Black ESPN Reporter: Worst Racism I’ve Received Comes From Black People
Respectful disagreement doesn’t seem achievable when Leftists are involved. Can black community leaders help change this?
Focusing on divisions within the black community, biracial ESPN anchor Sage Steele accused black people of committing the “worst racism” she’s ever experienced.
Sage Steele: Black on Black Hate
Blacks need to check their own behavior at the door before talking about whites.
Christian sports figures including NFL tight end Benjamin Watson and former NFL Coach Tony Dungy joined Steele at the Under Our Skin forum in Florida last week. They discussed “the intersection of race and faith in America today.”
Confronting hypocrisy, Steele asked blacks to scrutinize their own behavior first.
“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.”
“The worst racism that I have received [as a biracial woman married to white man], 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,” the anchor explained. “But even as recently as the last couple of weeks ago, 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?”
In January, Steele was racially cyberbullied for calling out anti-Trump airport protesters. Professional agitators objecting to the president’s travel restrictions, delayed the flights of immigrants they claimed to support. The black bullies online mocked Steele as “a faux black woman.”
The 44-year old anchor asked the audience:
“How do we [as Christians] address this honestly with each other and our communities? Because to me, if we don’t start with ourselves in any issue, how can we point our fingers at somebody else?”
Parenting, Not Protest
Watson, a staunch pro-life advocate, encouraged parents to fight to be the standard-bearers for their children:
“We have to start with ourselves and our families. We have got to teach our kids that there is a way you treat people. It doesn’t matter if they’re black, white, rich, poor, educated, uneducated. There is a certain level [of respect] because that is what we do, because that is what Christ says we should do.”
Echoing this sentiment, Dungy reminded parents of the Golden Rule:
“We can’t expect everybody else play by certain rules and we don’t. We can’t expect to treat people wrongly and not expect people to treat us wrongly. I think it’s got to start with us in our families and spread out.”
Expressing frustration over real or perceived injustices must be done respectfully. That’s the message these sports personalities sent to the forum. Objecting without violence is the key to an open dialogue between the races. America’s racially-motivated open wounds won’t heal without mutual respect. And accountability within the black community over illegal behavior that often times stomps on the free speech of others is a good start towards that goal.