Chris Paul, star point guard and NBA Players Union President indicated the possibility of boycotting the next season if Donald Sterling remains the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. On April 25, 2014, TMZ Sports released a recorded conversation between Sterling and a female associate. Sterling told his female associate, “It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people”, and, “You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want”, but “the little I ask you is … not to bring them to my games”. These racist comments enraged the public as well as many NBA players. Presently, the NBA is attempting to resolve this racial challenge while Chris Paul’s boycott considerations have surfaced.
As Chris Paul contemplates boycotting, he as well as other organizations and individuals must understand that Donald Sterling is a product of an educational system that perpetuates a tradition of Cloomism. When Donald Sterling attended school, Cloomism went undetected in our schools and was accepted as the established norm for all schools.
If Chris Paul truly wants to eradicate the impact that Donald Sterling’s behavior has had then he must concentrate his efforts by Elcloomism. Elcloomism will reduce future racial tensions in our society as well as the tragic impact that it has on our children, high school dropouts, and our education system.
Will Chris Paul boycott by refocusing his efforts to solve racial challenges through Elcloomism?
Dr. Derrick L. Campbell, Ed.D. www.positiveracialrelationships.com PO Box 1668 Blackwood, NJ 08012
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