I was going to write about all the charities to which Donald Sterling donated.
I was going to ask if the standards of the organization should stand up against the horror of the donor.
After all, UCLA gave back $3 million of Sterling’s money.
But UCLA, where Jackie Robinson went to school, has only 660 African-American male students (out of 20,000 male students), 65% of whom are scholarship athletes.
Then I was going to ask about donations from companies that peddle “evil” – tobacco, liquor, oil, etc.
But then I thought about individual donors’ morals. Not just unethical oligarchs like Henry Ford, Rupert Murdoch, John D. MacArthur, or even Sterling. What about all the philanthropists whose fortunes were built on a million broken backs? Or a few? Or one? And I thought about my experiences with morally corrupt donors.
[…] of Jeff Bezos and Amazon. There was little public outrage over that. In an old column back in my 137 Words days, I talked about the rejected philanthropy of noted get-off-my-lawn racist Donald Sterling. […]