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Racism: America's Final Turn on the Road

Players of the NBA, and especially the LA Clippers, went to the hard courts on Sunday night and competed in the 2014 basketball playoffs games, determined not to allow the comments of one man, to hinder years of racial progress and equality across America. Yesterday on this Blog I suggested that Donald Sterling's players should act accordingly with respect to racist comments attributed to him. Last night, his Clippers sent him a clear non-endorsement of his twisted sentiments  by appearing on court with their red shirts worn inside out to obscure the team's name and by all members wearing black socks and black wrist bands. But, maybe in some sinister way or another, Sterling has done America some good through his racist comments, for he has brought to light a topic, often a taboo, that needs addressing finally along America's path to full racial unity. Sterling reminds us that not all racists are dead. Like him, some cling to life with money, influence and power -  dangerous strengths for anyone possessing racist inklings. Yet, if there is a Donald Sterling of the NBA, then there must be others of the same dying breed across other sectors from sports to business to education to politics and beyond; most, obviously declining in influence, yet, their mere existence represents a blotched decal upon American society as the United States seeks to reaffirm its stewardship of equality, peace, democracy and protection of human rights and dignity in the World. So as we remember the Holocaust on this day, and as we celebrated Emancipation Day ten days ago, lets send one final message to racists that there is no place for them in this 2014, 2015, 2016 and beyond. May the NBA owners deal with their colleague accordingly.