Should NAACP be investigated for awarding Donald Sterling twice?

Donald-Sterling

Before V. Stiviano released the audio of Donald Sterling’s racist rant, there was documented history of his racist practices that span for more than 30 years.

Outside of sports, he discriminated against black and latino tenants and was forced pay the U.S. government $2.7 million to settle the dispute. He was also sued by Elgin Baylor for racial discrimination.

However, the Los Angeles-based chapter of the NAACP thought it would be a good idea to award Sterling twice for his efforts. In 2009, the group gave him a lifetime achievement humanitarian award. He would give Clippers tickets away to inner city kids and he often funded sports camps. Sterling was also known for donating money to the NAACP.

The president of the L.A.-based chapter of the NAACP, Leon Jenkins, has yet to reveal how much Sterling has given to the organization. Should the lack of being upfront about monetary benefits warrant an investigation?

Dr. Elania Jemison Hudson of Morehouse College believes the NAACP should return the money given by Sterling.

“Don Sterling has a right to his beliefs, and we, individually and collectively, have a right not to associate with him,” Dr. Hudson said in a recent statement sent to rolling out. “Subsequently, the L.A. Chapter of the NAACP should return every dollar that they have ever received from him with interest. In addition, they need to attach a letter to the check that notifies him that both awards  (not just this year’s award) are being rescinded with a request to return any plaques, medals or trophies that have previously been given. The NAACP must let him and others know in no uncertain terms that we simply don’t dance for food like that.”

A.R. Shaw
A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.



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