Unless you’ve been hidin’ under a rock for the past several days with sunglasses on and ear plugs in you’ve seen and heard where ESPN’s Jemele Hill went to Twitter and called the President of the United States Donald J. Trump a “White Supremacist.” Obviously there’s been a wave of criticism towards her and also towards ESPN for apologizin’ for her. The White House even jumped out of the birthday cake callin’ for her job etc.
I’ve been on several radio shows doin’ my thing like I always do, and boyz have asked me what I thought of the situation. So I’ve kept it 100 with my thoughts.
In my usual Jay Graves voice, let’s keep it real or all the way 100, whichever comes 1st! Jemele’s got a larger responsibility than just speakin’ her mind bruh. She’s one of the few of us that gets the opportunity to educate mainstream society on who and what we are and how we see the society in which we live. Therefore, she has to be conscious of that responsibility at all times. Regardless of how you feel about the person occupyin’ the Office of the President you’ve got to still respect the Office of the President.
It’s no different than duns callin’ Barack Obama names etc. He’s the president and you can’t just go at a boy raw even when you feel like it.
I believe that you can disagree with Donald Trump without jumpin’ all the way out of the birthday cake and callin’ him a White Supremacist. I believe that you can respectfully say that you completely disagree with the way he’s handled this or that situation etc. You can always express your thoughts but there are certain things that you can’t say, especially in an open forum. That’s just real talk. Why? Because he’s still the President and you’re still workin’ for a major corporation.
Most importantly, it’s not like Jemele isn’t replaceable like a professional athlete or someone like that. Remember when Kanye West told the world that George Bush didn’t like black people durin’ the Katrina debacle? Well…Kanye wasn’t replaceable bruh because he’s a once in a lifetime talent that makes a livin’ sellin music. You can’t remove him or even threaten to remove him because there are very few duns alive that can do what he does. There are thousands of sports journalists out here chompin’ at the bit for the opportunity bruh.
However, when Frank Williams Jr. jumped out of the birthday cake and compared President Obama to Hitler he lost his gig on Monday Night Football. We were ready for some football but not ready for those types of comments about the President. It’s just not worth the risk with all that’s on the table to lose. And we need Jemele out here because her voice is needed.
Jemele has made major moves at ESPN over the past few years and she represents the voice of most black folks on a number of issues. We need someone talkin’ sports at that level just so the world can many times hear us.
Let’s keep it real, 92 percent of all sports journalist are white and don’t think like we do, nor do they represent our views on racial or social issues. Why? Because they don’t see the world through the same lens that we see it through. They don’t have the same experiences in this country that we’ve had. So when we both, black and white folks, show up to the car accident we always see it from different perspectives and that’s good.
The reason why it’s good is because it forces people to think outside of their comfort zones. Why do you think God allowed John, Mark and Luke to write about the same thing in the New Testament? They all wrote about the Crucifixion. Why? Because they all saw it from different perspectives.
The very reason that I started TheJayGravesReport was because there wasn’t anyone in the media actin’ like they understood the world that Michael Vick came from when he got caught up in the dog fightin’ scandal. In my opinion, at the time, there wasn’t anyone explainin’ to folks how normal that was regardless of how wrong it is just like cock fightin’ among southern whites. We needed more voices. So therefore, you have TheJayGravesReport!
Havin’ journalists that are able to talk about sports from different backgrounds and cultures allows us to appreciate what’s really goin’ on out here. It allows all of us to gain more knowledge of how others think and feel about what’s goin’ on in the world. Most importantly, havin’ a black journalist talk about the experiences of black folks to a larger audience helps to educate folks on topics that they wouldn’t necessarily care about because they seemingly have no effect on them.
If all we had were white journalists talkin’ about Colin Kaepernick’s protest no one would learn a thing about why he was actually kneelin’ in the first place. Why? Because as a white person you aren’t experiencin’ the same police brutality, racial and social injustice.
I say all of that to say this, this thing is bigger than Jemele bruh! We need journalists like her that see the world differently than her white counterparts. However, throwin’ all of her cards on the table like that doesn’t move the needle in a positive direction at all and it sure doesn’t expand our voice the opportunity to speak becomes muted. Stop me when I start lyin’!
1) Dun: noun – the person in question, dude, guy, etc. It’s whoever I’m talkin’ about and its non-gender specific.
The G is excluded from the endings of all words because the G is near and dear to my heart because I’m from “The G” which is Gary, Indiana. So I only use the G when I’m talkin’ about “The G!”
The caption under the photo is real talk today!