Jemele Hill vs. Capitol Hill: Sports, politics, and racism making America hate again

by Angela Davis|@ladyadavis |@jerseygirlsport I've been watching this situation with ESPN veteran sports analyst Jemele Hill play out for the past few days. She posted on Twitter comments about the current President that have caused a visceral reaction, both against and in support of her. Here's what she tweeted:

Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.8,250 Replies 

The height of white privilege is being able to ✌🏾ignore✌🏾his white supremacy, because it's of no threat to you. Well, it's a threat to me. 

Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period. 1,582 Replies 7,213 Retweets 19,737 likes

He is unqualified and unfit to be president. He is not a leader. And if he were not white, he never would have been elected 

I've been watching reports and reading comments on social media: both the disgusting racists comments, and those of support. I needed to digest this situation, and then comments were made about her at the White House. In the pressroom spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Hill should be fired by ESPN because of her comments.
That is one of the more outrageous comments that anyone could make and certainly something that is a fireable offense by ESPN.”
WTH? Is she serious? Of course she is! She is not about freedom of the press or freedom of speech for that matter. She is simply there to uphold the alternative facts and rampant bullying of a political figure head who's not as smart as a fifth-grader, whose overblown self-righteousness gives way to an ego that is as fragile as fine china, and an overgrown child who is a clown-like simpleton with the unfortunate title of 'President'. Let's be clear. '45' can't stay off Twitter. Between his golfing trips and vacations, he's on Twitter and through his misspelled words and alternative facts he always finds time to berate and belittle others. I guess now I should be fired too, huh? Well, in this country we have freedom of speech, and for all those calling for Hill to be fired for saying mean things about the President, they should also call for the firing of most of the "reporters" on FOX News for the things they said about President Obama the past 8 years. Where were all these people then? Where was the call for 'righteousness' then? Oh yeah. That's right. Then it was about free speech. The truth is that racism is so intertwined in the fabric of this country that there isn't a area of our lives that it doesn't touch. It continues to slap us in the face. '45' had to be pushed into a response to the racists march in Charlottesville,VA. His staff members were and are known for their open affiliations to white supremacists and alt-right groups and their ideologies. He was surrounded by and welcomed white supremacists, the alt-right and KKK members during his campaign, and he encouraged their hatred and violence.  The White House calling for Hill to be fired is yet another example of the blatant and sickening white privilege she tweeted about. Let's keep it real. Racism is alive and well in this country. It occupies the highest position in this country, and has been around since this country started. Hill's tweet is offensive because it's the truth. Her tweets weren't outrageous, they called out what even 45 supporters know and what many who voted for him are slowly coming to understand.
Sports Illustrated's Charles P. Pierce said it best: Writers think. Writers write. And, in 2017, that means that they share their thoughts in writing with the world in what has come to be the equivalent in cyberspace of the old town square. To threaten someone’s employment for something they wrote in their personal time just because it drew you some angry phone calls is not a labor strategy. It’s extortion. So, in conclusion, and in the spirit of an earlier Boston alternative journalist named William Lloyd Garrison, who told a sleeping country, “I am in earnest—I will not equivocate—I will not excuse—I will not retreat a single inch—and I will be heard.” So, in that spirit, let me say the following: Jemele Hill is a tribute to the people who raised her and an ornament of great value to her profession. The President of the United States is a white supremacist and a racist, just like his odious father was before him. Go ahead, Sarah. Tell them to fire me.
Even if you don't like what Jemele Hill said, if you weren't this adamant about the firing of people during President Obama's terms, then you have to respect it. In fact, your silence then made way for it. Jersey Girl Sports fam, we can no longer be silent about things that matter. Sports is important. Sports matter, but the people who play them matter more, and as long as we fly flags and sing the national anthem at games, we are obligated to ensure and demand the freedom represented by that flag is upheld and maintained. God bless America.

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