First, let us agree that Donald Sterling is an awful human being. The subsequent paragraphs is in no way a defense of what Donald Sterling said, but rather a condemnation of the practice of attacking someone's right to say what he or she wants in the privacy of their home. It is a condemnation of the practice of silencing speech. It is a condemnation of the slippery slope we will be forced to face.
The title of this post is surely confusing to those who look at it. I promise you it will make sense, but before we get there, we need to go over a few facts. Donald Sterling has a history of racist behavior. No, it is not an exaggeration to use the word "racist." He used someone's race and ethnicity against them in rendering a judgment and acting upon it. Sterling is the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers and signed an agreement with the National Basketball Association, making their stance with regard to his punishment binding. Upon signing that agreement, he acknowledged they had the right to do what they are doing now.
The conspiracy theories (valid or no) are out there now. Was this a play to force a sale to Magic Johnson? Was it an attempt to get rid of a longtime racist in one fell swoop? Who truly knows? We can only speculate. But in as much as we can speculate on the motives behind this move to rid the league of a racist, so too can we speculate on the rationale of those who seek harsher punishment from him. Barack Obama deigned to weigh in on the subject, as he is wont to do when it distracts from other issues (now including the release of e-mails that prove his administration pushed a false narrative to insulate him from bad press). Also, there are those among the masses who cry out that the First Amendment is dead with the punishment of Sterling. If you're one of those, you're incredibly wrong.
The mistress who recorded the conversation illegally wiretapped, that much is certain. The material was gained from a private conversation and was released to the public. When this happens to Donald Sterling, it is social justice. When it happens to John Kerry, damn the man who reported that the Secretary of State used "apartheid" and "Israel" in the same sentence. The double standard is obvious, but of course it shall be underreported.
When it comes to racists, what happens in their private lives should be brought out and condemned. This is a belief held by the same group who yelled and screamed at the Right for the sodomy laws of the past (no, I am not endorsing laws to ban the practice of sodomy). Donald Sterling can be goaded into making racist statements, but a woman has a right to murder a child in the womb because Right to Privacy.
Now, some Leftist may get a hold of this post and claim that I'm comparing abortion and sodomy to racism. Let them. Anything to cover for the fact that they are dirty hypocrites when it comes to whose privacy they want to maintain.