This is a new day. Yesterday, the NBA commissioner fined Sterling 2.5 million and banned him from the NBA. We can all sleep better at night knowing that racism isn’t tolerated in the NBA or America.
We can all sleep better at night even though the man has a long history of racist actions – even legal judgments against him. We can sleep at night even though we know racists aren’t born overnight, this man has a long history of racism, and has had many conversations with the other owners. Surely, we are not expected to believe that he has not made these types of comments to other owners and officials before and was met with agreement and inaction.
We can sleep well tonight knowing the Republican superstars have distanced themselves from Clive Bundy – the millionaire Nevada rancher who said black people were better off as slaves. We can sleep better knowing that they spoke out and found it repugnant. We can sleep better knowing that all the racism of the Tea Party doesn’t reflect the WHOLE Tea Party or the Republican Party – that all the racist, misogynistic comments they repeatedly make are just normal, non-racist people chosing the wrong words…or the media focusing on a single racist in a sea of racially-inclusive just-so-happens-to-be-an-all-white crowd.
No. We can sleep better at night. People in power have spoken out. They’ve said they were disgusted. We can sleep soundly assured that the country is not in the hands of rich old white people who are also racist and classist. Sweet dreams.