Racist comments made by Clippers owner Donald Sterling

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Donald Sawyer

Donald Sawyer, a sociology instructor in the College of Arts and Sciences, is available to discuss the racist comments that have been attributed to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. 

"I'm interested in seeing how the league approaches this issue," said Sawyer. "They have been very quick to fine players for violations, but I'm not sure how they will handle Sterling. He didn't break a law. Being a bigot is not a crime and it's his right to be one. He also has to deal with the consequences of his views. He's infamous for his past views, so this is not new for him. It will be interesting to see how people react. Especially since many believe we are in a post-racial, colorblind society.

"Another interesting point is that the NBA has to be at least 70 percent black. So his comments reveal that he hates the people but loves the results of their physical labor. There are some connections to slavery, although the NBA players are paid well. The owners of enslaved Africans did not love them or feel they were fully human, but they cherished the riches gained from their physical labor. The people are hated, but their production is loved."

Sawyer earned his doctorate in sociology from Syracuse University after successfully defending his dissertation, "I Ain't Do Nothing: The Social and Academic Experiences of Black Males in a Dismantled Middle School." He holds master's degrees from Syracuse and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Hartwick College. Learn more about Sawyer.

To schedule an interview with Sawyer, please contact John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations, at 203-206-4449 (cell) or 203-582-5359 (office).

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