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LA chapter of the NAACP doesn't mind giving awards to a man who has a record of discrimination
by Nathan'ette Burdine: April 29, 2014   Updated-April 30, 2014
 



The Los Angeles (LA) chapter of the NAACP doesn’t have a problem giving a President’s award and a Lifetime achievement award to a man with a record of discrimination.

Los Angeles Clippers Owner Donald Sterling’s alleged recent racist rant to his black, Mexican girlfriend has thrust his record of discrimination into the spotlight.

Yet, the LA chapter of the NAACP is not too concerned. After all, the organization awarded Sterling the President’s award in 2008 and the Lifetime achievement award in 2009.

And most recently, the organization nominated him for another Lifetime achievement award; which he was scheduled to receive on May 15, 2014.

In terms of the recent incident, the LA chapter of the NAACP hasn’t had much to say; whereas in 2009, Leon Jenkins, the chapter’s president, dismissed the allegations.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Jenkins emphasized Sterling’s “unique history of working with children” as a way to defend his decision to not rescind the award. Unfortunately for Jenkins, the one compliment about Sterling’s “unique history of working with children” failed by the waist side.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) alleged in a lawsuit that not only did Sterling discriminate against minorities, but he discriminated against families with children who wanted to move into his apartment complexes.

Sterling was also facing a discrimination lawsuit filed by former Clippers Executive Elgin Baylor. Although Sterling won the case against Baylor, Sterling lost the case against the DOJ.

The DOJ announced in the press release that the lawsuit against Sterling was the largest, $2.725 million, settlement the DOJ had won.

Yet, the LA chapter of the NAACP let this significant piece of information about Sterling’s record of discrimination slip through the cracks when they again decided that Sterling should receive another Lifetime achievement award.




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