Today’s Prompt: It turns out that your neighbor on the plane/bus/train (or the person sitting at the next table at the coffee shop) is a very, very chatty tourist. Do you try to switch seats, go for a non-committal brief small talk, or make this person your new best friend?
There is a chance that some of the people that I meet everyday is carrying a burden, a problem, a disappointment, or merely having a bad day. Why would I refuse them the chance to off-load?
I will feel honoured if anyone talks to me randomly on the bus, plane, train or coffee shop. Regardless of what they want to talk about, I will listen intently. They may talk about their lives, their families, their holidays, or possible that horrible boss that they have. It doesn’t matter. I will listen.
On the flip side, I could be the one who is in a foul mood. A conversation with a person who I do not know and would probably not see again could actually help lower my blood pressure and restore my calmness. Wouldn’t that be nice?
It is also possible that they do not have the same beliefs and ideologies as I do, but heck, I am open to an intellectual debate. I know I will learn something from them, and they will learn something from me.
Donald Sterling, the racist owner of the Los Angeles Clippers attacked Magic Johnson in his recent interview with Anderson Cooper.
Here’s Magic Johnson’s response:
The uber-racist LA Clippers team owner Donald Sterling has been issued a lifetime ban by the NBA which prohibits him from entering any team facilities and from attending any team functions. He is also removed from the NBA’s Board of Governors, as well as being fined a maximum 2.5 million USD.
League commisioner Adam Silver also urged the other 29 team owners to force Sterling to sell his club and to remove his rights to remain an NBA team owner. It will not happen as quickly as the whole basketball world would want it, but everyone is hoping that it will happen soon enough.
This controversy and its resolution is a landmark victory not only for the whole basketball world, but for society as a whole. The NBA’s swift investigation and its appropriate delivery of sanctions have shown that racism has no place in sports. In addition, the overwhelming reactions from former and current NBA players, coaches, as well as fans from all over the world shows that majority of society is sick and tired of racial discrimination. We are ready to move on. We all want a society that accepts everyone, regardless of their race.
TMZ.com has released an audio recording of NBA team Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling’s conversation with his girlfriend. In this conversation, Sterling makes a lot of derogaroty and disturbing remarks about the ethnic minority. One of which is him telling his girlfriend to not “bring black people to my games”.
Understandably, NBA players including Miami Heat’s LeBron James and Indiana Pacers’ David West have stated their disgust towards the owner’s comments, while Clippers coach Doc Rivers anger is heightened even more because of the timing of this controversy and stated that his players does not need distractions such as this. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issued the following statement:
This infuriates me. How can anyone at this day and age still think like the way Donald Sterling is thinking? The NBA has come a long way in promoting racial and gender equality in the USA and the whole world. Sterling should be banned in the NBA. There is no place for him there, or anywhere in this world for that matter.