NAACP planned to honor Donald Sterling, who’s now beset by racism flap

Posted by on Apr 26, 2014 at 8:44 pm

A recording said to be of Clippers team owner Donald J. Sterling making racist remarks emerged weeks before he was to be honored by the NAACP in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles chapter of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People had been scheduled to give Sterling the group’s lifetime achievement award at its May 15 banquet. At that event, the NAACP chapter also planned to give its first “person of the year” awards to L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Rev. Al Sharpton, according to the organization’s website.

“In light of recent events, we will be discussing this event with the Los Angeles NAACP,” said Garcetti spokesman Yusef Robb.

Officials at the L.A. chapter did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

But the comments TMZ attributed to Sterling prompted ire among other civil rights activists.

Earl Ofari Hutchinson, president of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable, and a coalition of civil rights leaders demanded that Sterling apologize for “blatantly racist remarks he reportedly made about African Americans. “Sterling’s racist digs at African Americans is no surprise.”

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2 Responses to “NAACP planned to honor Donald Sterling, who’s now beset by racism flap”

  1. burt on 29/29/14 at 2:07 pm

    Sterling has said crazy things for years. As long as he paid his money to the NAACP they were overlooked. Now Magic Johnson is making a strong arm move to buy the Clippers. That’s what is pushing all this outcry.