NAACP LA Chief Quits Over Sterling Honor
Leon Jenkins says he wants to protect chapter's reputation
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2014 12:49 AM CDT
Leon Jenkins, president of the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP, announces that Los Angeles Clippers basketball team owner Donald Sterling will not be receiving his lifetime achievement award.   (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

(Newser) – The NAACP president who planned to honor Clippers owner Donald Sterling with a lifetime achievement award—and said the organization could forgive his racist remarks—has decided to step down. "The legacy, history, and reputation of the NAACP is more important to me than the presidency," Leon Jenkins said in a statement explaining his resignation as president of the Los Angeles chapter. The chapter, which plans to return $45,000 it received in donations from Sterling, honored him with a similar award in 2009, USA Today notes. The national NAACP says it is now "developing guidelines for its branches to help them in their award selection process."

The woman whose recording of Sterling's racist remarks led to his lifetime ban from the NBA, meanwhile, says she gave copies of the tape to friends for safekeeping and one of them apparently sold it, according to her lawyer."One of those friends apparently wanted to make money and sold it to TMZ, says V. Stiviano's lawyer, who denies that the tape was leaked to "get even" with Sterling's wife over a lawsuit she filed, reports the Los Angeles Times.

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Plato
May 3, 2014 12:06 AM CDT
Is it racist to believe: 1- There are a number of different races of us humans. 2- There are identifiable differences in the DNA of different races that identify a specific race. 3- Some races overall, in general that is, excel in some fields of endeavor more so than other races do. 4- It is acceptable that a person of one race would want his/her grandchildren to be of the same race as he/she is. 5- A person takes a particular interest and pride in the historical achievements of his/ her own race. Is a person a racist to consider, to think about, ponder, ask about or discuss the above five items ?
Chuck Roast
May 2, 2014 6:20 PM CDT
NAACP sounds like a racist organization..
Chicagoist
May 2, 2014 9:29 AM CDT
That entire organization should have been scrapped at the end of the 20th Century along with this guy's bottles of hair relaxer and "Jheri Curl" solution.