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Racism Hurts

30 Apr

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The LA Coliseum, home to many memories~
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After living in LA for more than 30 years and going with my family to every conceivable sport venue repeatedly, this story about the racist owner of the Clippers,  hurt in so many ways.

It made LA look bad,  and LA  Sports look bad,  it was/is just plain ugly.

We are speaking of a huge sports loving family here: Hockey, Football, Baseball and of course,  Basketball games.

And, LA has a team for everyone!

We loved it all and it was a huge part of my family’s lives there for many, many years.

Going to any of these games was a joy for us all and if racism was part of it back then, we were not aware of it.

So, seeing all of the sad, vicious,  ugly words running amuck on the News all week,  leaves me questioning and wondering about the future of our species and of sports in general.

Yes, agreed,  this man has serious mental issues that only  he and his God can solve, but in my opinion, what the press and so many experts seem to be missing is, it isn’t just in sports, it is NOT  just an NBA Issue, racism and the evil it brings are still very much alive, not only in America, but all over the world.

Try to find a place without it.

LA has,  to be sure,  seen its fair share of racism exposed for the world to witness.

The riots in Watts in the 60’s,  the beating of and then the trial and its mess surrounding Rodney Allen King in 1991.

I can tell you that living in Simi Valley on the day that those policemen were found not guilty was terrifying.

I had to show my ID to the Police standing on the off ramp that day just to get home.

The riots that followed were just another mess that we had to deal with.

But, somehow,  we survived and I can speak only for me on this, I have been in every part of Southern California over my 30 years there and never felt that racism was going to do us in.

It seemed to me like we saw the problem and reacted to it,  then resolved to try to get it  right, when it was exposed.

Yet, here we are, so many years after all of this and racism still unbelievably,  exists in so many parts of this country.

I have seen its ugly face and know it how it works.

My best friend lives in Mississippi and every time that I go to see her,  there it sadly is,  still alive and well.

Blacks there are still treated badly and are still living with this ugly word.

It is still in existence here in Florida, in Orlando several times recently, KKK propaganda has been put into plastic bags,  tied to a rock and thrown into yards in all black neighborhoods.

So, now what about this sad man who has been slapped down by the NBA Commissioner for the ugliness and evil that lives in his heart?

I do not know him, so I can only speak to what is in the Press.

He has made generous donations to many groups all over LA for years, some now want to,  or have already, given his money back.

His reputation in LA is split.

Some hate him, some don’t.

But if you take his money, can you still call him names?

A bit two-faced I think?

But this much I do know.

LA is not a place where this will EVER be allowed to exist without a response to this kind of evil.

And now that the Commissioner has responded with his punishment, perhaps it may be time for all of us to look into our own hearts and say,   ” Am I a racist? “

” Do I secretly harbor ill  feelings toward those of color?”

If the answer on any level is yes, perhaps this nightmare could be cathartic for us all.

Maybe the surfacing of all of this hate of color,  could help us to be more tolerant,  to openly accept and care for each other, with no regard for color or race.

Hating,  takes so much energy, so much more than acceptance, loving and kindness.

We Humans, as a species,  have been here long enough to have settled this already.

So, why haven’t we?

The answers are not on TV,  in the News, in a book,  or even in our Religious facilities, the answers are in our hearts.

So I will only ask this in conclusion, what is in our hearts?

 

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11 responses to “Racism Hurts

  1. Dr. Rex

    April 30, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Excellent post!! Have to share ….. 😎

     
    • Gator Woman

      April 30, 2014 at 12:39 PM

      God Bless!!!!!
      So grateful~

       
      • Dr. Rex

        April 30, 2014 at 12:41 PM

        Bless you both too!! ❤ ….

         
  2. Hunt FOR Truth

    April 30, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    indeed – no need to fight it; just see past the negative perceptions to the lie forces that awaken expansive perceptions

     
    • Gator Woman

      May 6, 2014 at 11:14 AM

      Loving is so much easier than hating, always has been, always will be.

       
  3. hipmonkey

    April 30, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Mankind has been indoctrinated into a false belief system by a few for control. While most believe we are separate from others, separated from that ‘thing’ called god, separated from nature, and induced with fears, we are actually in Reality meant to be the exact opposite. We are meant to co-operate in a community of Love and Oneness with everything. We are not fully evolved yet, but in the process. How long will it take no one can answer. Even now more and more are waking up, though still the few, soon we’ll be many.

     
  4. henrylib

    April 30, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    wow…after saying wow, i was stuck..maybe for a minute….i don’t know how to continue…your discussion was clear and the message was well received…this is 2014 and to learn that this “plantation mentality” (as some people would like to call it) is still happening is, indeed, heart breaking…

     
    • Gator Woman

      May 6, 2014 at 11:12 AM

      Racism exists everywhere that acceptance is denied.
      Until Humans learn that compassion and empathy are required for us to progress as a species,
      there can be no change.

       
  5. infinitelyremote

    May 1, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    When I saw this was going to be about the bone-headed comment by the Clippers owner my first reaction was “Oh great, let’s give this guy more mileage from his hateful comments.” I have always been one to subscribe to the notion “hater’s gonna hate” and to even recognize such behavior only serves to spread their message. However, I like what you had to say here Gator Woman, and thank you for offering a calm voice of reason.

    The sooner humanity comes to grips with the fact that everyone of us are of one color or another and we share this little speck of rock and water called Earth the sooner we will be able to come together as the human race and concern ourselves with issues that truly matter to us all.

    The thoughts and opinions that spew from the minds of professional sports team owners holds about as much interest for me as that which a bear does so thoughtlessly in the woods.

    “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

    In reality Dr. King, that day has come. – Donald Sterling is an idiot.

     
    • Gator Woman

      May 6, 2014 at 11:08 AM

      So well said. Agree completely with everything!

       

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