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That Dying Blotch of Racists in America

In the 30 years that I have lived in the United States(US), I have observed remarkable improvements in race relations. Yet, ever so often, as President Obama has alluded in response to racist comments by the owner of the LA Clippers basketball team, I have heard and I have witnessed firsthand, ugly racist events that are perpetrated by a dying generation who muster a confused, alienated and lonely philosophy of race relations. From a phone call in the wee hours of the morning from a friend in Schuylerville, New York, begging that I hurry armed to his house because individuals were burning a cross at his front door and were attempting to enter his residence, to a potential landlord declaring that his unrented apartment had already "been rented to Mr. Smith" while the said premises remained unrented two days, three days, seven days later; I've seen the ugly faces of racism. But as President Obama has concluded: "When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don't really have to do anything, you just let them talk." So as a Black man with an Irish ex-mate and a present Chinese wife, I've basically followed the President's observation for years and allowed ignorance to talk, for I have also as a tenet that: "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words, they don't worry me." But enough is enough. The remaining pockets of racists need to be called out and exposed for whom they really are. Donald Sterling, the owner of the LA Clippers, who has many minority players playing for his team, should be brought to suffer the alienation of his beliefs. If he believes Black people should not come to his games, then his players, who are Black, should act accordingly. And as President Obama says, "We've made enormous strides...we just have to be clear and steady in denouncing it (racism), teaching our children differently, but also remaining hopeful that part of why statements like this(Sterling's) stand out so much is because there has been this shift in how we view ourselves." In other words, such comments and prejudices have become uncommon so that when they are revealed today, they are shocking.