Pulp Fiction (movie)

Donald Sterling, tarnished [Commentary]

Donald Sterling, tarnished [Commentary]

Late in Quentin Tarantino's 1994 film "Pulp Fiction," Marsellus Wallace — a criminal boss played by Ving Rhames — banishes prizefighter Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) from Southern California, telling him "You lost all your L.A. privileges."

If only it were that easy to kick Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling out of L.A. There is simply no person, institution or network in today's Los Angeles with the clout to force powerful Angelenos to repent their sins — much less drive them out of town. And now, with his bigotry a national news event, Mr. Sterling has become an outrageous example of the inability of L.A. to police itself and its elite.

The racism...