Racism Knows No Bounds

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Donald Sterling

Am I the only one who is not convinced that the controversy surrounding Donald Sterling is over? Or that there is more to the story over his racially charged comments last week? There is a lot more talk about the Los Angeles Clippers owner even after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banished Sterling from the league for life. There now seems to be criticism about the way Sterling is being treated over his comments to his ex-girlfriend, not the least of which was that the fact that he was being recorded. You’d think Sterling would have learned from Alec Baldwin and Mel Gibson about being set up. It will also be interesting to see how the NBA gets around US anti-trust laws in order to force him to sell the team against his will.

Recently, a lot of news has been made about the racial slurs being hurled towards Montreal Canadiens defenseman PK Subban after Game 1 of their playoff series against the Boston Bruins. To Subban’s credit, he took the high road on this one never giving any credence to the attacks in relation to the citizens of Boston. I, for one, would not be the least bit surprised if the perpetrators turn out to be from Quebec. It is often the ones in your circle who are the root of the problem.

Contrary to popular belief, racism is not limited to rich Caucasian men. I for one was hurled racial slurs from people of other ethnic groups. A black woman once angrily said to me: “why don’t you open your eyes?” after I bumped into her at a mall. I was rather taken by surprise by that remark. Even though I apologized she still continued to blame my ethnic background for the incident.

CNN’s Don Lemon once suggested that blacks should stop using the N-word and start acting more civilized as a way to ease racial tensions. He seems to know where the real problem lies. Lemon may not have been the first black figure to publicly condemn the use of the word by blacks but he got plenty of flack from blacks for doing so. I have never agreed with David Suzuki on any of his environmental causes but you won’t hear me resorting to using racial slurs towards him just because I too am a Japanese-Canadian.

If there is a moral to this Sterling saga is that people are willing to pass the buck. They need to find someone to blame in order to further their political agenda. Solving the issue is never on their mind. You don’t have to go further than the nearest mirror to see the face of racism. The same goes with sexism and homophobia. Perhaps people should start looking from within before moving on to other ethnic groups.

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