The Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP is willing to work with Donald Sterling. Today at a press conference, the L.A. chapter President, Leon Jenkins says that they are willing to forgive Donald Sterling for his remarks, while acknowledging he must pay for what he’s said.
Interestingly, they decided NOT to honor him with a Lifetime Achievement Award, saying that even though the Sterling conversation was private, it was “Jim Crow-ish” and he must pay a price. He also advised they would be returning the money Sterling donated.
According to ABC News Jenkins said:
“God teaches us to forgive, and the way I look at it, after a sustained period of proof to the African American community that those words don’t reflect his heart, I think there’s room for forgiveness. I wouldn’t be a Christian if I said there wasn’t,” Jenkins said.
“We are negotiating with him about giving more moneys to African American students at UCLA, and so we are in preliminary discussions,” Jenkins said. He also noted, however, they had not spoken since the scandal broke.
Jenkins said that Sterling’s past contributions are a determining factor.
Jenkins said that the NAACP had been working closely with Sterling on contributions to the black community in southern California, including creating an endowment at a predominantly black college in the LA area and a scholarship program for black students at UCLA.
“The mission of the NAACP is to eradicate discrimination and racial hatred in all its forms, and each year our executive board votes on who we decide that we are going to honor,” Jenkins said. “Mr. Sterling has given out a tremendous amount of scholarships, he has invited numerous African American kids to summer camps, and his donations are bigger than other sports franchises.”
“That is something that shows that there is a consciousness of the plight of African Americans in this country,” Jenkins said.
I don’t care how much money he gives or contributes to the community when he still considers the people he “helps” less than human or inferior. The Los Angeles Chapter of the NAACP may need to rethink their positioning when the full investigation hasn’t been released.
Forgiveness is always acceptable and necessary, however, can they at least wait until he issues an apology? It sounds like they’re letting the rain of money from Sterling cloud their judgement.
What do you think?
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