We, at the NAACP, are saddened to hear about the lifetime ban that possible former owner of the LA Clippers, Donald Sterling, is receiving for his remarks towards African-Americans. He was a dear friend to us all and these recordings caught us all by surprise.
When he said he gives black people cars, clothes, and money, that was partially true. He is a big force in the African-American community. He gives African-American people scholarships invites them to summer camps and has donated more money than any other NBA franchise. So, in a sense, he does give African-Americans those things. Mr. Sterling has done more for the African-American community than those rappers you people like to talk about.
With that being said, we are willing to forgive Mr. Sterling for his one mistake. Let's be honest here, we all make mistakes. What's important here is that Mr. Sterling learns from them so the African-American community can forgive and forget. It's not like this is something he does on a regular basis. If it was, we would have never offered him the award in the first place.
We are also willing to work with Mr. Sterling to continue the donations the NAACP receives from him. In the end, that's what matters. African-Americans depend on the generosity of others. Let's not let this minor incident stop our money flow.