Donald Sterling’s racist remarks that resulted in a lifetime ban from the National Basketball Association Tuesday point out why affirmative action is needed, Rev. Jesse Jackson said Tuesday.
Appearing at the Milken Institute’s Global Conference in Beverly Hills, Calif., Jackson pointed out the Sterling incident comes on the heels of a Nevada rancher who found trouble over similarly racist remarks, and the Supreme Court’s recent ruling upholding a ban on Affirmative Action in Michigan.
“Sterling shows why we need affirmative action,” Jackson said in an interview with MarketWatch. “People in high places have no will toward goodness unless the law is there to enforce it.”
Jackson said it’s time for Sterling, who he said has a long history of racism, to pull away from the team.
“He should apologize, he should resign and he should sell the team,” Jackson said. “We have a high tolerance for racism. His past is very well known. It took this over-the-hill statement … to get to this point.”