Heavier things

Donald Sterling can do whatever he pleases, deal with it.

If you are less than rich, then tough luck. If your skin colour is anything but white, then tough luck, if your gender is anything but male, then tough luck. And if you are all of the above then tough, tough luck.

Because the world does not belong to you.

The world belongs to the likes of Donald Sterling. Because Donald Sterling is rich. Donald Sterling is white. Donald Sterling is a man.

And If you do not understand why he, a man who owns a team of predominantly black players and is dating a black/Mexican woman can make such outrageous comments as he did (excerpt below) then turn the whole thing around to look like he is the victim, then understand this.

It’s because he can.

He is rich, he is white and he is male. The world is his oyster and he can do whatever he damn well pleases. Understand this and you will not be so scandalized by the latest scandal to hit the NBA. Because these are the facts:

If you are rich you can buy and own things…

Lots of things. Cars, clothes, jets, islands, football teams and yes…people.

In Donald Sterling’s words: “I support them (black people) and give them food, and clothes, and cars, and houses. Who gives it to them? Does someone else give it to them?”

If you are rich and white you will never have to deal with what Oprah Winfrey had to deal with…

When she visited a shop in Switzerland. She wanted to take a closer look at a handbag selling for $38,000, but the salesperson at Zurich’s Trois Pommes refused to take it off the shelf,  ‘No, it’s too expensive”, she told Winfrey. Imagine, Oprah Winfrey, one of the world’s richest women.

But if you are rich, white and male, the world is your oyster:

Because you can look like this:

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Have a girlfriend that looks like this:

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And have hopes of getting an offspring or two from this union. One might even end up looking like this:

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If at any point your girlfriend (pictured above the make believe little girl here) dares to question you when you, in fact, say questionable things, you can chastise her for not being the ‘delicate white girl’ you thought she was, put her on notice- if she does not stop challenging you, then you will replace her.

Us mere mortals can talk all we want. We can fine the prick, even kick him out of the NBA. And he will be a pariah-

For a while.

But when all is said and done, more will be said than done. The bottom line is we will not be able to take away Donald Sterling’s innate instincts or even power. In fact, my bet is, after the dust settles and our attention diverts to another story of equal or greater shock value, Donald Sterling  will have quietly regrouped, re-directing his resources to another ‘hobby’ where he can continue being the Donald Sterling he has always been.

And because he is a rich white man, Donald Sterling will never be told by a store clerk in Zurich (or anywhere else for that matter) that things are ‘too expensive for him’. Donald Sterling will still be able to buy whatever or whoever is up for sale, girlfriends included. Because in his words, ‘If a girl can’t do what I want, don’t want that girl. I’ll find a girl that will do what I want. Believe me”.

We believe you Donald Sterling, we believe you.

*If you live under some rock and missed the “Don’t-bring-black-people- to-my -games’ tape, check it out (video courtesy of youtube, scoop courtesy of TMZ):

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I am not the target, its not my problem

I am not the target, it’s not my problem

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me – And there was no one left to speak for me” – Martin Niemoller

There is a lot to be said about the ‘gay debate’. And recently, the Ugandan parliament decided to remind us just how much. For the most part, their arguments, like most arguments left to politicians, were full of crap.

And now you know where I stand. But just to be absolutely clear on the matter: I am not pro gay or anti gay, I am pro human rights, the freedom to choose- if only it were that simple. I mean given the kind of persecution they face, who in their right mind would choose to be gay? What possible reason could one have to choose to be stigmatized against, beaten, insulted, imprisoned, killed?

And if gay people chose to be gay, I guess then straight people also chose their path, right? In which case, if you are straight and are reading this, when did you choose to be straight as opposed to being gay? Was it just after kindergarten? When you got your first job? And how did the decision making process go, did it come as an epiphany or was it an idea you had been toying with since high school? In making this decision, did you involve your parents or close friends or are you more the ‘go it alone’ kinda person? Was it a difficult choice to make or was it a no brainer?

So if there is choice in the matter, then I suppose putting gay people in jail and threatening them with death is one way to stop those who might be toying with the idea of ‘one day becoming gay’ from toying with the idea of ‘one day becoming gay’.

It’s ludicrous. Its tragic.

And it’s one of those topics which everyone and their dog seems holds an opinion.

Funny thing is though, those who debate with the most passion are those who are ‘anti-gay’. Give them the floor and they will accuse, arrest, prosecute and hang a gay person in one sentence, with no punctuation. Kinda like a modern day KKK.

The rest of us, well we don’t want to get directly involved. We are sitting on the fence, only sharing our views with a few trusted friends- if at all.

I am not saying it’s easy or even safe ( in this part of the world especially) to get embroiled in this debate. What would be easy and safe would be to shut up and mind our own businesses. Stand aside and let them deal with it, it is after all, their problem.

I guess that is the position a lot of men chose to take with women and their ‘feminist’ ideals; I guess that is the position most non-Jews took during the Fuhrer’s reign; I guess it is the position most non-blacks took when Martin Luther King took to the podium to address ‘his people’.

The majority stood by, and watched evil triumph.

I am not the target, it’s not my problem.

Most of us have entertained this thought at one point or another. Because this is the kind of world we have created- if its not ‘let’s kill the homos’ its ‘let’s banish the muslims. The blacks. The women. The ones who don’t fit in our social class. The old. The list…it’s endless.

And that is what Martin Niemoller was talking about. Today its them, tomorrow it will be you and Karma  is a bitch.

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Uhuru Kenyatta should have given up his salary, all of it.

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