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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Welcome to the Finger-Wagging Olympics

TIME

Moral outrage is exhausting. And dangerous. The whole country has gotten a severe case of carpal tunnel syndrome from the newest popular sport of Extreme Finger Wagging. Not to mention the neck strain from Olympic tryouts for Morally Superior Head Shaking. All over the latest in a long line of rich white celebrities to come out of the racist closet. (Was it only a couple days ago that Cliven Bundy said blacks would be better off picking cotton as slaves? And only last June Paula Deen admitted using the “N” word?)

Yes, I’m angry, too, but not just about the sins of Donald Sterling. I’ve got a list. But let’s start with Sterling. I used to work for him, back in 2000 when I coached for the Clippers for three months. He was congenial, even inviting me to his daughter’s wedding. Nothing happened or was said to indicate he suffered…

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How many Donald Sterling’s are destroying the lives of Blacks in North America?

Excuse me, as I am sure there are a million blog posts about this topic.  But I figured I would add my two cents.

When TMZ.com released the Donald Sterling audio this past weekend, many were shocked to hear such blatant racism come from an accomplished business/sports personality.  Perhaps even more shocking to many, was the fact that he displayed racism towards the very same group (Blacks/African Americans) who just happen to represent the majority of his team, and league.

Note, this is not the first time Sterling has had ‘race’ problems.   Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports highlights this in a recent article

Obama speaks on Sterling remarks
Obama speaks on Sterling remarks

However for many of us who are Black, this is neither shocking or surprising.   Instead, what Sterling has done is underline what many of us feel – That no matter our skill & education level, many in power view us Blacks as inferior being who shouldn’t think, talk or action unless we have permission from our ‘masters’.

This mindset is often found online when the topic surrounds race or ethnicity right here in Canada.   When Blacks speak up on an array of issues, many will speak to us as if we have no right to have an opinion.  The common line of “Freedom of Speech” in invoked, however it is only freedom of speech when THEY have an opinion, not us.

The problem becomes larger however if those behind the keyboards are also the same individuals sitting in the Executive Offices of various places of employment.  As we posted in a previous blog – a job is how many of us regardless or race/gender, provide for our families.   If the people who control your employment have the same attitude of a Donald Sterling or many of these “keyboard haters”, then we start to see racism transform from not only a social issue but an economic one.

At least we know where Sterling stands on this issue as it relates to Blacks.  The deeper concerns are as follows:

  • Why did the NBA wait for this event to happen when Sterling has a history of demonstrating this behaviour?  Why has the NBA protected him for so long?
  • For every Sterling, how many more people in power have this view towards Blacks?
  • How many qualified Blacks are overlooked for promotions, new opportunities and business ventures due to racism?
  • If multimillionaire NBA players who bring in millions for the league and sponsours can be looked upon in this manner, how are everyday, hard working blacks viewed?

From Sterling’s comments, to the racist backlash against President Obama – an increasing amount of blacks at all socioeconomic levels are seeing their worst fears confirmed.   The fear is that even if we are contributing to society; are we still viewed as modern day slaves?

Some will argue that Affirmation Action/Employment equity is making a difference.  However, even TIME Magazine in a recent article mentions that it is not Blacks reaping the benefits of Affirmation Action.

There are millions of people who adore the NBA and its players.   Basketball is a beautiful sport and has helped transform many lives.   Many of those millions are Blacks who work hard and contribute to our society.   Are they getting a fair shake at work?  Are their kids getting fair shake at school?

Maybe we don’t feel the need to speak about this issue because after all, we are “multicultural”.   But as a Black Man born and raised in Canada, I don’t see multiculturalism in the hall of power.  Or even in our media nearly enough.

I would rather deal with someone who is honest about not liking me than with someone who poses with pictures of Elton Brand yet makes disgusting comments like this to this girlfriend about Blacks.  I just wonder, how many Donald Sterling’s are out there and how many lives of good hard working Black People are they destroying?

 

Blog by Radcliffe Dockery

 

 

 

 

Galaxy S5 vs. HTC One (M8): Which is the best Android phone in the world?

HTC One (M8) vs. Samsung Galaxy S5 #Samsung #HTC #Android

BGR

For smartphone fans around the world, things really started to get interesting over the past couple of months. First, Samsung unveiled its new Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone in late February, revealing a smartphone that was quite impressive and touted a number of great new features, but failed to live up to the hype stirred up by dozens of rumors. Then, HTC unveiled its own flagship phone, the HTC One (M8), and launched it the very same day.

We called HTC’s new handset the best Android phone on the planet when we published our in-depth HTC One (M8) review. But now HTC’s flagship handset finally has some serious competition in the Galaxy S5.

The new M8 and Samsung’s Galaxy S5 went on sale within weeks of each other and there is little question that these two smartphones are the best all-around Android phones in the world at the moment…

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Tim Donaghy: NBA Wants Nets, Not Raptors, To Face Heat In Next Round

This would not surprise me…

NESN.com

Jonas Valanciunas; Mason Plumlee Tim Donaghy was allowed on the radio in Canada, for some reason, because a convicted game-fixer’s opinion apparently still matters. His take: The NBA is just as corrupt as he is.

Donaghy, a former NBA referee who wrote a book outlining the ways he fixed games (for which he served 15 months in prison), said the league is pressuring referees to favor the Brooklyn Nets over the Toronto Raptors for TV purposes. The winner advances to most likely play the Miami Heat, which is facing the Charlotte Bobcats in the first round.

“A Brooklyn-Miami matchup would bring great ratings, and that’s what this is all about for the NBA and the league offices — bringing in as many dollars as they can,” Donaghy said, according to FOX Sports. “It’s terrible for the fans (of) Toronto. They go and support that team, but they’re really going to have trouble moving on based on talent…

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Rogers Communications Inc racks up near $40-million tab paying CEOs in 2013

This may stir up the debate on CEO Pay in Canada. It is much hotter topic in the USA.

Financial Post | Business

Rogers Communications Inc. paid its incoming and outgoing chief executives a total of almost $40-million in 2013, including a retirement package worth $17-million and signing incentives for its new CEO of almost $10-million.

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It was a year of transition for the telecommunications and media company as Nadir Mohamed announced his plans to leave the top job in February and, after a months-long search for a replacement, former Vodafone UK CEO Guy Laurence stepped in.

Mr. Laurence, who started on Dec. 2, took home total compensation for 2013 of $12.7-million, which includes pro-rated amounts for salary, share- and…

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