Apparently, the time has come for black athletes to leave white colleges. At least according to Jemele Hill, formerly of ESPN.
Hill now writes for The Atlantic, and her first article suggests black people jump back to 1950 and separate themselves from the white folks.
Of course, if a white person wrote this article, and suggested white people keep their colleges white, it would certainly be all Donald Trump’s fault. But I digress.
Hill’s reasoning states black athletes clearly attract money and attention to “predominately white universities that showcase them,” while Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) suffer.
As Fox News explains:
She writes that mostly white schools’ multi-billion-dollar revenues have been built on the “exertions of (uncompensated) black athletes,” claiming that an elite black athlete attending an HBCU raises awareness of the institution, whose endowments combined are less than a tenth of Harvard’s.
Further, [Hill] writes that HBCUs have graduated a significant number of black professionals, a thriving HBCU lifts up the community around it and finally, that some black students “feel safer, both physically and emotionally,” at an HBCU – “all the more so as racial tensions have risen in recent years.”
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 5, 2019
Unfortunately for Hill, not everyone is drinking the Kool-aid. At least, not today.
It seems Hill didn’t think this argument all the way through. Instead of building black people up, she prefers to usher in the return of racism- specifically through segregation.
Honestly, I don’t think Hill expected people to see right through her plot so easily. However, the tweeters caught on pretty quick.
Yes, this was Martin Luther King’s dream….the re segregation of the races.
Oh no wait, I’m sorry. You confused me for a second. MLK’s dream was a color blind society.
It’s Progressives who want identity politics to rule people’s entire lives.
And they are wrong about this.
— Brian Cates (@drawandstrike) September 5, 2019
“We the people “ https://t.co/f91vZG5Oub the Goal. Control is the game.
— Mxamus (@Mxamus) September 5, 2019
Hell yeah…. segregation worked out so well for black ppl in the past
— Bob Malak (@bob_malak) September 5, 2019
Right out of the gate with the hot garbage, I see.
— pneumataster (@neontaster) September 5, 2019
Segregation and prohibition…. you guys are bringing back your greatest hits.
— EducatëdHillbilly™ (@RobProvince) September 5, 2019
Cant you make the same argument about shopping at black owned business or only spending when blacks benefited? Is it fair to put this on black athletes that may have a chance to change their lives by going to a “white” school? Why did you work at ESPN and not BET? Opportunity?
— Scott Lomu (@JungleGoldScott) September 5, 2019
I am a higher ed administrator & I know first-hand about HBCUs & the issues they face. I will simply say that recruiting top athletes is not a cure for what ails them & vice versa. Black athletes should not have to go to any college & endure indentured servitude via the NCAA.
— MsHesterPrynne (@PrynneMs) September 5, 2019
i totally agree—the 4 star recruit who’s lived in poverty his whole life and worked his hands to the bone to get scholarship offers should enroll at Howard instead of Florida and sacrifice a chance at accumulating generational wealth for his family. you’re really smart
— jack (@cizikas_elite) September 5, 2019
#HonestQuestion: As a white man, am I allowed to read this article?
— Reince #Hawaiian Niebuhr (@ReinceNiebuhr) September 6, 2019
Separate But Equal
I'm sure Joe Biden is beside himself with joy. Apparently, Separate but Equal is back in style. In fact, any day now, he will revisit the whole "busing" issue. Obviously, the democrats never really got rid of segregation completely, they just pretended to embrace Civil Rights.
Now, the return to segregation is entirely possible. I'm sure any day now, Making Segregation Great Again will be a trending hashtag on Twitter and Instagram.
Until then, I'll just pretend I expect some liberals to show up and denounce Hill as a bona fide racist. And while I'm waiting, maybe I should ask a few questions.
For example, why would anyone leave a lucrative position with ESPN to write for The Atlantic?
Turns out, she was sort of fired.
According to the Hollywood Reporter,
...[Hill] found herself in a firestorm that resulted in White House press secretary Sarah Sanders calling for her to be fired after Hill had tweeted that “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself with other white supremacists.” Then she subsequently added yet another tweet for good measure: “Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. He is a direct result of white supremacy. Period.”
Then came an October 10, 2017 tweet from the President himself: “With Jemele Hill at the mike, it is no wonder ESPN ratings have tanked, in fact, tanked so badly it is the talk of the industry.”
I get it now. We're not dealing with a journalist. We're dealing with a woman scorned by Donald Trump. Now, it all makes perfect sense.