Schaper: I’m a Hater, You’re a Hater, Don’s a Hater (Confused?)
Friday, May 02, 2014
Following his incendiary, and racist (or is it “prejudiced” since there was no violence, unlike the four diplomats at Benghazi or DOJ officials from Operation Fast and Furious) comments to his girlfriend, tape-recorded for all to hear, maybe no one wants his money anymore.
Sterling was yelling at his girlfriend, telling her not to take pictures of herself with other black people. I say "other" because Sterling's girlfriend (and he’s married, too!) is half-black and half-Hispanic.
Based in Torrance, CA The Daily Breeze blasted his face on the front page, next to his girlfriend, then reported on the rising reactions against the man for his comments.
He dated a woman of mixed minority heritage. But he doesn't like black people.
The guy is a hater, and mixed up, too.
The greater blowback flies to his political affiliation. He donated to Democrats, yet he was a registered Republican. Or was he?
And therefore, Sterling represents the Dems, or the GOP?
Give me a break!
Sterling also donated to the NAACP, which gave back the money. Now, when will the leader of the NAACP's North Carolina chapter apologize for calling black Republican US Senator Tim Scott " a dummy"? That’s racist! Are they haters, too?
When does this hater not-so-merry-go-round end?
I imagine Jason Alexander singing "I'm a hater, you're a hater. . ."
Maybe Seinfeld can help us. In one episode, Elaine was dating a guy whom she thought was black. She didn't have the courage to ask, because that would be. . .racist (or irrelevant?)
Still, Elaine started seeing herself as black by association. When one of the servers at the local diner brought her the check, Elaine said "I hear ya, sister!" because the waitress was black.
I guess that makes Elaine a hater, too.
Elaine's boyfriend then admits that he thought she was Hispanic. "What? No, I'm not."
"So, we're just too white people?"
Are they racist because they realized that they were not the races that they thought they were? Sterling could have learned something about proper race relations watching Seinfeld.
“Who cares?” Serenity now!
Then again, Sterling was too busy watching those Clippers games (or yelling at his girlfriend of the week).
And he wants to watch them "the babes and the basketball" without black people. (Repeat: His girlfriend was black)
How did this whole tizzy get started, anyway?
Someone recorded his private conversation without his consent. Isn’t that a crime? That damned NSA! (Nope, the girlfriend). Speaking of which, shouldn’t the media be exposing the federal government’s outrageous, criminal invasions of our privacy?
"Barack Obama is black (actually, mixed, like Sterling’s girlfriend). Criticizing the President would make you racist."
Why stop with Sterling, then? The LA Times printed his advertisements ad nauseum.
The LA Times is racist! (except on the days when I’m printed there)
Seriously, though, this whole culture of entitled offense is getting really annoying.
"Clive Bundy is a hater because he compared slavery to welfare." Stupid? Yes. Racist? No.
The New York Times contorted itself to make him look like a hater, distorting his remarks so that no one read his support for Hispanic people and black people, followed by his comments about the damaging effects of the welfare state.
So, since the New York Times when out of its way to portray Bundy as a hater, then the NYT editors must be a haters, too!
The real alarming element in all of this, frankly, falls on this failing, flailing Fourth Estate, the Press, which is supposed to be exposing misrule through publicity, but has spent more time printing these limited, incendiary stories about individuals who make off-hand remarks about race, as if they define the current state of race relations.
Yawn. Shrug. Meh.
"Donald Sterling is a hater, and so are you!"
No, no, no.
Donald Sterling doesn't like black people, has deep prejudices? Obviously.
But why are we listening to this guy's private conversation to begin with? And why is this man's inner perversions taking so much press space in the first place? Secretary of State John Kerry remarked that Israel may create an apartheid state. Such comments from an international official have timeless and global implications. He said those awful remarks in front of lots of people and he intended other people to hear them. Kerry the racist! Where's the front page headlines on this guy?
Kerry ought to step down, though.
Or how about when the former president of Iran, Ahmed-nutjob, who declared "We are going to blow Israel off the face of the earth!" Such comments cannot be ignored, as they represent an immoral, evil leader of a hostile nation plotting annihilating force against another country.
Even lib-comic Bill Maher takes threats against the state of Israel seriously.
He also had the savvy to call out First Lady Michelle Obama's racist remarks about other blacks, "who are more interested in balling than studying".
The black guest W. Kamau Bell on Bill Maher's show was surprised by that remark, because Bell was ready to slam a white politician for saying it.
I guess that makes him a hater, too huh?
Or does it?
Arthur Christopher Schaper is a teacher-turned-writer on topics both timeless and timely; political, cultural, and eternal. A life-long Southern California resident, Arthur currently lives in Torrance. Follow him on Twitter@ArthurCSchaper, reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org, and read more at Schaper's Corner and As He Is, So Are We Ministries.
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