Don’t you wish some prominent people’s voices would just fade into oblivion forever?
Undoubtedly, disgraced former quarterback Colin Kaepernick, virtually all of the anti-President Trump late night talk show hosts, along with directors Rob Reiner and Michael Moore, are just a few that top the list.
But Jemele Hill’s name should be nominated to that list as well. And Hill’s defense of Biden’s controversial “You ain’t black” comment will surely make your blood boil.
Jemele Hill first rose to infamy when she called President Trump a “white supremacist” and infers he likes to “surround” himself with others that share that same ideology as well. Of course, that comment was for effect and she was fully aware of the weight her words would ultimately carry.
ESPN suspended Hill for six weeks before coming back to co-host “The Six.” The ratings tanked and a couple of short months later, the show was cancelled. Hill bounced around to ESPN’s other commentary shows like “Around the Horn,” “Highly Questionable” and “Get Up” until both parties mutually agreed on a contract termination.
Now she writes for The Atlantic as a senior “culture” writer.
But while her career caved, that doesn’t mean her politics did.
Former Vice President Joe Biden recently appeared on rapper Charlamagne tha God’s radio show “Breakfast Club” to discuss the looming November election.
Biden abruptly chimed in at one point controversially saying, “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black. It’s a long way until November; we’ve got more questions.”
The former vice president actually said that on a nationally syndicated radio show as if it was some innocuous sentiment, but the reality is it was incredibly racist, and what’s worse, he wasn’t even aware that it was.
People were understandably furious with Biden’s comment but not former ESPN commentator Jemele Hill.
Hill wrote on Twitter, “Me watching white folks act outraged on behalf of black folks because Biden said “if you vote for Trump, you ain’t black” … as if these same white folks are in any position to speak about black identity or the black experience.”
Sure, and neither is Biden. He literally accused an entire race of not being that race if they didn’t vote for him. Nothing says “I understand the black experience” while actually knowing nothing about it, more than Biden’s comment.
Biden was pandering to an African American audience. Look at the very specific vernacular he chose to say this. He said “You ain’t” as if he’s mocking an African American stereotype. No point he made was nuanced; rather, it was overt pandering.
When Hill’s comments got pushback, she added, “It’s accurate because of Trump’s very clearly anti-black policies and positions. So if you’re a black person voting for Trump, you are actively choosing to vote against yourself and black people. So if you’re anti-black then that makes you … what exactly?”
African American unemployment was at an all-time low in this country before the invisible coronavirus ravaged the entire world. Hill’s “very clearly anti-black policies and positions” is emphatically false.
Hill sanitized Biden’s comments to make it excusable when it shouldn’t be. Biden’s comments were ironically anti-black. And every African American should condemn this obviously racist position.