May 4, 2014
A reader made a clever suggestion in the comments a few days ago that maybe what Donald T. Sterling was talking to V. Stiviano about in the taped excerpts was how his compensated companion shouldn't post Instagram photos of her being with black men because it makes the two of them look bad to a constituency that Sterling cares very much about: Los Angeles's Koreans.
Sterling had to pay a fine to the feds for naming his Koreatown properties with the word "Korean" in them to let blacks and Mexicans know they aren't welcome there. In one lawsuit, an employee testified that Sterling had said, "I like Korean employees and I like Korean tenants." Sportswriter Bill Simmons, a long-time Clippers season ticket holder, wrote in 2009 that from watching whom Sterling brings to games as courtside companions, one thing he knows about Sterling is that he "loves Koreans."
As the commenter pointed out, Stiviano started out as Maria Perez in the barrio in San Antonio (the Daily Mail has the details and a high school yearbook photo). Other Mexicans gave her trouble for being part black African. She moved to L.A. and started getting plastic surgery and maybe skin bleaching treatment. By now, after multiple name changes (the latest consensus seems to be she's age 31), she looks like a cross between a Subic Bay bar girl and a cat.
From the Korean point of view, a rich old man having a young mistress is unexceptionable. If the woman by Sterling's side looks vaguely Asian, maybe a Filipino, that's maybe a plus. That she seems to get around on the side is a little embarrassing for him, but Koreans don't have a full-blown harem culture. But if his kept woman is flaunting herself on social media with famous black swordsmen like Magic Johnson and Matt Kemp, well that's beyond the pale. In Koreatown, anything black brings back memories of the black pogrom against Korean shopkeepers and the subsequent Korean v. black firefights during the Rodney King riots. And her taste in men might also lend credence to those rumors that Sterling's mistress is part-black herself, which, from the Korean point-of-view, reflects very badly on the big man.
So, maybe this story is less about the ancient prejudices of the Bad Old Days of Southern Plantations and more about the new prejudices of America's Diverse Future being test-driven in Los Angeles?
By Steve Sailer on 5/04/2014