Obama Criticizes ‘Ignorant’ Sterling Remarks, Laments ‘Vestiges of Discrimination’
During a diplomatic stop in Malaysia, President Barack Obama condemned the alleged comments by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling revealed by TMZ on Saturday, but added that Sterling’s comments stood out because the U.S. had made such progress on race relations.
“I don’t think I have to interpret those statements for you,” Obama said. “They kind of speak for themselves. When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk.”
“I have confidence that the NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, will address this.” (Sorta.) “[The NBA] has an awful lot of African American players and is steeped in African-American culture, and I suspect that the NBA is going to be deeply concerned in resolving this.”
“The United States continues to wrestle with the legacy of race, slavery, and segregation. That’s still there, the vestiges of discrimination. We’ve made enormous strides, but you’re going to continue to see this percolate up every so often. I think we need to clear and steady in denouncing it, teaching our children differently, but also remaining hopeful that part of why some statements like this stand out so much is because there has been this shift in how we view ourselves.”
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