Donald Sterling and the NAACP are Cool

by May 06, 2009

Enough for them to award the Clippers owner with a Lifetime Achievement award. Seriously: “Something’s out of whack…Clippers owner Donald Sterling, accused of racism and embracing a ‘vision of a Southern plantation-type structure’ in a lawsuit filed in February by Elgin Baylor, will be given a lifetime achievement award next week by the NAACP. Leon Jenkins, president of the Los Angeles branch of the civil rights organization, says of the much-maligned Sterling, ‘He has a unique history of giving to the children of L.A.,’ revealing that the owner donates anywhere from 2,000 to 3,000 tickets a game to youth groups for nearly every Clippers home game. Noting that the NAACP had made plans to honor Sterling before Baylor filed suit, Jenkins says, ‘We can’t speak to the allegations, but what we do know is that for the most part [Sterling] has been very, very kind to the minority youth community.’ Baylor didn’t mention that.”