B’nai B’rith International has issued the following statement:
B’nai B’rith International strongly denounces the reprehensible comments allegedly made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling regarding African Americans in a recently published recording.
The audio recording was released to the media on April 26 by Sterling’s former girlfriend, V. Stiviano. Though the tape’s authenticity has yet to be verified, it contains a conversation that allegedly took place between Stiviano and Sterling, who makes numerous vile remarks about African Americans.
It is deeply saddening that, just weeks before the 50th anniversary of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, we are confronted with stark evidence that primitive, bigoted attitudes continue to manifest themselves in our society. Despite the major strides America has taken to thwart racial inequality over those 50 years, this hateful rhetoric serves as a wake-up call that there is still much work to be done. B’nai B’rith will continue fight intolerance as we have done for more than 170 years.
Sterling has been sued multiple times for racially motivated discrimination in his various business endeavors.
We call on the National Basketball Association and Commissioner Adam Silver to act swiftly and harshly against Sterling. There is no place in sports or anywhere in society for such language.