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Ed. Note: On Tuesday, National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver announced that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling would be banned for life from the association and fined $2.5 million for racist comments he made toward African Americans.

Silver also told media that the NBA would do everything in its power to force Sterling to sell the Clippers franchise. A ¾ majority vote by NBA owners would be needed to force Sterling to sell.

danoldLos Angeles Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling is no aberration. On an audio recording that allegedly captures Sterling telling a girlfriend that he doesn’t want African-Americans at “my games”  and it ignited a furor. But it’s part and parcel of an increasingly rotten and ugly saga that has become all too familiar in recent days.

In quick succession, GOP rocker and pitchman Ted Nugent maligned President Obama as a “subhuman mongrel,” GOP House representative Paul Ryan, chair of the House Budget Committee, virtually called blacks and Hispanics lazy as the cause of their chronic high joblessness, and South Dakota GOP state representative Phil Jensen publicly said it was OK for businesses to exclude blacks from service.

lady"We see the support of the Sandals Foundation as demonstrative of the Caribbean's growing global prowess as a sustainable tourism destination.

Through this support we plan to enhance our Caribbean tourism management strategy through two important pillars: stronger relations with our large Diaspora and by honing the creative skills of the next generation of Caribbean tourism leaders." - Sylma Brown, Director, Caribbean Tourism Organization - USA

obama5For Prerna Lal, how deportation data is parsed and explained is personal. She was once an undocumented immigrant herself, and for her, the deportation statistics represent people’s lives.

“There’s political motivations behind the numbers game,” says Lal. “We can cut the numbers either way, but the fact remains that the actual number of deportations is 2 million. These are people who are hard-working members of our community — mothers, brothers, members of our family.”

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