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The Diane Rehm Show: The Personal, Social and Economic Costs of Racism

In this photo taken on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, center, and V. Stiviano, right, watch the Clippers play the Sacramento Kings during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. The NBA is investigating a report of an audio recording in which a man purported to be Sterling makes racist remarks while speaking to his Stiviano. NBA spokesman Mike Bass said in a statement Saturday, April 26, 2014, that the league is in the process of authenticating the validity of the recording posted on TMZ's website. Bass called the comments "disturbing and offensive."  - AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

In this photo taken on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, center, and V. Stiviano, right, watch the Clippers play the Sacramento Kings during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. The NBA is investigating a report of an audio recording in which a man purported to be Sterling makes racist remarks while speaking to his Stiviano. NBA spokesman Mike Bass said in a statement Saturday, April 26, 2014, that the league is in the process of authenticating the validity of the recording posted on TMZ’s website. Bass called the comments “disturbing and offensive.”

AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was caught on tape making racist remarks about African-Americans. Reaction from the NBA, players, advertisers and fans has been swift; we discuss the personal, social and economic costs of racism.

Guests

Michelle Bernard

President, the Bernard Center for Women, Politics and Public Policy; author of “Moving America Toward Justice, The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, 1963-2013.”

Christine Brennan

National sports columnist, USA Today and on-air sports contributor, ABC News; author of “Best Seat in the House: A Father, A Daughter, A Journey Through Sports”

Michael Eric Dyson

University professor of sociology, Georgetown University; MSNBC political analyst; author of 16 books including, “Debating Race with Michael Eric Dyson” and “Race Rules”

Craig Steven Wilder

Professor of American history, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; author of “Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery and the Troubled History of America’s Universities” (2014)

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