Let me state this up front, I stand with ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith. I am sick and tired of race-baiting pimps in the black community always attacking other blacks because they speak the honest truth. I know what it means to be called an Uncle Tom, sellout, Oreo, white man’s porch monkey, and house Negro. Mr. Smith’s response to his ignorant accusers was spot on. Here it is if you’ve missed it.
This entire episode began with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban’s reference to crossing the street to avoid a young black kid in a hoodie or a bald white male with tattoos all over his neck and face — relating to a sense of fear for his personal security.
It’s a funny thing –civil rights icon and race hustler entrepreneur, Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr. admitted 20 years ago, “There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery. Then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved… After all we have been through. Just to think we can’t walk down our own streets, how humiliating.”
So the dirty little secret is that blacks get upset when they’re called out for their abhorrent behavior and then lash out at those who are just as black for doing the same. We’re at a point in America where the term racism means little to nothing. It has become a political battering ram and a growing number are just simply tired of hearing about it. The fateful result will be that when it actually presents itself, no one will pay attention.
Mark Cuban succumbed to the pressure and apologized, but he had no reason to, and Stephen A. Smith was right to step in and “cover his six.” And you detractors all know that I stand with Smith when he says, “I don’t give a damn” what you say about me. The truth prevails, and name-calling just confirms a lack of intellectual rigor.
Welcome to the club, Brother Stephen!