On Tuesday, TruthRevolt Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro appeared on the Canadian Sun News show Byline with Brian Lilley to discuss the fallout of Clipper's owner Donald Sterling being banned for life after tape of him making racist comments surfaced.
Shapiro acknowledged immediately he found Sterling's racism disturbing, but he felt even more disturbed that it takes an illegally obtained tape of one man's private conversation with his girlfriend for both the NBA and Americans to shun him as a racist when public record already showed he had a blatantly racist history of discriminating against minorities in his housing practices. In other words, the NBA punished Sterling strictly for his views and not his actions.
Two things about the situation bother Shapiro: the hypocrisy of the NBA and what it means for America as a whole.
On the hypocrisy front, both Shapiro and Lilley found it equally disgusting that Spike Lee, who works for NBA radio, got "front row seats" to the press conference announcing Sterling's banishment despite his well-documented history of racism, including opposition to interracial marriage.
So what does it mean for America? To sum up Shapiro's position, it means "thought crime" has indirectly become the law of the land. Similar to the outrage of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich's forced resignation for supporting traditional marriage, Shapiro finds it utterly terrifying that people's actions matter little to Americans anymore, and if someone's private views are deemed unpopular, they can have their lives ruined.