Jon Stewart: Racists Clearly Unsure What Racism Is
They know it's bad, but that's about it, says 'Daily Show' host
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2014 9:55 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Thanks to the Donald Sterling brouhaha, the Cliven Bundy brouhaha, and the Supreme Court's upholding of the Michigan affirmative action ban, Jon Stewart spent quite a bit of time talking about racism on the Daily Show last night. Re: Sterling, whose comments were of course made to his mixed-race girlfriend, he noted: "It's that age-old story: 'Yeah, I'm racist, but my d--- and my wallet are not.'" Stewart went on to marvel at the way racists and/or their apologists loudly insist they're not racist—heck, even the KKK is insisting it's not racist as it distances itself from Jewish center shooting suspect Frazier Glenn Cross.

Take Bundy, who said that if "those people" are offended by him using words like "Negro," "black boy," or "slave," it's really because "Martin Luther King hasn't got his job done yet." The good news is that the remarks of Bundy and Sterling were widely condemned—the bad news is that, while "we have made enormous progress in teaching everyone that racism is bad, where we seem to have dropped the ball is in teaching people what racism actually is," Stewart said. "Which allows people to say these incredibly racist things whilst insisting they would never."

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kawahchan
May 1, 2014 11:19 AM CDT
Mr. Don Sterling might think about the Asian (China's Northern tall fellows, Korean) Basketball Players can make up a team of basketball-game industry in the States. Asians don't smell bad !!
orlandojon
Apr 30, 2014 4:28 PM CDT
Sterling had a history of racism going back to 2000 when he was fined by the federal government for treatment of minorities in his numerous apartment complexes he owns. So both the NBA and NAACP ignored his past. In fact the NAACP was scheduled to give him an award in May (which he got for donating cash).
Crazy Horse
Apr 30, 2014 7:56 AM CDT
What bothers me most about this story is that the NBA is going to take his team away because of something he said (in private), and not for malfeasance in the operation of the team. Is there no wiretap law broken by the (black/Asian) girlfriend for recording a telephone conversation? And speaking of the girlfriend... Donald Sterling is 80 years old and has a very young trophy girlfriend. He must pray to God every night for just one more erection.