How Mark Cuban and Al Sharpton Prove Liberals Like Racists
Yes, I’m still talking about the Donald Sterling fiasco.
No, I’m still not supporting his racist comments and am myself not a racist.
What I have a hard time letting go of is the selective moral outrage the left is so good at faking. They pretend to be angry that an 80 plus year old man made a few racist comments (not something new) and proceed to parade him before the public as an example of behavior they won’t tolerate.
The problem is that the NBA and the left have been tolerating racist behavior from Sterling and others for years.
In an interview in Nashville last week Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban stirred the racist waters with his comments that not only is he a little racist but so is everyone else. Cuban said:
“I know I’m prejudiced, and I know I’m bigoted in a lot of different ways. If I see a black kid in a hoodie on my side of the street, I’ll move to the other side of the street. If I see a white guy with a shaved head and tattoos, I’ll move back to the other side of the street. None of us have pure thoughts; we all live in glass houses…There’s no law against stupid. I’m the one guy who says don’t force the stupid people to be quiet. I want to know who the morons are.”
Where’s the media firestorm? Where’s the NBA commissioner and his press conference revealing just how disgusting such thoughts and words are? Did you even hear about Cuban’s comments before right now? You didn’t know about Cuban’s comments and nothing will be done because Mark Cuban is a rock-star in the NBA. He owns the Dallas Mavericks, is a millionaire in business, and is part of the popular show “Shark Tank.” There’s no way anyone is going to mess with Mark Cuban; even if he is a little racist.
When the media and black community attacked Cuban for his comments he was defended by none other than ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith (whom I am loving more and more every day). Stephen A. not only defended Cuban’s statements, he refused to back down when the black community attacked him as an Uncle Tom for agreeing with Cuban. In an epic video monologue Stephen A. blasted his critics because they forgot to mention that Cuban said he was suspicious of both black and white people dressed a certain way. While the media centered only on Cuban’s comments towards black people, they conveniently ignored Cuban’s white comments. But Stephen A. backed Cuban up and shut his critics down with a racially charged monologue that is worth every minute of your time. See it here.
Stephen A. made sure his feelings were clear:
“When I say I don’t give a damn… that does it no justice. I stand by everything that I said yesterday tenfold, 100-fold. And I don’t care who in the black community disagrees with me — I’m not interested in their disagreement on this particular issue because they are not looking at the bigger picture here…We want to pounce on him making this statement and alluding the black folks or talking about somebody in a hoodie that happens to be black… He talked about the prejudices that exist in all spectrums by all of us. Are we going to sit here and literally act like we don’t have any prejudices?”
This comment – along with the entire segment by Smith – is worthy of praise and respect. Smith doesn’t pretend to be above racism, or even stereotyping because he, like most people are willing to admit that as humans we are prone to falling prey to the stereotypes that exist in our society; and that is in part because many of them are true. Both Smith and Cuban – one white and one black – agree that racism and prejudice exist in some degree in all of us and they don’t pretend to be above it. Unfortunately, not everyone is as honest as Smith and Cuban.
The great civil rights leader that has dedicated his life to ridding the world of racism, the right Reverend Al Sharpton, is also a racist; but he likes to pretend he’s not.
Outside the White House correspondent’s dinner earlier this month Sharpton was asked whether he, in the spirit of Donald Sterling, should be banned from television for his own racist comments.
“What racist stuff?” Sharpton responded.
“When you referred to Jews as white interlopers,” the interviewer said.
Sharpton response to the allegation was to admit that he indeed made the racist comment but that he was only talking about “one guy” rather than the whole Jewish race.
Oh, sorry Al, didn’t know it was okay to make racist comments about one person in particular. So as long as we don’t make racist comments about an entire people group it’s okay to be racist, right?
But I bet you didn’t hear about Sharpton’s comments either did you? No one seems to remind the general public that Al Sharpton has a history of making racist comments. And yet there he is, on television, trying to convince everyone that he is a reverend and really knows how to bring people together. Pathetic.
But this really shows that liberals don’t really mind racists. It’s not racism per se that they reject, nor is it racists or their comments they abhor. What liberals can’t stand are conservative white racists. Once again liberals prove that they are willing to use any tactic and means necessary to bring an end to conservative people. Al Sharpton calls George Zimmerman a racist while towing a history of racist comments. The NBA imposes a lifetime ban on Donald Sterling for one racist comment while Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and Mark Cuban make racist comments and admit to being racists.
This selective moral outrage only shows itself against conservatives that hold to traditional, conservative values. Furthermore, what liberals’ desire is nothing less than behavior modification for their enemies. Sure, it’s okay for them to be racists (once in a while) because for the most part they believe all the right stuff. But let a conservative make a racist comment and it’s time to “reeducate,” and make sure it never happens again.
This is why liberals are hard to take seriously. Their ideology is so full of holes, exceptions, and hypocrisy that they appear to be little more than spoiled children making the rules up as they go. They don’t like racists, unless you’re a civil rights leader (or founder of Planned Parenthood); and they don’t like discrimination, unless you’re a long time Congressman (Robert Byrd was a member of the Klu Klux Klan and lifetime Democrat). It’s hard to keep a straight face when liberals talk when you know there is some exception to what they are saying. What sort of ideology or value system is filled with exceptions?
I have no trouble agreeing that there is no place for racism in our society (or that to some degree we all behave with prejudice and discrimination at times). That’s’ a no brainer that we can all get behind and unite around. But if that is the case then racism in all its forms – including black on white racism – must be punished. To allow Al Sharpton, Charles Barkley, Michael Jordan, Spike Lee and others to continue their lives unscathed by their racist comments is what perpetuates racism. The reverse racism that is rampant in our country is serving to fuel the racist fires.
No group of people, black, white, Jewish or otherwise, can fight to end racism while living a racist life. And yet Sharpton and his ilk have done just that. It’s good money for Sharpton. But he has served no one and made no difference in the world.
Furthermore, the fact that Sharpton, Jordan, and others are allowed to make their racist comments without reprisal shows that free speech is only afforded to some. While I don’t agree with racist comments at all, I believe Donald Sterling should have the freedom to say what he wants, which includes racist comments. If Sterling is not allowed to make his comments, but Jordan and Sharpton are, it shows that only some – in this case black people – have truly free speech.
No one will ever believe the left hates racism until it gets rid of the racists in its ranks. As long as Sharpton and Spike Lee are held up as civil rights leaders “fighting the good fight” no one will ever believe the left’s war on racism is anything more than patronizing and greedy.
There, I’ve exercised my right to free speech and called out the hypocrisy of the left’s phony war on racism. So am I Donald Sterling or Al Sharpton?