MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry drew parallels between the NBA and slavery on the Saturday episode of her eponymous show. She teased a segment on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban by saying “you can’t really talk about reparations and ignore the modern day wealthy Americans who own teams made up predominantly of black men and profit from their bodies and labor.”
Harris-Perry’s segment on the NBA involved an update on the latest move to transfer ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers and video clips of Mark Cuban’s comments regarding racial prejudice. Harris-Perry then issued a summary of the two stories: “Wealthy owners, check. Profit made from the sale of black bodies, check. Racial angst, check.” Harris-Perry then teased a continuation of the show’s discussion of reparations for slavery.
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