Stephen A. Smith Reveals He ‘Despises Talking About Race’ At End Of 7-Minute Rant About Race
Jake ODonnell 11:01 am, January 28th, 2016
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 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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