The Donald Sterling incident has caught the attention of not only the United States but also the entire world watching and following the National Basketball Association (NBA). The audio-recording incident and its repercussions prompted NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver, to issue a life-time ban and an unprecedented fine of $2.5 million on Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. The NBA Commissioner also ordered the force-sale of the ball club owned by Sterling since 1981.
Hatred and racism, supposedly a thing of the past, unfortunately still exist. Such kinds of thinking, no matter how hard a person tries to conceal it, will eventually be revealed in the person’s actions or own words.
Is there really a way to dispel hate and racism? Can it be removed from a person’s system? The answer is a resounding yes.
Remember the Titans and Glory Road are both all-time favorite movies that provide insights on how a society or a person can overcome hatred and racial discrimination. Both films, based from true stories, tackle this sensitive issue on two of the most popular sports in America – football and basketball, where it’s prevalent during the ’70s.
So, how to dispel hate and racism? In one of the famous taglines from the movie Remember the Titans, Coach Bill Yoast portrayed by actor Will Patton blurted out – “You’ve taught this city to trust the soul of a man rather than the look of him.”
The outward appearance is not the entirety of a man. Not the eyes, the hair, skin color nor does any physical attribute rather it’s the character that defines a man. Learn to look from within and dispel the hatred and racism that is also rooted from within. Character after all makes the difference.
Disclaimer: The above article is a view point of the author. It is not intended to influence, contradict or support opinions or sentiments of others on the chosen topic.