NAACP Will Not Honor Noted Racist Donald Sterling (Again)

The NAACP, via its official Twitter account, has announced that the Los Angeles branch will not honor Donald Sterling with his second Lifetime Achievement Award next month. The L.A. branch's website has not yet been updated, however, and still lists Sterling as a 2014 honoree.

Below is our original story about NAACP L.A.'s history of honoring Sterling.

NAACP To Honor Noted Racist Donald Sterling (Again)

In 2009, the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP honored Donald Sterling with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Soon after the announcement was made, much of the world learned of Sterling's unrepentant racism thanks to Elgin Baylor's employment discrimination lawsuit.

From the Los Angeles Times, in 2009:

Clippers owner Donald Sterling, accused of racism and embracing a "vision of a Southern plantation-type structure" in a lawsuit filed in February by Elgin Baylor, will be given a lifetime achievement award next week by the NAACP. . . .

Leon Jenkins, president of the Los Angeles branch of the civil rights organization, says of the much-maligned Sterling, "He has a unique history of giving to the children of L.A.," revealing that the owner donates anywhere from 2,000 to 3,000 tickets a game to youth groups for nearly every Clippers home game.

Noting that the NAACP had made plans to honor Sterling before Baylor filed suit, Jenkins says, "We can't speak to the allegations, but what we do know is that for the most part [Sterling] has been very, very kind to the minority youth community."

The NAACP's Los Angeles chapter has now twice combined an awful decision with even worse timing. On May 15, 2014, Donald Sterling is set to receive another Lifetime Achievement Award. Sterling also won the 2008 NAACP Presidents Award.

Update: The NAACP is urging the LA chapter to not honor Donald Sterling.