The NBA appears to be moving ahead with the process forcing Donald Sterling to sell the Los Angeles Clippers for admitted racist remarks.  

At the same time, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson is talking sports and racism on a national stage.

Mayor Johnson says America has a history of allowing sports to advance civil rights.

"You think about some of our great leaders in Jackie Robinson and Arthur Ash -- we have a history of letting sports transcend," he said. 

Johnson also saying Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press the Kings owners have made it clear the NBA will not be a racist institution.

"Vivek Ranadive immediately said 'zero tolerance,'" Johnson said. 

Johnson also says there's a long way to go before racism is eliminated.

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