Dr Boyce Watkins: How Donald Sterling bought the NAACP’s loyalty

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This video makes you ask a few questions, starting with:  What is the NAACP doing giving Lifetime Achievement Awards to Donald Sterling?  Sterling is the Los Angeles Clippers owner who is now infamous for telling his girlfriend that he didn’t want black people coming to his games.  In the midst of the firestorm are revelations that the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP has given Sterling awards in the past and also planned to give him a Lifetime Award this year.

This cozy connection between a leading civil rights organization and a man who has been sued repeatedly for racism has drawn concern among those who don’t feel that this relationship is appropriate.

Dr Boyce Watkins asks a few questions:

NAACP, what where you thinking?

What has Donald Sterling done for the black community that might make someone believe that he deserves a Lifetime Achievement Award from the NAACP?

Are there others out there doing meaningful work who would have been more worthy of this reward?

Dr Watkins is a Finance professor and he breaks down the economic implications of this very odd partnership.

For the record, the NAACP has told Sterling that if he makes another donation, they might forgive him.  Maybe this shows the relationship between money and civil rights, which is not always good for the black community.


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  1. the NAACP may have a black president but it's controlled by WHITE people that's why he's getting an award. the NAACP is an organization created to trick black people into thinking that there's a program to help them get over oppression.

  2. Dr. Boyce, (and you may know this) the NAACP was founded and finance(d) by the Jewish community. Their wasn't a black NAACP President until 1975. As you said, when you give somebody something or finance it you own it! The same people who own the NAACP own the NBA.

  3. The conference resulted in a more influential and diverse organization, where the leadership was predominantly white and heavily Jewish American. In fact, at its founding, the NAACP had only one African American on its executive board, Du Bois himself. It did not elect a black president until 1975, although executive directors had been African American. The Jewish community contributed greatly to the NAACP's founding and continued financing. Jewish historian Howard Sachar writes in his book A History of Jews in America of how, "In 1914, Professor Emeritus Joel Spingarn of Columbia University became chairman of the NAACP and recruited for its board such Jewish leaders as Jacob Schiff, Jacob Billikopf, and Rabbi Stephen Wise."[19] Early Jewish-American co-founders included Julius Rosenwald, Lillian Wald, Rabbi Emil G. Hirsch and Wise.

    Donald Sterling To Receive NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award | Robert Littal Presents…Strangely enough, Donald Sterling was to be given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Los Angeles NAACP at their 100th anniversary gala next month.


  4. And for the Highest Achievement for any African American the NAACP gives out the Spingarn Award. In honor of who?

    THE SPINGARN MEDAL was instituted in 1914 by the late J.E. Spingarn (then Chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors), who gave annually until his death in 1939, a gold medal to be awarded for the highest or noblest achievement by an American Negro during the preceding year or years. A fund sufficient to continue the award was set up by his will to perpetuate this award.

    Joel Elias Spingarn
    Born: 17-May-1875
    Birthplace: New York City
    Died: 26-Jul-1939
    Location of death: New York City
    Cause of death: unspecified

    Gender: Male
    Religion: Jewish
    Race or Ethnicity: White
    Sexual orientation: Straight
    Occupation: Critic, Activist

    Nationality: United States
    Executive summary: Literary critic, NAACP leader

    Military service: US Army (WWI, Colonel)

  5. Tauris….We as a people, dont know we've been tricked by jews…Privately they say, "your son's dreams, opportunities and access will be owned by our sons."

  6. BLACK FOLKS WHY do WE ALWAYS have to have White people in our business? DID the NAACP forget how in the 1980s I believe in California one of the Jewish organizations Wiretapped the NAACP OFFICE? SOME one please check the date for me!

  7. WE(BLACKS) have'nt Learn yet! ONE MUST HAVE POWER AND THE MONEY TO BE RESPECTED IN THE WORLD WE LIVE IN TODAY! THE NBA players would not have gotten so Fast a result if They didn't have power and money and the White man ain't gotting to let you mess with his money! WHY CAN'T ALL BLACKS THE POOR, MIDDLE CLASS AND WEALTHY BECOME AS A "FIST" and show their Power and Wealth as a people?

  8. NAACP really does stand for "Niggers, Apes, Alligators, Coons and Possums" …


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