Bill Maher succinctly captured my anti-outrage sentiment over the indescribably shocking! Don Sterling affair--"Calm Down, Being an Asshole Is Still Legal"--but Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said it better without the modern commentary restraints of 140 characters or less:
Make no mistake: Donald Sterling is the villain of this story. But he’s just a handmaiden to the bigger evil. In our quest for social justice, we shouldn’t lose sight that racism is the true enemy. He’s just another jerk with more money than brains.
For all of American plutocrats' hand-wringing over the poor's and the middle-class's deplorable sense of entitlement, it's the Sterlings of this world who are most imbued with the unshakable conviction that everyone else owes them something--and whatever they get, it's never enough. Sterling cluelessly ruminated on "who makes the game" of basketball and unsurprisingly concluded that, well, of course, he does--in fact he "support[s the players] and give[s] them food, and clothes, and cars, and houses."
Abdul-Jabbar calls this IPMS (Irritable Plantation Master Syndrome), which in Sterling's case is all too true. But, adding to Abdul-Jabbar's commentary, let's remember the extent to which IPMS broadly permeates corporate America: Its CEOs have convinced themselves they're worth 500 times more than their average black or brown or white employees, who must gallantly keep their needs in check for the greater and more deserving glory of the beneficent, indulgent fat cats at the top.
Sterling's remarks were framed racially. At their root, though, they were class-based. Irritable plantation masters see themselves as unfairly burdened by the whinings of pretty much everyone--all the field hands who have made them so filthy rich.