Stephen A. Smith Reveals He ‘Despises Talking About Race’ At End Of 7-Minute Rant About Race
Race plays a huge role in the lives of literally every single person who has ever lived on the North American continent. That fact is undeniable and cannot be argued, lest you want to get into a discussion about the countless ways you've benefitted from your white privilege, which I'll be glad to do over Twitter. (Get at me here.) But does race inform everything we do? Of course not. Does it inform every opinion we have? Of course not. Does it influence some of our opinions -- even for the most ambitiously fair-minded of us? Absolutely.
Race is the elephant in the room, and as much as we'd all like to pretend like it's not a determining factor in the trajectories of our lives, it is. It sucks -- but there are things in that room other than that elephant.
As ESPN's hot take warlock, Stephen A. Smith often invokes race in his lengthy rants about the public perceptions of black professional athletes, or an NFL coach's perceieved selective treatment of his players, or the responsibility of "white America" to be outraged that Jerry Jones isn't giving them enough opportunities to coach the Dallas Cowboys. Most of the time he's onto something important that deserves to be put out there, but just as often he goes too far and says something that feels like he's trying to get a rise out of people -- and provocation is his bread and butter (using race or not). As well-intentioned as he might be, his rants on racism in American become transparent at a certain point. He's uses them to enhance his own visibility.
Sometimes he even gets so caught up in his own rhetoric that he inadvertently drops n-bombs on live television. It's no secret Stephen A. Smith relishes the opportunity to raise eyebrows and draw listeners to his SiriusXM radio show by hurling unsubstantiated racism accusations at public figures.
Apparently he doesn't think this is the case.
"As a black man, as a co-host on a national television show, as a black man as a host of a national radio show, I despise having to bring up race," Smith said Thursday at the end of a seven-minute rant on how Cam Newton's race prevents him from being loved in the same way as Peyton Manning.
"I hate it," he added. "I wish we never had to talk about it, but I'm realistic enough to know we have no choice, unless we want to sit idly by and allow unfairness to be continuously and perpetually exercised."
That last part is 100% true. The first part -- ya know, the one regarding Stephen A. Smith's willingness to use race as a tool to further his financial interests -- not so much. He makes $2 million a year and every time there's a dip in salacious sports news, he somehow finds a way to get attention by invoking race where others hadn't.
The full rant, below...
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