Thursday, May 1, 2014

Teachable Moments: LA Clipper's Fiasco

If you haven't heard or seen the news about the Los Angeles Clipper's basketball team fiasco then you're likely living peacefully under a rock. There isn't much to share about this unfortunate situation other than the sad fact that Clipper's Owner Donald Sterling was outed by his own words in an audio recording where he was irate and hateful towards minorities, saying specifically, he didn't want Blacks at his games. 

The recording was truly awful. What's worst is that in 2014 we still have to encounter such blatant racism. Racism was wrong 100 years ago and it's wrong today. Racism has always been wrong. Donald Sterling was recently reprimanded for his nasty remarks by the commissioner of the NBA. The reprimand included being banned for life from the NBA and the Clipper's organization, a fine of 2.5 million dollars and will likely be forced to sell the team. Whether you agree with this consequence or not, it's sends a very strong message: hate will never win!

My son at 7.5 years old is thrilled about basketball. He is the biggest little fan there is and this unfortunate situation became a teachable moment from a sport he loves. The lessons: love over hate always prevails, acceptance is mandatory and we are all ONE race and none is better than another.

When the actual players of the LA Clippers and other teams silently protested Donald Sterlings' horrible remarks it sent another powerful message to my family, particularly my son. Whatever the issue, there is power in revolt no matter how small the protest might seem. Protesting the misconduct of one leads towards betterment for ALL! Here's yet another moment in where I get to show my son something positive from a negative situation. Watching players, leaders and celebrities across media forums stand up against such hate teaches my child something good about society. Our society is more open-minded than ever and hateful racism will not be tolerated.

Did you use this incident or other's like it to create a teachable moment for your child(ren)? 

1 comment:

  1. What a great way to connect your blog to current events.


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