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Remember that NAACP Award for Sterling? It's Now Mayor Garcetti's

Garcetti will be honored as "person of the year" together with Rev. Al Sharpton at tonight's gala, which celebrates the Los Angeles chapter's centennial.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Patch file photo.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Patch file photo.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti today will receive a "person of the year" award from a group that had also been set to honor embattled Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

Sterling, who was recorded during a phone conversation making derogatory remarks about blacks, was to receive a lifetime achievement award this year from the Los Angeles chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The organization nixed the plan after the recording of Sterling surfaced last month.

Sterling's racist remarks drew widespread condemnation, including from Garcetti, and got him banned for life from the NBA.

The NAACP chapter's president Leon Jenkins resigned amid criticism that the group had not only intended to recognize Sterling at today's banquet, but had already given him an award much like it in 2009. The group has rescinded the earlier award as well, and the national NAACP has said it is now creating awardee selection guidelines to be used by chapters.

Sterling has given the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP at least $45,000 since 2007 through his foundations, according to the New York Times.

Garcetti will be honored as "person of the year" together with Rev. Al Sharpton at tonight's gala, which celebrates the Los Angeles chapter's centennial.

Retired attorney Charles Patton will receive a lifetime achievement award, according to the chapter's website. Other honorees listed include FedEx executive Shannon Brown and Javier Angulo, director of community affairs at Walmart.

--City News Service


jim May 16, 2014 at 12:41 PM
Well Mayor Garcetti I'm not really sure congratulation is in order. After all are your being chosen as #2. I'm not sure what you've done to deserve this but so be it. I understand what pandering for votes are, but do realize that you are excepting an award as "Man of the Year" at the same time you are going to be on the same stage as one of "Americans Most Racist Person" The Rev. (and I use that term very loosely) Al Sharpton. Pretty much black & white know this for a fact. He spouts hatred every where he goes. Period. What Mr.' Sterling remarked was terrible to say the least. But who of us have not said a racial statement in the privacy of their own home? Not many I would venture to say. And especially being in a heated argument with the BIMBO that was taping it all along (not the first time) just waiting to pounce on the pray for money $$$ from TMZ for herself. And uses 4 alliances ! not first time she's pulled this which will come to light soon. You see Mayor we all have falling short in this area black ,white, yellow and brown . I'm not saying it was right or wrong but when it's done pretty much by all? Like "Magic" said" maybe pray for him" but don't throw stones! Anyway you have fun and maybe this comment will give you something to ponder tonight. I would asked for you to say "Hello" .to one of American Most Raciest People Rev. (lol) Al Sharpton. but don't waste your time. sincerely Jim Cooper Studio City/ Palm Springs. Ca.
The Beast ! May 19, 2014 at 05:29 PM
Nicely said Jim, a real upstanding person with good morals, values and ethics would never stand side by side with that prejudice pig al Sharpton. Personally Don Sterling violated no laws yet he is suffer punitively from illegally tape recorded conversations.
NelaResident May 16, 2014 at 02:27 PM
One corrupt organization giving an award to one corrupt individual instead of another....breaking news!!!!!! Yawwwwwnnnnnnn........
jim May 17, 2014 at 12:01 AM
They are that!

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