It's hard to believe that a man closely associated with a sport dominated by black players like professional basketball would be so ignorant when it comes to matters of race.
But believe it. Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling (pictured above) is that ignorant.
The latest example comes from a report today that the Clippers are going to celebrate Black History Month in March. That's right. The annual celebration of black achievement held every February since 1976 will start a few days late for the Clippers.
In an ad published in the Los Angeles Times, the March 2 game against the Houston Rockets will admit 1,000 underprivileged children for free "in honor of Black History Month."
The exact recipe differs, with some people preferring to add rat poison to their mix while others believe that powered soap gives a better kick.
Either way, it is clear that a new illegal drug called "whoonga" is catching on in South Africa's townships, and its highly addictive nature will likely mean trouble for police and authorities going forward.
The drug mixture is blended with marijuana and smoked. Smoking a hit of whoonga costs about 20 rand or $3 U.S., but like crack cocaine, users need daily doses of the drug to stay high.
Some days it doesn't pay to get out of bed.
For Atlanta Police Officer Steve Brown (pictured), that day was Feb. 17th, when his 9-year career in uniform came to a screeching halt after a bizarre incident at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport involving the theft of $2,000.
The name of Lt. Col. Mutuare Daniel Kibibi of the Congolese army doesn't conjure up the horror of ruthless individuals like Papa Doc Duvalier of Haiti or Idi Amin Dada of Uganda -- brutal men who brutalized their people.
But just give Kibibi some time.
For his act of ordering his men to rape dozens of women in the Central African country, Kibibi became the first commanding officer to be tried in such a trial and hopefully he won't be the last to face his punishment.
Kibibi was sentenced to 20 years in prison for ordering the New Years Day attack on the village of Fizi.
After more than 50 years, the names of some victims are still remembered today.
Medgar Evers, James Cheney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner are heroes who gave there lives for the cause of advancing civil rights during the 1960s.
But a lot of other folks whose names never made the history books were killed in the racial violence that engulfed those dangerous days.
A new series premiering at 9 p.m. ET Friday night called "The Injustice Files" on the Investigation Discovery channel will explore the murders of some of the lesser known folks who were killed in the civil rights struggle.
Talk about being caught in the middle.
Just one day after releasing his federal budget, President Barack Obama is getting pinched by Republicans on the right who say he's spending too much and being pinched on the left by core supporters like Congressional Black Caucus Chair Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (pictured) who say planned cuts to educational and housing programs will hurt the poor.
Cleaver has also said that the budget doesn't reflect President Obama's values, and he is right.
If the president could wave a magic wand and make the Republican majority in the House of Representatives go away, we would probably be looking at a very different budget from the one Obama sent to Congress earlier this week.
The Republican majority in the House, though, is an all-too-real hurdle for Obama to clear in passing the budget. Therefore, he has to make budget cuts to items we all know he would rather preserve like the Community Development Block Grant.
It's bad enough that Anthony Graves had 18 years of his life stolen from him by the Texas justice system, which imprisoned him for a crime he didn't commit.
Now the lack of two words on the judge's order releasing Graves may keep him from getting $1.4 million in compensation from the state.
The words "actual innocence" were omitted from the judge's order that released Graves. Since the order doesn't explicitly say that Graves is innocent - even though he is - he doesn't qualify for the compensation, according to state officials.
I have little doubt this will be worked out eventually to Graves' satisfaction.
Is anyone really surprised that the King of Harlem, Rep. Charles Rangel is planning another run for his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives?
Rangel has already been censured by his peers for messy ethics violations including not paying all of his taxes and improper use of his office. Rangel fought tooth and nail to avoid the censure, calling in universally respected friends like Rep. John Lewis of Georgia to speak on his behalf.
It did no good. And that was a good thing because no matter how long one has served, how much power they have amassed or how many friends they have accumulated over the years, when a congressman's hand gets caught in the cookie jar, it needs to get smacked -- hard.
Just to be clear about the racial tempest testing Texas, Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price was wrong, wrong, wrong to bring race into the discussion when speakers at a public meeting railed against him for removing a popular local official from office.
But as Chris Rock might say, though I disagree with his actions "I understand."
It was clear that Price was being worn down by the virtually all-white crowd gathered at the meeting. By the time the last speaker, Dallas lawyer Jeff Turner took to the podium and called Price, who is black, the county's "chief mullah" and used the word "tribal" to describe Price's actions, the commissioner blew his stack.
Turner knew full well that calling Price "chief mullah" has racial overtones as did using the word tribal. Price then went nuclear by asking aloud, "Why are all the speakers white?"
Anyone hoping President Barack Obama's 2012 federal spending plan would suddenly reverse his previous course and target increased revenue towards helping black America will be sorely disappointed.
In his $3.73 trillion budget submitted to Congress yesterday, the president shows that he still believes the best way to help black America is to lift all boats in the nation's choppy economic waters as opposed to targeting new large programs for African Americans.
Obama's reluctance to initiate large programs for blacks has drawn critics, especially some members of the Congressional Black Caucus who have said that since black America turned out in droves during his election campaign, black America should see some tangible benefit from his victory.
Though the bulk of spending is targeted to all, some of the spending increases will come in areas that black advocates have traditionally fought for.