Human Rights Campaign http://wfpl.org en Strange Fruit: Donald Sterling and Racism in the NBA http://wfpl.org/post/strange-fruit-donald-sterling-and-racism-nba-0 <p><object height="81" width="100%"><param name="movie" value="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/148215182&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;show_playcount=true&amp;show_comments=true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed allowscriptaccess="always" height="81" src="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/148215182&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;show_playcount=true&amp;show_comments=true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="100%"></embed></object><br /><br />Donald Sterling's racism and punishment were all anyone was talking about last week - so we did too! And to supplement our, shall we say, spotty familiarity with athletic endeavors, we enlisted the help of friend-to-the-show Brian Lee West.<br /><br />Brian has spoken to us before about <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/strange-fruit-top-dogunderdog-explores-black-masculinity-who-can-use-gay-slurs">his theater work</a>, but this time he joined us in his capacity as our favorite basketball superfan.<br /><br />In case you were under a rock (or completely overwhelmed by <a href="http://www.kentuckyderby.com/">a little horse race</a>), here's what happened: Donald Sterling, owner of the L.A. Clippers, <a href="http://www.tmz.com/2014/04/26/donald-sterling-clippers-owner-black-people-racist-audio-magic-johnson/">was recorded</a> telling his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/27/sports/basketball/nba-clippers-owner-donald-sterling.html?hpw&amp;rref=sports&amp;_r=0">not to post pictures of herself with black people</a> on social media, and not to bring black people to his games. Not only is this obviously racist, it's also pretty irrational; Donald Sterling's girlfriend is half African American, half Latina, and the overwhelming majority of NBA players are black. Including all but two of the players on his own team's <a href="http://www.nba.com/clippers/roster/2013">roster</a>. And their <a href="http://www.nba.com/coachfile/doc_rivers/index.html?nav=page">coach</a>. Tue, 06 May 2014 18:20:32 +0000 Laura Ellis 9292 at http://wfpl.org Strange Fruit: Donald Sterling and Racism in the NBA Kentucky Cities Measured for LGBT Equality Policies http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-cities-measured-lgbt-equality-policies <p></p><p>A new report measuring the level of equality afforded lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans shows substantial improvements in the Kentucky cities measured, said Fairness Campaign director Chris Hartman.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Human Rights Campaign on Tuesday released its second annual Municipal Equality Index, examining laws and policies that foster </span>LGBT<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> equality in nearly 300 American cities and awarded them points on a scale of 0-100.</span></p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 20:54:53 +0000 Jonathan Meador 7613 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Cities Measured for LGBT Equality Policies