When I grew up I had an Uncle by the name of Bay Banks. He could sing and dance very well and talk as slick as ice in the shade of your driveway. Only problem was that he tended to do all of these things at the most inappropriate times.
He'd sing blues songs while my mom tried to talk to him about the Lord. He'd dance in the middle of traffic and talk slick to police officers or the neighborhood dope boys who wanted their money immediately or him in a hospital.
We loved Uncle Bay and he was great entertainment to us. As kids, it was hilarious to see a 40-year-old man dancing in the middle of the street in his underwear without any music, but it was awfully embarrassing to my mother. She simply wanted to hide this Jheri-curl wearing, hot-pistol toting, Soul Train-looking, 5-foot-9, 140-pound drunk distraction somewhere in the very back of our home.
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has become the latest drunk uncle in America's fight against racism. In a taped phone conversation that TMZ reports is between Sterling and his girl friend (who is black and Mexican), he lashes out at her for posting photos via social media with NBA Hall of Famer Ervin "Magic" Johnson.
In a crystal clear version of the conversion on Youtube, Sterling speaks of black people as if we were lepers. As if it was our culture that invented the disease racism. As if we some how created the white-washed world that we all live in today: 50 U.S. states carved out of land first inhabited by Native Americans and now primarily controlled by white people; a fine-hair, blue-eyed, pale-skinned Jesus in every movie made about Christianity with total disregard to the Bible's description of him in Revelation 1:14; and the imaginary fat white guy who supposedly brings all of our bad butts gifts in December..
OK, I know I'm in left field, but in baseball left field is actually close to home. I'm headed there.
I wasn't shocked that racism still exists. It's just that it has become as bold as terrorism, married even. Has anyone taken a moment to remind this bigot that black people not only work for him in his offices, but also pay good money to watch his team play and wear their clothing?
On the tape, Sterling, 80, at times sounds as if he cannot fathom how his girlfriend, 38, cannot digest his ignorance in a reasonable manner. He was irate that his Negro-hating friends had to call and tell him that she had photos on Instagram of her and Magic.
This clown had the nerves to ask this lady not to bring blacks to his team's games. What about the players on your team sir? Most of them are black.
So like my drunk Uncle Bay, may he rest in peace, racism is embarrassing and I wish someone would take Donald Sterling to the back of the house. Until he is bounced out of the league, the game plan should be to boycott the Los Angeles Clippers and all-associated products. "LOB City" as the franchise has affectionately been called over the last few years should now stand for "Losing Our Blacks."
Meanwhile, consider this: In 1946, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Albert Einstein traveled to Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, the alma mater of Langston Hughes and Thurgood Marshall and the first school in America to grant college degrees to blacks. Einstein gave a speech in which he called racism "a disease of white people" and added, "I do not intend to be quiet about it."