ESPN anchor Sage Steele recently spoke at a forum on race, faith and sports, and her comments on racism in America didn’t exactly fit the narrative of liberals or the mainstream media.
Steele, who is biracial and married to a white man, explained that the worst racism she had experienced had come from other black people, and she encouraged the black community to look within itself before blaming others for racist words or behavior.
“There are times that I believe that we, as African-Americans, can be hypocritical,” she said, according to The Daily Wire. “(W)e are saying certain things and blaming other groups for one thing when we are doing the exact same thing.”
Speaking from her personal experience, Steele noted that the “worst racism” she had experienced had been from others in the black community.
Steele said she had thought that black people would “be the most accepting” of her and her interracial relationship because of their own experiences with racism.
“But even as recent as the last couple of weeks, the words that I have had thrown at me I can’t repeat here and it’s 99 percent from people with my skin color,” Steele said.
The anchor was referring to an incident when she complained about protesters who, in their demonstrations against President Donald Trump’s travel ban on immigrants from certain high-risk countries, delayed flights and prevented travel for Steele and others, including the immigrants for whom they claimed to be protesting.
So THIS is why thousands of us dragged luggage nearly 2 miles to get to LAX, but still missed our flights. Fortunately, a 7 hour wait for the next flight to Houston won't affect me that much, but my heart sank for the elderly and parents with small children who did their best to walk all that way but had no chance of making their flights. I love witnessing people exercise their right to protest! But it saddened me to see the joy on their faces knowing that they were successful in disrupting so many people's travel plans. Yes, immigrants were affected by this as well. Brilliant. 🇺🇸
In response, many in the black community attacked her personally on social media, and even went so far as to question her racial identity.
Sage Steele is impulsive & lack critical thought. She will be traded during the next racial draft. pic.twitter.com/WC7GT3SNA9
— soulonice13 (@soulonice13) January 30, 2017
“But if a white person said those words to me, what would happen?” Steele wondered aloud at the conference.
Unfortunately, as most of us have learned, when it comes to being accountable for racist words or behavior, white people — particularly those with conservative political beliefs — have often been subjected to most of the blame.
What’s worse was that Steele’s comments were largely ignored by the mainstream media, which likely weren’t interested in reporting on claims of racism that didn’t involve a white Republican.
The truth is that racism, in any form and by any person or institution, is wrong and should be condemned. But in order for that condemnation to be effective, it must happen when any person — white, black, Hispanic, Asian or otherwise — says or does something racist.
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