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Letter to the editor: Sterling outrage is hypocritical

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 12:01 am

I’m grateful that Kevin Leininger wrote what he did about the persecution of the alleged racist Donald Sterling (News-Sentinel, May 3).

No only was the national outrage inconsistent; it was shamefully hypocritical. Many of those demanding Sterling’s exclusion from the NBA sounded as self-righteous as the Good Friday crowd in Jerusalem, bad-mouthing Jesus and demanding his crucifixion.

Apparently, more Americans than ever seem ready to march in any parade or jump on any bandwagon that makes them larger and more visible, especially if it sounds good.

They define “good” down to what they want and what works for them. If they are successful, they win. If they fail, they blame racists who can be punished and exorcized.

The crowd waving anti-racist signs and disgorging propaganda slogans was disgusting enough, but what frightened me more was the premonition that this could grow into a violent racist-style movement against racists, chauvinists, homophobes, the rich, Islamophobes, or anyone else out-of-step with the crowd.

God forbid!

John Ribar