Editor’s note: This article was originally posted on our sports website and has been republished here.
ESPN ignited a controversy this past week with it’s handling of a situation involving Jemele Hill, a black woman who co-anchors the SportsCenter desk (The Six for it’s 6 pm slot) for the company along with Michael Smith, a black man. Ordinarily these definers might seem strange but we live in strange times. They are important because racism still exists and is bolstered by our current political climate.
Hill drew the ire of many folks, seemingly including her employer ESPN, with a series of tweets about our current President, Donald J. Trump. Not only do I invite you to read these tweets I beg you to read the entire threads because within these threads lie our collective truth.
Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.
“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.”
― William Faulkner
We live in crazy times and there is not nearly enough time in a one hour podcast to touch upon it all. So let’s focus on what matters first. White supremacists run the White House and they are trying to tell you that protest against their unconstitutional and illegal actions is bad. DO. NOT. LISTEN. PROTEST. IS. AS. AMERICAN. AS. IT. GETS.
I repeat protest is as American as apple pie and this nation was founded upon it. In light of today’s climate, let’s revisit one of our nation’s most famous protests shall we? #NeverForget
On May 4, 1970 four young Kent State students were killed when the Ohio National Guard fired at unarmed protesters during an anti-war protest against our involvement in Vietnam. This event is referred to in our history books as the Kent State Massacre. The Kent State protest, one of the largest in our country, is widely credited with putting an end to the Vietnam War and ultimately helped seal the end Richard Nixon’s presidency. Watergate did quite a bit to help too of course.
Protest isn’t inherently violent and far too often they end up that way because of those who object to the message of the protest. Police brutality versus civil rights activists has been well documented and if you aren’t familiar you should read up on it. Suppression of the people by any means necessary goes hand in hand with authoritarianism. We must never cede our right as citizens and watch dogs of federal overreach to protest against injustice.
Happy Friday! Thanks to Justin Twell (@JustinTwell78) for the segment we did for Wednesday’s show with Week 3 picks, Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers and more. Be sure to check out Inside The Pylon and read his great work there. You can find my own work there too including my latest DFS Diary.
In today’s show we asked whether we will let Cam Newton live already? Newton is a grown man who should be allowed to determine what’s best for him and his family. Not everyone wants to protest or be an advocate and that is okay.
Guys, Cam Newton doesnt need to think like you or express himself like you to be black. We dont all share one brain. Lets seek &pursue peace
We all come to enlightenment in our own way and in our own space. Colin Kaepernick, who jump started this valuable conversation in our country, came to his own personal advocacy in his own time. Not everyone changes the world in a big way. Sometimes, its the small steps that make all the difference.
We can all be better friends, better neighbors, and better co-workers. In our own interpersonal communications we can change a life and maybe, just maybe, change our own little worlds. They say all politics is local and change most frequently occurs in small minute levels.