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Yes, Brendan Eich Is Like Donald Sterling (He’s Even Scarier) – The Daily Beast

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The first political op-ed that put me on the map, talking about the hypocrisy of people who condemned Donald Sterling but absolved Brendan Eich just because Eich cut a more sympathetic figure.

We’ve heard a lot recently about what constitutes “going too far” when it comes to holding people accountable for their offensive beliefs—a lot of stuff about “freedom of speech,” a lot of stuff about “tolerance,” a lot of stuff about “political correctness run amok.”

Predictably relatively little of this has been said about Donald Sterling, of the Los Angeles Clippers. Sterling bears the dubious honor of being The Bigot Everyone Can Agree On; the very few, halfhearted defenses of Sterling out there, like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s, are mainly asking whether our unseemly joy over finding someone we can all hate together serves as a dangerous distraction from problems with racism that’s more subtle than a crazy old white dude outright telling his mistress not to “associate with black people.”

Coming hot on the heels of another high-profile instance of a bigot being called out on bigotry, Sterling’s situation has prompted a lot of soul-searching from people who stepped up to defend Brendan Eich and lots of long-winded columns carefully explaining why defending Sterling is not at all like defending Eich.

(Read the entire article at The Daily Beast)