Isn't race supposed to be behind us? Hasn't America elected - twice - a black man as its president? But we all know better or at least we should. For as long as we are beholden to the proclivities of our human nature, we will be predisposed to many misgivings both by commission and omission.

And that is putting it gently.

The same holds true for the national media that views itself above the fray, but is always armed with hammers in search of nails. They found a crusty one in 80 year-old Donald Sterling, the owner of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers who told his mistress, who is a half-century younger than he and was secretly recording him, not to bring black people to Clippers games.

I doubt Sterling found her on Christiansingles.com.

Since then, the Clippers have been hemorrhaging sponsors, including CarMax, Red Bull, Corona, Loan Mart and an Indian casino. Even folks who peddle used cars, liquid speed, beer, loan sharking and gambling want no part of Sterling's franchise.

Ironic how Sterling got himself blacklisted.

Tell me again why liberals loath the free market?

Perhaps Sterling should have bought hockey's L.A. Kings instead.

Sterling gave so much money to the NAACP that in 2009, they gave him a lifetime achievement award. He was to receive his second lifetime award (?) when the tape went public, confirming cash will always trump phony moral outrage.

In a story that failed to receive one-sixteenth the coverage Sterling did is another tale of bigotry, but this one was black on black.

U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi. said Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas "doesn't like black people, he doesn't like being black." He also called Thomas an "Uncle Tom" on the "New Nation of Islam" radio program. In a bizarre twist of political correctness, the AP said the show's host replied, "You said that, I didn't." Even the New Nation of Islam wanted no role in Thompson's manifest bigotry.

Thompson isn't just a Congressional bench warmer either, but the assistant Democratic leader. Thompson said he was justified in labeling Thomas an "Uncle Tom" because he's black, too. The silence from the rest of the Democratic Party and the Congressional Black Caucus is a tacit approval of Thompson's bigotry.

This is a flawless example of big government's card-carrying race-baiting liberalism. You can be assured Democrats never leave home without it.

Thompson's trouble with Thomas is his unwavering oath to the Constitution. In Thompson's world, no black person is allowed to think independently outside liberaldom's longstanding credo where skin tone, ethnicity and gender rank first and therefore must drive all reasoning and demeanor. Moreover, don't even consider challenging or disagreeing with anything the Obama administration says or does.

This cancerous strain of group-think is what some social scientists label intellectual collectivism that, in this particular case, confines you to the Liberaldom manifesto. Provided you don't obey, you are a sellout of the first-degree, a betrayer of your race - an Uncle Tom.

Clarence Thomas' judicial acumen has always been predicated on judging ideas by the lawful content of their merit, not the color of their convenience. Thomas' long tenure on the nation's highest bench has echoed Martin Luther King's, "I Have a Dream" speech since his start.

Thompson's words were reprehensible and he should be reprimanded by the House of Representatives, but he never will be.

Such bigotry against Thomas was dismissed by the national media that thought nothing of using a recording that in Sterling's case may have been illegally acquired. Remember, the Department of Justice went after Linda Tripp for taping Monica Lewinsky on Bill Clinton.

That, too, won't happen.

Sterling is banned from the NBA for life for saying something stupid. The same can be said for Thompson, but Thompson remains in Congress with no repercussions and is practically assured re-election in November because to vote otherwise, you'd be a sellout or, in Thompson's world, provided you are black, an Uncle Tom.

I can't empathize with Sterling's views or his choice in women, but why so many have no problem deriding a man for something he said in private is disconcerting. Like it or not, no one is immune to devious behavior for if they were, let them be the first to hit the record button.

Sterling reportedly bought the Clippers for $12.5 million in 1981 and to teach him a lesson, the NBA will force him to sell the franchise for more than $700 million.

Some lessons just can't be learned or taught.

(Greg Maresca, a freelance writer, composes "Talking Points" for each Sunday edition.)