ESPN made a bold statement by denouncing Jemele Hill’s opinion on Donald Trump. During a Twitter argument with several Trump supporters, ESPN’s Hill stated the obvious about the current president.
“Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself with other white supremacists,” Hill tweeted. “He has surrounded himself with white supremacists. He is unqualified and unfit to be president. He is not a leader. And if he were not what, he never would have been elected.”
Hill’s views on Trump are accurate. Trump’s entire election was predicated on White supremacy. He started his run to the White House with the racist idea of Birtherism. His false claims against President Barack Obama was a racist and dangerous. Trump couldn’t fathom the reality of a Black man being smart and qualified enough to reach the highest office in the land. He also claimed that Obama was Muslim who may have had close ties to ISIS. Those racist ideas gave White supremacists hope and a leader. Trump also embraced known White supremacists such as Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller by giving them jobs in the White House. Trump threatened to revoke federal funding from the University of California because they canceled an appearance by White supremacist Milo Yiannopoulos. He has also received support from former KKK leader and racist, David Duke.
And Trump’s failure to denounce White supremacists after the death of a woman in Charlottesville, Virginia was appalling and proved to the nation and world that he was unfit to be the leader of the United States.
However, ESPN blasted Hill’s views by writing, “The comments on Twitter from Jemele Hill regarding the President do not represent the position of ESPN. We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate.”
ESPN basically sided with White supremacy by denouncing Hill. White supremacy is deeper than a bunch of racists thugs causing violence. White supremacy can be manifested by the simple gesture of ignoring the reality of White supremacy when it is obvious. What ESPN did was dangerous and abusive. When a national outlet is allowed to publicly denounce the truth, it helps the evilness of racism to spread and become stronger.
ESPN will only recognize its faults if other Black talents such as Stephen A. Smith, Michael Smith, Herm Edwards, and Stan Verrett stand up for Hill in some form or fashion. Otherwise, they will compromise their right to voice the truth when it comes to race in America.