Lesson Plan

Responses to Bias: Donald Sterling of the L.A. Clippers

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GRADE LEVEL: Middle School, High School

COMMON CORE STANDARDS: Reading, Speaking and Listening

Donald Sterling is the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, a National Basketball Association (N.B.A.) team in Los Angeles, California. Recently, TMZ Sports obtained an audio recording of Sterling’s comments (viewed as racist) about black people that were made during an argument with a woman named V. Stiviano. There has been a great deal of response and reaction about these comments from fans, players and other people connected to the NBA and the news media.

In this lesson, students will have an opportunity to learn more about Donald Sterling’s statements, discuss what they would do in certain stakeholder roles and explore the different responses so far.