Los Angeles Clippers Owner Donald Sterling: In Israel Blacks ‘Treated Like Dogs’
JNS.org – A newly released clip from a recording of a conversation between Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and his girlfriend revealed Sterling to say that in Israel, blacks are “treated like dogs.”
In the tape, originally released by TMZ, the 80-year-old Sterling can be heard complaining to his former girlfriend V. Stiviano about her Instagram photos with basketball star Magic Johnson. “It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?” he asked.
In the newly released clip, revealed by Deadspin.com, Sterling says, “You go to Israel, the blacks are just treated like dogs… there’s white Jews and black Jews, do you understand?”
When Stiviano confronts Sterling with a comparison of his views to the prejudice of the Holocaust, he responds, “Oh, it’s the same thing, right? … There’s no racism here. If you don’t want to be… walking… into a basketball game with a certain… person, is that racism?”
After Sterling’s remarks were first revealed, U.S.President Barack Obama said, “When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk.” Jewish groups including the Anti-Defamation League, B’nai B’rith International, and the American Jewish Committee also condemned the comments.