Speaking at a panel discussion in Florida, biracial ESPN anchor Sage Steele created controversy when she said that the “worst racism” she had ever received was “from black people,” according to The Daily Wire.
Steele, a SportsCenter anchor, was appearing this week at a conference on race at The Crossing Church in Tampa, along with Super Bowl-winning former NFL coach Tony Dungy and former NFL star Benjamin Watson. She said her experience as being biracial, as well as being married to a white man, had opened her up to bigotry from the black community.
“There are times that I believe that we, as African-Americans, can be hypocritical, and that is to not look ourselves in the mirror when we are saying certain things and blaming other groups for one thing when we are doing the exact same thing,” Steele said.
“The worst racism that I have received, and I mean thousands and thousands over the years, is from black people, who in my mind thought would be the most accepting because there has been that experience,” said Steele, 44.
“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. But if a white person said those words to me, what would happen?”
It didn’t take long for liberals to go after the ESPN anchor in no uncertain terms. The Root, a black-centric opinion site founded by Gawker, ran an article condescendingly titled “Sage Steele Keeps Sage Steele-ing; Claims Worst Racism She’s Received Is From Blacks.” In it, the author went after Steele not only for her comments but for not being supportive of the Black Lives Matter movement and anti-Trump protests.
“Look, I’m under no illusion that Steele hasn’t received a strong side eye from segments of black America, but I really wish she’d stop acting as if she didn’t know where it’s coming from,” the author wrote.
Translation: Yes, you’re getting a lot of racism directed at you, but you had it coming. As apologetics for bigotry go, that’s not exactly the strongest example I’ve ever seen.
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
The black delegation would like to trade Sage Steele for Michael Moore and a bag of peanut M&M’s.
— D. (@desto22) January 30, 2017
That’s hardly the only screed out there attacking Steele for having an opinion about the racism directed at her (as you can see from the tweets above) and it’s clear that many would rather see her not have a voice in the media.
However, it’s a brave stand for the rarely reported fact that racial hatred in America doesn’t just go one way. And considering how ESPN has treated other big-name personalities who didn’t toe the liberal line, Steele might have been putting her job on the line to do it.
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