York City and the whole nation, as I discuss in Who Killed Abraham Lincoln?
Similarly, there were a number of factors that set the stage for the bloody U.S. Civil War. Slavery was one of them. It was a Roman Catholic judge who played a vital role by rendering the infamous Dred Scott decision in 1857. This judgment seemed designed to rip up every bit of anti-slavery legislation enacted in the United States since the Northwest Ordinance passed by Congress in 1787. Ruling for the majority, U. S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, a devout Catholic, decreed that blacks could not become U.S. citizens, that they “had no rights which the white man is bound to respect.”
I have not heard of him being rebuked by the Church for such a statement, nor any of today’s mainstream media noting any interest in taking the Church to task for such sentiment. I guess if you are one rich guy in California then it is simple to be destroyed for saying such things, but if you are a powerful religious entity, then different rules apply.