Two men, one disgusting picture

Outdated bigotry goes beyond confines of politics

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By outward appearances, Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling could hardly be more different.

The cowboy-hat-wearing Bundy owns a Nevada cattle ranch; the billionare Sterling owns the Los Angeles Clippers.

Bundy was a conservative folk hero for standing up to the federal government’s bully tactics; Sterling is a political donor to Democrats who received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the NAACP.

But their bigoted remarks – caustic references to African-Americans – show they are merely flip sides of the same coin.

Bundy disgustingly opined about how “the Negro” may have been better off under slavery than now. A publicly released recording reportedly captured Sterling scolding his mixed-race mistress for bringing black guests to Clippers games and being photographed with them.

The jaw-dropping comments were denounced immediately by Americans of nearly every social and political stripe. Yet there was a marked difference in how the media portrayed the men – both of whom are white, older than age 60 and possess archaic attitudes on race.

Bundy’s insensitive remarks were attributed to his political views; Sterling’s were not.

Liberal media commentators practically high-fived after Bundy’s statements surfaced, and they took no time into turning him into a symbol for conservative ideology. They steered the debate away from federal overreach and individual rights by gleefully painting Bundy and his conservative-minded supporters as gun-toting racists.

Sterling, whose actual political involvement dwarfs that of the cattle rancher, wasn’t made a symbol for anything once the media discovered his donations skewed overwhelmingly Democrat – albeit after he was initially identified as a Republican.

Sterling was scheduled to receive his second NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award at a banquet next month – sharing the bill with Al Sharpton – but the group reversed its decision amid the controversial remarks. As owner of the Clippers, Sterling also is sure to face repercussions from the NBA, where blacks make up 71 percent of players.

It would have been easy to portray Sterling as the
archetypal disingenuous limousine-riding Democratic donor, but the mainstream press chose not to connect the dots.

It’s that kind of ideological bigotry that excused then-U.S. Sen. Joe Biden’s 2006 comments about being unable to walk into a Delaware “7-11 or Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent.”

Can you imagine the backlash if a conservative made that statement?

Ideological bigotry also let Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid off the hook in 2008 when he said America could accept President Obama because he was “light-skinned” and could turn off the “Negro dialect” when he wanted.

Reid now calls Bundy a “hateful racist,” oblivious to the hypocrisy.

As horribly insensitive as Bundy’s statements were, no one has come forward to say he ever acted maliciously or discriminatory toward any person of color. Sterling, on the other hand, agreed to pay nearly $3 million to settle three separate discrimination lawsuits brought by blacks and Latino tenants at apartment buildings he owned in Los Angeles.

A short study of Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling shows us the vast majority of Americans won’t tolerate racist remarks, regardless of where they fall on the political spectrum.

This kind of repulsive bigotry transcends politics. And it has no place anywhere.

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karradur
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karradur 04/29/14 - 12:38 am
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Well...

...Harry Reid isn't exactly wrong.

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Riverman1 04/29/14 - 04:40 am
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Harry Reid And The Light Skinned Negro

Karradur, you mean what Harry Reid said about Obama?

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Kingbiscuitboy 04/29/14 - 05:04 am
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double standard

This editorial violates the advisory rules set forth in the comment section. Just saying.

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ymnbde 04/29/14 - 05:55 am
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someone dropped a seed into that media manure pit

stories like this are what media does best, sadly
it's just victim after victim after victim
yet no one was harmed...
does it really deserve 24/7?
it's adolescent gossip mongering
oh, did anyone find that plane yet?
is there not time to show how even one family was harmed by
their skyrocketing deductibles?
did schools suddenly have kids pass their AP exams?
what does Paris Hilton think of all this attention mongering?
are their no pictures of Sterling shaking hands with O?
billionaires being rude to millionaires... the tragedy of it all
the media... it may not be the oldest but it is the most incompetent profession

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nofanofobama 04/29/14 - 06:03 am
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bundy in my heart is mis

bundy in my heart is mis stated...the other clown is a clown...but get over it..not everyone is perfect...if i had a dollar for every thing said about me or thought i'd be rich..so would you..we need to get tougher skins..there are always going to be bosses, co-workers etc who say things about you...last question .how many of you can survive the scrunity of a private conversation..where our private thoughts and loose tongues are un-guarded..dont think any of us could.we all need to grow up .

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Pops 04/29/14 - 06:16 am
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The coverage that

both of the stories on CNN is amazing.......you would think that these situations are life threatening for millions of us.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 04/29/14 - 06:21 am
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Nice, karradur. Defend the
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Nice, karradur. Defend the liberal bigot...why not defend both bigots?

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carcraft 04/29/14 - 06:23 am
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The press wanted to destroy

The press wanted to destroy Bundy's so they searched till they found the ammo they use on Bundy. Sterling is a multi millionaire who makes his money off the NBA. He should have some respect for those folks who work for him. I would say he is probably afraid (being elderly) his lady friend may want some one a little more virile. But the editorial is correct, liberals get a pass. Political affiliation isn't brought up unless it furthers the liberal alwinsky rule for radicals of destroying your target.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 04/29/14 - 06:40 am
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Karradur proved that liberals
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Karradur proved that liberals will give liberals a pass.

carcraft
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carcraft 04/29/14 - 06:50 am
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Every time there is a mass

Every time there is a mass shooting the press labels the shooter as conservative.

corgimom
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corgimom 04/29/14 - 07:00 am
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I don't see where Harry Reid

I don't see where Harry Reid was wrong, either.

corgimom
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corgimom 04/29/14 - 07:01 am
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No, carcraft, every time

No, carcraft, every time there is a mass shooting the press labels the shooter as mentally ill, because THEY ARE. It has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with a sick, twisted person suffering from extreme mental illness.

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localguy55 04/29/14 - 07:03 am
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Aside from the obvious point

Aside from the obvious point of this editorial, of those called out, a Rancher, a Billionaire, a Senator, a Vice President; which have the power to cause the most pain in your individual lives.

Most who have any brain in their heads would defer to the last two on the list. But everyone knows that democrats are given blatant passes when it comes to racist / bigoted comments.

There is no question that leftist / democrats demonstrate callus indifference to those they purport to represent their cause when questionable acts surface.

This two face approach; win at all cost will come back to haunt them. Because when you play with snakes and disregard the fangs they possess, don't be surprised, that one day, their handlers are bitten for their efforts.

corgimom
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corgimom 04/29/14 - 07:05 am
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No, carcraft, nobody wanted

No, carcraft, nobody wanted to "destroy" Bundy. They told the truth, and they didn't have to "search" too far.

It is childish to think that when the media portrays somebody positively- as Bundy was at first- that the media is "accurate" but then when they uncover further important details, then they are "destroying" them.

But then, I'm not one to think that everything is a vast conspiracy against conservatives. Or liberals.

karradur
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karradur 04/29/14 - 07:12 am
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I know critical analysis is hard.

But i'll give it a whirl.

Both Harry Reid and Cliven Bundy described black people by using the term "Negro".

Reid's comments came to light in the book "Game Change" by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. Reid later made a statement to CNN as follows: "I deeply regret using such a poor choice of words. I sincerely apologize for offending any and all Americans, especially African-Americans for my improper comments."

Bundy's comments came to light in a video recording posted to YouTube. Bundy later made a statement to CNN as follows: ""Maybe I sinned, and maybe I need to ask forgiveness, and maybe I don't know what I actually said, but when you talk about prejudice, we're talking about not being able to exercise what we think. If I say Negro or black boy or slave, if those people cannot take those kind of words and not be (offended), then Martin Luther King hasn't got his job done yet." (As far as I know, Bundy has not made any statement to any media organization apologizing for his statements.)

Reid's point was that a majority of Americans would be more accepting of a black president if he used "white English" instead of "black English" (both of which are ethnolects of English) and had a lighter skin complexion. For many reasons, which I would be happy to discuss, I think he is correct.

Bundy's point was that black people were better off under the plantation system as human property. For many reasons, which I would be happy to discuss, I think he is incorrect.

But I know those aren't easily digestible Twitter-length soundbytes, so I understand if nobody wants to talk about them.

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karradur 04/29/14 - 07:17 am
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Also...

...pay close attention to Reid's point. He did not say that he would feel that way, only that a majority of Americans would feel that way.

When similar scrutiny is applied to Bundy's point, you apparently get the conclusion that the terms "Negro", "black boy", and "slave" are interchangeable? I'm not really sure what the point is, exactly.

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syfredrick 04/29/14 - 07:18 am
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Politicians Politicize

It was the very public embrace by politicians like Sen. Rand Paul, Sen. Ted Cruz, and Gov. Rick Perry, along with some local politicians, that made Cliven Bundy's racist remarks part of the political landscape. Donald Sterling has never been part of any political discussion. His racist remarks resonate through sports, not politics. By the way, Donald Sterling is a registered Republican. Does that mean anything? No.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 04/29/14 - 07:37 am
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" By the way, Donald Sterling
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" By the way, Donald Sterling is a registered Republican. Does that mean anything? No."

Senator and Klansman Byrd was a democrat. Does that mean anything? LBJ who said "I'll have the N@ggers voting democrat for the next 100 years" was a democrat. Does that mean anyting? Jesse Jackson who referred to NY as Hymietown is a democrat. Does that mean anything? Every single democrat voted to NOT free the slaves. Does that mean anything? Darn those historical facts.

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carcraft 04/29/14 - 07:53 am
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Corginom, the press labeled

Corginom, the press labeled the Colorado shooter as a Republican tea party member shortly after his name was released. The Gifford shooter was labeled a conservative and the shooting was blamed on a poster by Palin. http://ri.search.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0LEViEzkl9Tc3oArPoPxQt.;_ylu=X3oDMTByNz...

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corgimom 04/29/14 - 08:00 am
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Carcraft, the Colorado

Carcraft, the Colorado shooter was from my home town, and was and is very ill, and is no more a Republican tea party member than is Bozo the Clown. Same way with the Gifford shooter. They were literally insane, and not members of any party.

Please, just because some nutcase blog says something, doesn't mean it's true.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 04/29/14 - 10:26 am
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Byrd was a modern sanator,
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Byrd was a modern senator, klansman, and democrat. Jackson is alive today.

corgimom
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corgimom 04/29/14 - 08:09 am
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"LBJ who said "I'll have the

"LBJ who said "I'll have the N@ggers voting democrat for the next 100 years" was a democrat. Does that mean anyting?"

Pond Life, that was very common language back in the 60's and prior to that, and was used by BOTH Republicans and Democrats, all over the country, especially by people of Johnson's generation. Many people of that time saw nothing wrong with using that term.

Not sure what your point is. You can't judge something that was said 50 years ago by today's standards.

corgimom
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corgimom 04/29/14 - 08:10 am
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Karradur, I understand

Karradur, I understand exactly what you're saying, and yes, Pond Life lacks an understanding of the history of the Democratic party.

corgimom
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corgimom 04/29/14 - 08:12 am
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nofan, Bundy is stated

nofan, Bundy is stated exactly as he is, a racist, religious fanatic who has "revelations". He is not misstated in the slightest.

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Bizkit 04/29/14 - 08:13 am
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"Two men one disgusting

"Two men one disgusting picture"-I thought it was going to be about Sterling and Sharpton as both are racist and ironically would be sharing the same NAACP stage. The difference is Sterling will be ostracized and shamed for the rest of his life. Sharpton has never been held accountable for statements like: "“White folks was in the caves while we [blacks] was building empires … We built pyramids before Donald Trump ever knew what architecture was … we taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek [filtered word] ever got around to it." He also disparaged asians too. So Sharpton dissed gays, whites, and asian with little repercussions-and definitely not losing his job. Double standard isn't there.

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corgimom 04/29/14 - 08:15 am
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Pond Life, perhaps you should

Pond Life, perhaps you should consider that after Reconstruction, the laws such as the poll tax and the literacy laws, that disenfranchised black men, were put in place by the ruling Republican party, not the Democrats. The Republicans were all for freeing the slaves, but they had just better not vote.

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carcraft 04/29/14 - 08:17 am
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Corgimom, then why did ABC

Corgimom, then why did ABC news identify the shoiter as a tea party member?

corgimom
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corgimom 04/29/14 - 08:17 am
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Bizkit, what job is that?

Bizkit, what job is that? Publicity hound?

Nobody takes Al Sharpton seriously, and his "job" is that of a minister, if you could call it that. Not sure how you can fire an ordained minister who is self-employed.

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Bizkit 04/29/14 - 08:21 am
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These are silly arguments

These are silly arguments reminds of Sharpton trying to legitimize his use of the word "Homo"sexual (the site bleeps the word it italics-we will see if it posts this time). I don't see that much difference between Bundy's strange vitriolic brand of Christianity and Obama's strange vitriolic brand he practiced under Rev. Wright for 20 years.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 04/29/14 - 08:23 am
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Amazing rhe lengths liberals
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Amazing rhe lengths liberals will go to rationalize their own bigots whill attacking others....such as denyimg history.

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