"What bothers me about this whole Donald Sterling affair isn't just his racism," he wrote on Time magazine's website. "I'm bothered that everyone acts as if it's a huge surprise."
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He said: "More whites believe in ghosts than they do in racism," he said, during a Sunday appearance on "This Week" on ABC.
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