It’s been a colorful week for the National Basketball Association. Golden State Warriors player Andre Iguodala, a black who will make $11.1 million dollars this year, was fined a token $10,000 for “racially insensitive remarks” he made last Friday. Asked by reporters if he had heard that his head coach Steve Kerr—who is white—was planning not to play him in the next night’s game, Mr. Iguodala replied: “Nope. No clue. I do what master say.” He went on to claim that “they want dumb n**gas, so I’m gonna give y’all dumb n**gas,” and, when asked another question, replied, “what would dumb n**gas say?”
Despite the obvious slavery metaphor, Coach Kerr said he wasn’t bothered at all. In fact, he even came to a perplexing conclusion about the comments by his 32-year-old forward: “He wasn’t talking about me.” Coach Kerr takes the usual pro-black positions on protests over police shootings, and has complained about the “racist, misogynist, insulting words” of President Donald Trump.
In the days that followed Mr. Iguodala’s remarks, gallons of ink were spilled both defending and criticizing him. Some articles said his comments were insulting to black slaves who had it tougher than he does. Others praised Mr. Iguodala for reminding them of the proud, bold “New Negroes” of the Harlem Renaissance era. No one suggested his remarks were anti-white.
But then, the entire National Basketball Association has a sharp anti-white bias. Compare Mr. Iguodala’s case to that of former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Mr. Sterling was stripped of his team, banned for life from the NBA, and fined $2.5 million for something he said in private to his Afro-Latino then-girlfriend, who had been seen in public with NBA player Magic Johnson. V. Stiviano recorded Mr. Sterling saying the following, which she released to the media:
It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to? You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it on that . . . and not to bring them to my games. Don’t put him [Johnson] on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. And don’t bring him to my games.
This led to weeks of white racial browbeating.
Then there’s the case of Danny Ferry, the white former Atlanta Hawks general manager who was forced to take an indefinite leave of absence from his position after he read out loud (and “failed to edit”) a scouting report written by his boss, which described Sudanese-born player Luol Deng as having “a little African in him. He’s like a guy who would have a nice store out front and sell you counterfeit stuff out of the back.” Bruce Levenson, who wrote the passage Mr. Ferry “failed to edit” was forced to sell his majority ownership stake in the team.
Mr. Iguodala at least got some punishment. A black former Knicks player Charles Oakley attacked two white security guards and had to be subdued when he tried to confront white Knicks owner James Dolan over a disagreement. Mr. Iguodala’s teammate, Draymond Green, had this to say about the white owner’s attitude towards Mr. Oakley: “That’s a slave master mentality.” The NBA decided no action was necessary.
Plenty of black players make racial comments and get little or no punishment, but if a white NBA player or executive speaks in even remotely racial terms he can expect his career to disappear—even if was speaking in private or reading someone else’s statement out loud. The disparity is so great that even normies are going to start noticing.