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Ed Driscoll

Sterling Cooper Clipper Meltdown

April 26th, 2014 - 3:35 pm

Just a reminder that other than influencing men to wear sharp suits, skinny ties and fedoras, and perhaps reintroducing the Old Fashioned cocktail back into the vernacular, AMC’s Mad Men series really wasn’t meant to be a how-to guide for life.

Mad Men episodes take their time getting there, but there are always one or two scenes of high drama – and often racial confrontation – per episode. In last week’s episode, taking place on Valentine’s Day 1969, after a personnel dispute involving two of the black secretaries at Sterling Cooper & Partners, Joan Harris (Christina Hendricks), still working as office manager despite being a partner in the firm, shuffles the women around, placing one of them as receptionist. On his way out of the office for the evening, Bert Cooper (played by veteran actor Robert Morse), the eponymous founder of the agency, notices the new receptionist, smiles courtly at her, and then promptly goes back inside, confronting Joan in her office:

Bert: I just wanted to say that, I was on my way to the club, and I noticed that there’s been a change in reception.

Joan: I had to shuffle the girls.

Bert: Well, I’m all for the national advancement of colored people, but I do not believe they should advance all the way to the front of this office. People can see her from the elevator.

Joan: I’m sorry. Do you want me to dismiss her based on the color of her skin?

Bert: I said nothing of the kind. I’m merely suggesting a rearrangement of your rearrangement.

Joan: Suggesting?

Bert: Requesting.

Bert shuffles off, leaving a clearly frustrated Joan to sort out of the mess.

Flash-forward back to 2014 and the mess that L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling created for himself, breaking today. Showbiz gossip Website TMZ has audio allegedly of a conversation between Sterling and his girlfriend, in which Sterling demands that, as TMZ paraphrases, “he does NOT want her bringing black people to his games … including Magic Johnson”:

TMZ Sports has obtained audio of Sterling making the racist declaration during a heated argument on April 9th with V. Stiviano … after she posted a photo on Instagram posing with Magic.

Sterling rails on Stiviano — who ironically is black and Mexican — for putting herself out in public with a black person (she has since taken the pic down). But it doesn’t end there. You have to listen to the audio to fully grasp the magnitude of Sterling’s racist worldview. Among the comments:

– “It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?” (3:30)

– “You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it on that … and not to bring them to my games.” (5:15)

– “I’m just saying, in your lousy f******* Instagrams, you don’t have to have yourself with, walking with black people.” (7:45)

– “…Don’t put him [Magic] on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. And don’t bring him to my games.” (9:13)

As those time indicators hint, it’s nine minutes of crude psychobabble, and Sterling’s strangely petulant and whining voice. Or as Donald Douglas writes at his American Power blog, “Liberal Democrat Donald Sterling Caught on Tape Screaming Ugly Racist Epithets,” along with the rest of the story, not reported in the shock TMZ article:

It’s been almost like clockwork this last couple of weeks. Leftist got a squirrelly reprieve with the fake Cliven Bundy sideshow, but then the left gets back on track with their racist repertoire of hate. Seriously. It’s too good. You just can’t make up these far-left Democrat Party supporting leftists spewing vile racial epithets, all caught on tape. Clockwork baby.

I say it all the time: the Democrat Party is the country’s natural home to racists and ethnic eliminationists. And now we have über liberal real estate mogul and sports owner, Democrat Party contributor and philanthropist, Donald T. Sterling in the news with yet another case of vile leftist racial hatred.

Douglas notes that Sterling has supported Democrats Gray Davis (the disastrous former governor of California) and Bill Bradley, the somnambulistic former senator and 2000 presidential candidate.

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Um... excuse me?..

"White people caused"?.. That is like saying when the Nazi's occupied Europe, that "white people started or began WW II", while technically not incorrect, it broad brush asigns racial guilt to people who opposed the Nazi's as well..

let's be honest completely here, the social justice ideology of the left created the urban nightmares which tore black families apart,.. opposition to that destruction was slandered and smeared as republican " racism",.. I'm old enough to have seen it real time,

It wasn't "white people" who harmed Americans who were black, it was their Ideology.. left wing activism which harmed them,.. and that had it's share on non whites as well.

truer,.. the New Deal screwed black urban American families, the democrat party and it's reactionary dogma screwed black America, not white people as a group, because a great many of us opposed that ideology.

just reducing it to racial guilt is their game, not ours, and precision in pointing out root causes matters. Your way let's the real villians here squirm off the hook,.. no, they can't duck and hide, they have to face up to what they did in Detroit,.. and every other urban enclave they control...

70 years, democrat only rule has been an unmitigated disaster for many American cities. How can we fix it, if we let the left run away from it, only to 2 seconds later try and pin every catastrophy of their
design on the people who not only didn't have a hand in it, but opposed it...

proggresives are the real racists here, let's be completely honest about that..

your way is to share guilt, and my reply is..... Hell no it's not our fault too, and we should sure as Hell say so.
33 weeks ago
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Great article! She nails it.


"I wouldn’t have spoken in the terms Bundy used – even the terms that become clearer in the full clip. But that’s not because his terms were “racist.” Allowing our thoughts and speech to be boxed in by buzzword categories like that is death to the intellectual foundation of liberty, and we can’t let ourselves be driven over the CLIF by this method. We are the biggest fools who ever walked the earth, if we sell a republic of liberty down the river because we’re afraid of challenging a rhetorical orthodoxy that functions only as a red herring.

The reason to be disciplined and have a different policy about our speech is so that we can (a) encourage people, rather than just talking incessantly about what’s wrong, and (b) shape the debate, to the benefit of our fellow men and all we hold dear, and then win it. I don’t necessarily expect Cliven Bundy to observe that kind of discipline. Rhetoric and suasion aren’t his game. But they’re mine – and they’re Charles Krauthammer’s – and if the republic is to survive, there is no one else who will step in and slap down the “racism” gambit in favor of the precise and relevant thinking on which the principles of liberty depend."
33 weeks ago
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Cliven Bundy expresses concern over lower class blacks aborting their babies. Hillary Clinton accepts the Margaret Sanger award, named for someone who wanted to have blacks abort their babies.

Who's the real racist?
33 weeks ago
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32 weeks ago
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The guy is a registered republican. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/donald-sterling-registered-republican

Yes, he gave 4,000 dollars to state democratic candidates over 20 years ago. I am glad this site failed to provide the context.

Grade A journalism on this site as always.
33 weeks ago
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1. Isn't this recording a violation of wiretapping laws? If not then no biggie. If it is then someone's butt is going to a lot toasty.

2. A professional anything that is paid millions of dollars to do a job does that job regardless of circumstances. If you can't do that then you're not a professional and you need to either find another line of work or you need to get canned so you can have the opportunity to find such work as you are able to do.
33 weeks ago
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A quick check on Wiki shows that California is a state that requires consent of all parties to record a conversation. Here's the link to the penal code.

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=pen&group=00001-01000&file=630-638
33 weeks ago
33 weeks ago Link To Comment
The Clippers have exhibted admirable restraint
33 weeks ago
33 weeks ago Link To Comment
The Clippers have exhibted admirable restraint
33 weeks ago
33 weeks ago Link To Comment
Looks like the Clippers have decided to sandbag the owner and get out of the playoffs. They gave up 66 in the first half. If that plays out to 132 pts., that's what you see in the All-Star games where guys don't play D.

It's probably what I would've done. What would be the point of playing for a championship? I suspect Sterling won't be suspended but banned. Sterling will probably have to agree to it behind the scenes; money talks.
33 weeks ago
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Doc Rivers, (black, for what it's worth) coach of the Clippers, was interviewed today and said roughly: "Was I surprised at the comments? Well maybe not so much but they were still very offensive, but the team has voted to play this game and continue what we've been doing."

His comments were so gross and out of place, that you have to simply do a lot of head shaking. That doesn't mean they can or should be ignored, and I suppose the league will pry the team out of his hands before next season (team valued at over $500m). I think most of the NBA players' comments reflect that they're not really surprised by Sterling being a meathead and nobody will miss him when he's gone, and he does gotta go, with as much dispatch and dignity as anybody can manage. Then Sterling can spend full time managing his wife and girlfriends, until he's locked up in assisted living in one of his properties. IOW it's much more an individual glitch than anything widespread or social, and almost everyone involved seems to acknowledge that.
33 weeks ago
33 weeks ago Link To Comment
Democrat and set to receive NAACP award, doesn't that say it all about how blind liberals are to those that are actually waging the war on race.
33 weeks ago
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And to think Rush Limbaugh was denied the chance to own a small piece of the St. Louis Rams because of the so-called perception created by liberals that he was a racist, homophobe, etc. The Democrats ruined his opportunity to be a part owner of an NFL team. Will the liberals in this country force the NBA commissioner to make Sterling sell the team?
33 weeks ago
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Haha awesome observation.
33 weeks ago
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"for the world to have to see so they have to call me."

Is it Republicans calling Donald Sterling or good Democrat donors, politicians and apparatchiks?

Is Boehner going to call Donald Sterling and say "Hey, I saw your girlfriend, V. Stiviano, with a black guy."? Ain't going to happen.

But apparently Democrat bigwigs do it all the time.
33 weeks ago
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I believe that it's distasteful to attempt to link individual bigotry to political philosophies unless those philosophies directly espouse such bigotry as part of their principles. We need to challenge and reject bigoted world views, not use them as stereotypes against our political opponents.

When a person's bigotry is exposed, everyone who believes that bigotry is wrong should unite in condemnation of it regardless of who they are or where their political affiliations lie. All commentary should be directed at the bigot, not at those who might happen to be in the same political party.

Just as I believe it's wrong for anyone to claim that Republicans are bigots because Cliven Bundy made a bigoted statement, it's also wrong to claim that Democrats are bigots because this guy made bigoted statements. Both individuals are bigots and both live in little bubbles where their bigotry went unchallenged. Now their bigotry has been exposed. Let them be criticized harshly as individual bigots and not stereotype everyone in their political parties.
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