With this [incident], though, we get this incredible view into the priorities and the morality of the wealthy. Donald Sterling harms the brand and all of a sudden everybody is up [in] arms about racism, yet Donald Sterling's racism for decades, not the least of which are his actions as a slumlord, were ignored by the NBA. That tells us something. And frankly, it also tells us something that the voice of the players in this has been [former NBA player] Kevin Johnson, mayor of Sacramento, who is anti-union and, like Donald Sterling, he has owned slums and profited from slums and been fined for his ownership of slums, and he has a record as a sexual harasser. That never seemed to upset the NBA at all. So it speaks to the bizarre place where we are in U.S. history, which is, as [author, litigator, and activist] Michelle Alexander puts it, an era of the new Jim Crow in an age of color-blindness. You can profit off of racism, you can sit at the top of the pyramid that benefits from institutionalized racism, and yet heaven forbid that you're caught on tape making a racist comment. I think this a moment that people in the future will look back on and see us, frankly, at a crossroads. And I'm not sure which direction we're going to take, but it does seem likes there's a profound contradiction between the practices of this country and what is shocking for people to say out loud.