There is a huge outrage that some businessman is racist against blacks. So far as I can tell, he is the owner of the LA Clippers, which is a basketball team.I think racism is a serious issue, because many people are probably hard-wired to react in an instinctive way to people who look different. This makes it easy for politicians to agitate racist violence, and has led to all kinds of tragic human behavior.But this guy is none of that. This guy's girlfriend - whom he made the racist comments to in private - is black. She is blacker than Barack Obama, Al Sharpton, and Charles Rangel. She is blacker than Oprah's boyfriend Stedman. His business pays probably 95% of his payroll - millions of dollars per person, and many times what any white person gets paid in his business or anywhere else - to black people.Even the coach is black, in a league where I would guess most coaches are not black. (I looked it up, black coaches are less than 50% even after they try to represent every dude with a tan as being black, and are probably around 40%.) This guy has chosen and built a life where he can probably make it to lunch time without seeing a white person.So this guy, by exhibiting jealousy or whatever, in private, with his girlfriend, is doing none of that stuff, he is not cultivating the problems associated with racism. Rather, it is the people publicizing his personal issues, and drumming up outrage, that are cultivating the types of problems that come from racism.At the very least, it is an odd world where a guy who hires and dates exclusively black people is the seen as the source of race-related social conflict. This guy buys millions of dollars a year in advertising that glorifies black people, and black culture, and promotes it into the mainstream of American culture.I admit it is hard to understand why he wouldn't want a popular marketing personality like Magic Johnson at his games. But I am not going to assume I understand, and tell people to get angry about it. Who knows what this guy is thinking, and what it actually amounts to, if kept in private. Maybe he was joking, maybe he is applying affirmative action to try to get white people better represented in basketball marketing, maybe he is tired of white girls trying to pry him off his dreamgirl, maybe it is something else.You cannot publicly date a black girl, and at the same time convince me you are racist, there is no way to walk that back. If this is what race agitators are left with, they must have a hard time looking angry. Maybe I just don't understand racism.
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on April 26th, 2014, 10:00 pm, edited 1 time in total.