Tuesday, April 29, 2014

What Have You Said in Private?

Dennis Prager | Apr 29, 2014

A private recording of racist remarks by the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, Donald Sterling, in a telephone conversation was released last week. Among other comments, Sterling said to his former mistress, a black Mexican woman known as V. Stiviano:

"It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you're associating with black people. Do you have to? ... You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it on that ... and not to bring them to my games. I'm just saying, in your lousy f---ing Instagrams, you don't have to have yourself with, walking with black people. ... Don't put him [Magic] on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. And don't bring him to my games."..... Similarly, recordings of private speech must also remain private unless they pose a danger to others. When the media report private conversations that pose no threat of violence, they encourage more and more people to record and release private conversations. That, far more than the NSA trolling of billions of phone calls in order to identify terrorists, poses a real threat to privacy. Where are the civil liberties groups and libertarians on this issue?....To Read More......
 
My Take - First of all - this guy’s a jerk - so I don't feel any sympathy for him. What's this old fool doing with this seemingly wild young girl? Where's the wife that helped him build his empire?

I disagree with Prager about recordings though. These were public utterances - he should have known better! Furthermore, it might be a really good thing for more exposure of utterances by prominent people on both sides. I found years ago that if you really want to get someone's attention....just say something negative about them....sure enough, they were bound to be within hearing distance.

And why is it everyone MUST like every group, racial or otherwise?  If someone doesn’t like a racial group does that really make them a racist?  Prejudice and racism are two of the most misused words in modern English. To be prejudiced means to pre-judge.  To be a racist is to hate people simply because they belong to a particular racial group.  Well, what if you don’t like a group because they act badly?  Is that prejudice or is it an evaluation?  If you find the activities of a particular racial group is doing things you don’t approve of is that racism or an evaluation?

Based on what I heard he seemed to be saying that society has a view of reality that caused him problems because of her conduct.  Although his choice of girlfriend seems a bit strange if all they claim is true, but maybe he really doesn’t like blacks and Hispanics.  So what?  A lot of blacks – politically prominent blacks - feel the same way about whites and Hispanics!  Do they all have to give up their careers or sell their businesses?  Let’s stop all this phony outrage.  If you scratch the surface of everyone in the United States you will find strong negative feelings about some group or other.  Get over it!

One more thing.  Does it seem strange to anyone besides me someone was recording this whole thing? 

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