The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has accepted multiple grants over a period of several years from Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. The NAACP has publicly defended Sterling even after some in the African-American community complained about his alleged racism.
Recently, though, Sterling’s racist remarks about black people were published by TMZ. Sterling has personally awarded Leon Jenkins, president of the NAACP’s Los Angeles chapter, with multiple grants through his Donald T. Sterling Charitable Foundation and gained protection from Sterling in the press.
The LA chapter of NAACP was financially supported by Sterling’s foundation, records reveal. Just four months ago, Jenkins received a grant from Sterling’s foundation at the 2013 Donald T. Sterling Charitable Foundation Gala. Jenkins also accepted a grant from Sterling’s foundation in 2010 at Sterling’s foundation’s charity summit at the Sterling World Plaza. The Los Angeles NAACP was listed as one of the 25 charities supported by Sterling in promotional material for the event.
The NAACP has announced they will not be presenting Sterling with the 2014 lifetime achievement award it planned to give him at an event. “If these allegations are proven true, we are extremely disappointed in Mr. Sterling,” said a spokesman for the NAACP California State Conference.