The year’s almost up and it feels like we’ve kicked out tons of people from the black club.
There’s been Cam Newton, A$AP Rocky, Lil Wayne, Trick Daddy— and now Sage Steele. The ESPN news anchor has said some sketchy things in the past in regards to politics and her bi-racial background, but she made her stance clear last week in a series of social media posts.
The issue came about when Steele commented on Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ wide receiver Mike Evans decision to kneel at the start of the National Anthem, in protest Donald Trump’s election. Like his contemporaries, he practiced his civil right to show disagreement with the choice of America’s electoral college vote.
But Steele wasn’t here for it, and decided to post her opinion on Twitter. “Hey @MikeEvans13_ look up definition of the word DEMOCRACY & remember this pic while kneeling/exercising your right to protest #perspective,” she said with a photo of a white man kneeing in a graveyard of soldiers.
We should note, this is not the first time the anchor has subtly sided with Trump and his conservative future constituents.
Nonetheless, for this comment on Twitter she was roasted.
In response, she wrote a long statement on Facebook addressing black folks that called her out.
“Instead of praising or uplifting each other, way too many people of color choose to tear down, mock and spew hatred at other blacks who feel differently, think differently, or make decisions that are different from theirs,” she said. “That, my friends, is hypocrisy at its best. Or should I say, its hypocrisy at its worst. Here’s the thing: You don’t get a hall-pass just because you’re a minority. Racism is racism, no matter what color your skin is. So when you call me a sell-out, or a coon, or an Uncle Tom, or any other derogatory term to let me know that you disagree with me, you lose every ounce of credibility with those whom you deem racist at the drop of a hat.”
She also mentions how her mother and husband were “brave” to marry people of color.
“Instead of giving me those all-knowing looks of disgust and calling me a sell-out when you see pictures of me with my white husband, or see me with my very light-skinned bi-racial children, shouldn’t you be praising that ‘white boy’ from Indiana who followed his color-blind heart and married into a bi-racial culture completely different from his own, to help create a beautiful, color-blind family? Apparently not. Sadly, the list goes on and on, seeping into just about every social and political issue.”
For obvious reasons (of unconscious subserviency on her end) this didn’t settle with #BlackTwitter either.
As noted by Blavity writer LaVita Tuff, “[Sage] you are the epitome of ‘black on black crime is the problem.’ You are the walking poster child for ‘All Lives Matter.’ You would be the token person they book on CNN to tell black people we need to fix us before we try fixing the police departments who use black people for target practice. Being black in America means having to work twice as hard for the same results. You should know what its like to have to fight to even stand in the hall. Out of all the employees listed on ESPN’s media page, there aren’t nearly as many black women as there should be. Sage, congrats on being one of them.”
We have a feeling Steele is gonna stay quiet on this going forward. But more importantly, we hope over the next four years she does some deep contemplation of what it means to be “racist” when you’re systemically oppressed on a global scale for hundreds of years.