Pittsburgh NAACP chapter president glad NBA 'made an example' of discredited Clippers owner
Racist comments made by NBA franchise owner and would-be NAACP award winner Donald Sterling tarnished only himself, said civil rights leaders attending the Pittsburgh NAACP's 60th annual Human Rights Dinner on Thursday night.
“There will always be ignorant people in the world,” said Cecile Springer, honoree and president of Springer Associates. “The mission of the NAACP is and has always been to educate ourselves, know our history and be sure our message — equality for all — is heard.”
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced on Tuesday that Sterling, longtime owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, would receive a lifetime ban and a $2.5 million fine for racially disparaging remarks captured in an audio recording that circulated without Sterling's consent.
Before the controversy, he was expected to receive a second lifetime achievement award from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Those plans were canceled.
Pittsburgh chapter President Constance Parker said at the dinner in the Westin Convention Center that she felt satisfied with the punishment.
“We don't want to kill him, but he needed to be made an example of,” she said. “I think the people in the NBA are realizing they have to put their wealth back in society to change what they're seeing in their home communities.”
Sterling donated to the Los Angeles chapter for years.
Aja Brown, the youngest mayor in Compton, Calif., history, served as keynote speaker at the dinner.
The event recognizes civil rights leaders young and old. Award recipients included Charles Powell, director of diversity and community engagement for the Urban Redevelopment Authority; longtime equality activist and civil rights leader Alma Speed Fox; Sabrina Saunders, recently appointed executive director of Strong Women, Strong Girls, Pittsburgh; and Springer.
Megan Harris is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5815 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- More departments in region eye equipping officers with Narcan to treat overdoses
- Burial set for remains of World War II soldier from city
- Faithful stand together in Wilkinsburg
- Port Authority focusing on natural-gas bus fleet for proposed rapid transit line
- Black Pittsburghers still challenged in education, workforce, housing
- Pittsburgh police chief: Officers, public must unite against violence
- Region tied 81-year-old record low Saturday
- Newsmaker: Dai Morgan
- New Monroeville Mall policy aims to tame teen shoppers
- Southwest announces daily nonstop flight between Pittsburgh, Dallas Love Field
- 3-alarm fire burns Hill District row homes