Last week surely has been an upheaval for the sports world. Whether or not you follow the NBA or the Los Angeles Clippers, it's safe to say that racism is STILL dehumanizing now as it was in 1800s America.
Early last week, a 10 minute recording surfaced of a conversation between Clippers owner Donald Sterling and his girlfriend, of which the Clippers owner ranted that he didn't want "black people appearing in the games" with her. The item in reference was an Instagram photo of his girlfriend with African-Americans. Even the NBA legend himself, Magic Johnson, was not spared from Sterling's remarks.
And as we can imagine, the reaction towards Mr. Sterling's words were more than scathing. From "Offensive" and "disgraceful" to "disgusting" and "obscene", reaction from all over the NBA and the world has been nothing short of paramount. Over a dozen companies -- including State Farm, Virgin America, CarMax and Red Bull -- halted their sponsorships with the Clippers over the remarks. But the tone changed when on Wednesday, May 30th, NBA commissioner Adam Silver issued Sterling's punishment: LIFETIME ban from any and all LA Clippers games, venues, practices, business decisions and a $2.5 million dollar maximum fine. The reaction towards the decision was unanimously positive. Clippers coach Doc Rivers commended Silver as "fantastic" for making "a decision that really was the right one." Warriors coach Mark Jackson thought Silver's decision "was exactly what the doctor ordered. I thought he was absolutely incredible ... with the way that he took control of the moment". Magic Johnson commended Silver for "great leadership" and that he and the team "are very happy and satisfied."
All Is Love also applaudes Mr. Silver for his decision as well as setting an example that a racist act towards one is a racist act towards all!
Yet this is just one more incident of billions more in human history which racism has caused us not only as a nation but as a human family to pause and reflect on while we have, indeed, come a long way as a society, prejudicial racism still exists and is ever the thorn in our side, especially in the U.S.A.
We share in this victory with the Clippers of how much we have progressed as people in the land of the free, but we're also sternly reminded that to truly transform the United States into a land of #LOVE and equality we all know it can be, we ALL must continue striving and growing to be SYMBOLS of unbiased and unprejudical love. #LOVE knows no color of one's appearance, so we should all do the same.