What Donald Sterling and Obama have in common

DonaldSterling1I was somewhat torn between addressing a titillating though marginally relevant issue that’s at the forefront of the news, versus one that should be the top story in every American newsroom (if not worldwide) but which is receiving comparatively minimal attention.

On the one hand, we have controversial race-related remarks made by L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling, its comparison to controversial race-related remarks made by Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who has been involved in a tense standoff with federal authorities over cattle grazing rights, and the social relevance of these two affairs.

On the other, there are recently-publicized revelations made by the Citizens Committee on Benghazi that the Obama administration intentionally allowed arms to flow to al-Qaida-linked militants who opposed Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi, and emails published by the group Judicial Watch detailing the administration’s efforts to deceive the American people in the wake of the Sept. 11 2012, attack on the Benghazi compound by advancing the narrative that the siege resulting in the deaths of four Americans was the result of an anti-Islamic Internet video.

With regard to Benghazi and the treason of the president and his minions, we now have a well-established watchdog organization and a group of seasoned, respected military and government former officials confirming that which many have suspected for some time. Yet, while this information has received attention from some in the conservative press, it has been wholly ignored by the establishment press and paid token lip-service by ineffectual Republican lawmakers who ought to be putting it front-and-center in the public debate.

In my book Negrophilia: From Slave Block to Pedestal – America’s Racial Obsession, I detailed that during my formative years, those in my multicultural peer group used every racial epithet imaginable – and some we even made up – on a regular basis. The qualifier for “racist speech,” speech meant to injure, was always the intention behind it. Today, the mere utterance of a racial epithet or dated term, even in context or quoting another person, can relegate one to “racist” status in the eye of the public.

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