As I was laying in the hospital inpatient for a few days, I could not believe my eyes as I watched the news coverage in Ferguson, Missouri. I thought of the film coverage and documentaries of the race riots in the 1960s. However, news coverage may have an agenda depending on the network’s affiliation. NPR provides reporting without any bias and when I returned home I read all the reports from NPR on the events of the death of Michael Brown and the events that followed in Ferguson, Missouri.
Michael Brown was a college bound teenager who was black and most importantly unarmed when he was shot several times by a police officer who had been on the force for six years. Why didn’t the police officer use a TASER? Why did the officer shoot Michael Brown several times which ended in a homicide? Did Michael Brown steal from a convenience store? As the investigative process continues in the Michael Brown homicide, these answers and more will hopefully be revealed and justice pursued. It is imperative that the peace continues and that everyone be patient and wait for justice to arrive through the court system. Rioting and looting does not help justice reveal but it only enhances tensions between the community and the police. Police officers are committed to saving lives and maintaining law and order and we should teach our children to be respectful of police officers. I applaud the police officers who take their time to know the communities that they protect and are committed to their communities. Our prayers go out to the Michael Brown family and friends and that they reach their goal for their legal fund.
The gofundme.com website has the Michael Brown Family listed to raise funds for their legal fund as they seek justice. http://www.gofundme.com/justiceformikebrown
Love and blessings,
First, Anderson Cooper of CNN is one of the greatest news correspondence, reporters of my generation! His strength and resilience and coming out are like bricks released from his back, and for Sterling to mention that Cooper is a racist is disconcerting. Anderson Cooper and I are only a few days apart from each other and born within a few miles from each other during a turbulent decade.
The recent interview Anderson Cooper conducted with the silent Donald Sterling is just as astonishing as the tapes. Clearly, Sterling is either suffering from Alzheimer's which is a horrible disease and or living in the past during the Jim Crow days. For him to have the audacity to say that Magic Johnson does not help the black community is absurd! Magic Johnson has brought numerous jobs and companies to partnership within low income neighborhoods. There are thousands and thousands of low income people who are now invested in their community and employed and can live the American dream. It appears that Sterling is envious of Magic Johnson and is spiteful toward his accomplishments. Magic Johnson has HIV and he does not have AIDS; however, according to Sterling the behaviors of Magic Johnson and his AIDS are glorified. Again, Magic does not have AIDS but he has HIV. It is depressing that Sterling refuses to acknowledge his own behaviors and apologize to the NBA family that he continues to disrespect. Furthermore, he believes that the players and fans adore him and the media are damaging his personification.
When Sterling speaks of the comparison of rich Jewish people as more dedicated to helping the poor compared to rich blacks helping the poor is a deep seated opinion and a clear generalization. There are many rich Jewish and black people alike that contribute to poor communities within the United States and other countries. In the year 2014, to be born into poverty, does not define a person’s future! Those of us who live in poverty are among all races and ethnicities. Sterling it is time to stop living in the past and live in the now which is a melting pot of the United States. The same fans that attend the Clippers NBA games and the NBA players are the same people who you have demeaned and dishonored. Yes, Sterling’s days as an NBA family member are fading just as his mind a noteworthy juxtaposition.
Blessings and love,
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The recent events in regards to Donald Sterling pushed me to write about the right to privacy according to my six years of criminal law college research and classes. Furthermore, my over thirty years of experience as an adult in regards to race relations, has caused me to shake my head in wretchedness. Those who are on different sides of this subject will be shocked from my reason of shaking my head. As we say in the military, “stand-by” for I want to discuss the act of recording a conversation.
Donald Sterling has every right to feel and think the way he does about any person in or out of his life. We may not like his true feelings and his thinking process but Sterling has been telling people his reality for several decades through his actions. Ironically, his confident is Mexican and African/Black American which are the races that he ranted against on the tape. Obviously prejudices, ignorance and stereotypes are learned behavior and with each generation these behaviors within our population will continue to decrease. Regardless, of how we may despise Sterling’s behavior, he has the privilege and justification to his sentiments and views no matter if it is right or wrong.
Recording someone without their permission should have legal ramifications. Hopefully, a lawyer will provide us with some insight on these laws. From what I know the conversation was a private conversation between Sterling and his “silly rabbit confident” considered his “right hand armed man”. I am not being comical or disrespectful from utilizing these names, according to an interview with Barbara Walters on ABC’s 20/20, Sterling’s confident described herself to the acclaimed journalist with these depictions.
There are several factors in determining the law in regards to recording someone without their permission because obviously we know that Donald Sterling did not know that he was being recorded during his honest conversation. In my four questions of how Sterling’s rights may have been violated, justice is for all no matter if we do not agree with their actions and sentiments! For example, factor one is the location of where both parties are located during the recording. Factor two is there a written or verbal consent between both parties involved or either parties to record? Factor three, who are the parties involved in the recording? Factor four, is the recording related to a conspiracy to commit a crime?
As I listened to Sterling’s rant I felt various ways, but my focus remained on the basketball players of the Clippers, NBA players of the past and the fans. My heart was broken especially for the players and fans that have never experienced prejudices, ignorance and stereotypes directly or indirectly. The culture of indirect and direct prejudices, ignorance and stereotypes was daily one generation ago. In every generation forward, our multi-cultural world will have less ignorance. Yes, ignorance will always exist in society but it will not be rampant as the days of the past.
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