In June, I wrote a blog titled “STERLING-SILVER: THE TARNISH GETS WORSE”, in which I brought readers up to date on the Donald Sterling/NBA saga.
At that point, former Microsoft biggie Steve Ballmer had offered $2 billion for Sterling\’s team, the San Diego Clippers – about quadruple the amount any other NBA team had ever sold for.
Initially, it was reported, Sterling agreed to drop his lawsuit against the NBA and go through with the sale (even he could use an extra $1.5 bill, I suppose) – but Sterling claimed the terms were not what he thought them to be, backed out, and announced the lawsuit was still on. Yesterday he filed additional suits against his wife, the NBA and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.
The blog ended this way:
sterling\’simage, of course is forever tarnished. His reputation, at leastregarding his attitude toward Black people in general, isirretrievable.
Butthe NBA – so far – is not in the same boat as sterling. Its massive history of looking the other way at racist, sexist andhomophobic comments at every level – players, coachers, owners – islargely unknown to the general public.
Sowhat happens if sterling makes good on his threat – i.e. he goes tocourt and airs the NBA\’s mountain of dirty linen?
Ifyou think he\’sbeentarnished, wait until you see what happens to the NBA.
Sosit tight, and wait for the next chapter in this pulp non-fictionsaga. I guarantee you\’ll need plenty more sterling-Silvercleaner.
The reason I bring this up is that, about a week after posting the blog — thus days after I checked to see if anyone had commented about it – an extensive broadside about sterling, Ballmer, the NBA, the country, and life in general, was posted by Omari Tahir.
Mr. Tahir, also known as Omari Tahir-Garrett, is a very well-known Black activist in Seattle who, last year ran for Mayor of the city.
My purpose is not to editorialize on Mr. Tahir or what he has to say. It is to post his views…which, if I had seen earlier, I would have put up as a separate blog at that time. I apologize for missing it.
Here, uncensored in any way, is Mr. Tahir\’s entire comment. Make of it what you will:
OmariTahir AFRICAN AMERICAN ATHLETES “JUST SAY NO” TO NBACIRCUS AND FORM OTHER MULTI0-ETHNIC PRO BASKETBALL, FOOTBALL ANDBASEBALL LEAGUES AND THEN MERGE WITH EXISTING NBA, NFL AND MLB?????WE ALREADY FORMED “BLACK CHURCHES” FOR SAME REASONS????BILL GATES, PAUL ALLEN AND STEVE BALLMER, are all cut from the samecloth!!! I was arguing with Mary Gates, (Bill Gates mother) when shewas on the Board of Regents at the University of Washington aboutdivesting from businesses doing business with APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA?When I sued the URBAN LEAGUE LEECHES about their neo-colonial takeover and subversion of positive youth activities, Bill Gates dad(Bill Gates Sr.) turned up as their Lawyer. The BILL AND MELINDAGATES FOUNDATION, provided the seed money for the 36 CONDOS AND FAKE”NORTHWEST AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM” (NAAM). YES, “NAAMIS A SCAM”. the URBAN LEAGUE LEECHES then went bust with theirneo-colonial take over of the “SMALL BUSINESS /CONTRACTOR\’SRESOURCE CENTER”. So this is my response to the DONALD STERLINGCLIPPERS PLANTATION EXPOSURE AND BILL GATES AND PAUL ALLEN\’S MICRSOFTPARTNER STEVE BALLMERS PURCHASE OF THE LA CLIPPER PLANTATION FOR 2BILLION DOLLARS($ 2,OOO,OOO,OOO)? FYI ARE WE CRAZZZZZZY????? STEVEBALLMER\’S 2 BILLION COULD END ALL HOMELESSNESS IN SEATTLE? WHAT ISMORE IMPORTANT ANOTHER WHITE PLANTATION OWNER WITH “BLACKLABOR”?? WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE STERLINGS, STEVENBALLMER OR BILL AND HILLARY CLINTON OWNING THE LA CLIPPERSPLANTATION??? IF AFRICAN AMERICANS ARE 80% OF THE NBA AND 99% OF TOPBASKETBALL PLAYERS, WHY ARE NO BASKETBALL TALENT WHITES THE TEAM /PLANTATION OWNERS? YES ECONOMIC APARTHEID / PLANTATION POLITICS(HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS) IS STILL OPERATIVE!!!!! THE STRUGGLECONTINUES, Omari Tahir FYI MR..PRESIDENT MR STERLING IS NOT”IGNORANT”. HE IS TRUTHFUL AND HONEST ABOUT THE PAST ANDPRESENT US POLITICAL ECONOMIC SOCIAL SYSTEM AND MOST IMPORTANT PASTAND PRESENT “US WHITE SUPREMACY”/ BLACK LABOR CULTURE!!”THE KING HAS NO CLOTHES” Mr. Sterling is a typical”EUROPEAN SETTLER COLONIAL BUSINESS MAN” operating on theland PIRATED FROM THE NATIVE PEOPLE AND DEVELOPED BY AFRICAN:”SLAVELABOR” THROUGH GENOCIDAL TERRORISM !!!! LIKE HIS FELLOW EURODESCENDANT BANKERS, MOVIE EXECUTIVES. INDUSTRIALISTS, POLITICIANS,CATHOLIC, PROTESTANT, EVANGELICAL AND OTHER “WHITE JESUS”RELIGIOUS LEADERS. The “WHITE SUPREMACY COURT” has ruled inthe DRED SCOTT CASE THAT “A BLACK MAN HAS NO RIGHTS A WHITE MANIS BOUND TO RESPECT”? What is new???? “THE MORE THINGSCHANGE THE MORE THEY REMAIN THE SAME”??? IT IS TIME THE AFRICANAMERICAN BASKETBALL AND FOOTBALL PLAYERS STOP “PLAYING ASVICTIMS”,,,, FORM AND CONTROL THEIR OWN MULTI- ETHNIC LEAGUESAND THEN MERGE WITH THE NBA AND NFL!!!!! PLANTATIONS SHOULD HAVE MORETHAN JUST “WHITE” OWNERS IN 2014 FORWARD OR THE BLACKHORSES DON\’T RUN!!!!…………….. TALENT EQUALS CONTROL.???????FOR THE SAKE OF JUSTICE YOU CAN THROW IN $$$TRILLIONS FOR”REPAIRATIONS” (REPARATIONS) 400 YEARS OF UNPAID BLACK”SLAVE LABOR” BEFORE THE NBA AND NFL!!!!!!!! YES, YES, YESJUSTICE AND AN END TO ECONOMIC APARTHEID!!!! Omari Tahir FOUNDERAfrican American Heritage Museum and Culture Center and AFRICATOWNSEATTLE (SUPER SONICS).