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Sage Steele Says People Tune In To Watch Sports, Not Politics; Agrees Owners Shouldn’t Sign Kaepernick (VIDEO)
ESPN’s often controversial sports figure, Sage Steele, has gotten social media into a frenzy once again.
Instead of being fired like the majority of her colleagues in the last few months, Steele was demoted and reassigned to lesser programming, but that hasn’t stopped her from speaking out and speaking her mind on controversial topics.
Over the past few days, Steele has spoken on everything from Colin Kaepernick and owners having a right not to sign him, to not speaking about politics on air, because people tune it to watch sports and it’s not her job to talk about social injustices while at work.
“I’ve learned that I’m a lot tougher than I thought. It’s actually strengthened me and encouraged me to continue to be me and never let anyone dictate that for me. There are some sickos out there who must be very, very bored, but I’ve learned that I can handle it. If you want to hate me because I talked about my experiences, things I wish hadn’t happened, then that’s on you.
We — as people of color — continue to cry for racial equality, diversity and acceptance, and rightfully so. That said, why must we continue to tear down those within our own race? Why must we shun those within our own race who think differently? Or marry outside of our race? Or vote differently? Or have “good hair”? Or speak differently? Shouldn’t we instead be offering up praise for our wonderful diversity?
My mother is a perfect example. Raised by an Irish father and an Italian mother in a small Massachusetts town, she went against her parents’ wishes and married the black man she fell in love with. What she dealt with fresh off of the tumultuous civil rights era was horrific in so many ways — which is one of many reasons why she is the strongest, bravest woman I know. So, instead of rolling your eyes at my black father for “selling out”, shouldn’t you be praising my white mother for following her color-blind heart and not succumbing to the pressures of American society back then? Apparently not. How about now, more than 4 decades later? 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.
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. 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.”
Here she is again on Thursday speaking on Kaepernick and not mixing work with politics.
“Colin did what he felt was right, other people are doing what they feel is right for them and that’s fine. You have to be ready for what comes with it. That’s not why people are tuning in to watch me, it’s not my job.”
“Why do people turn into SportsCenter? In my opinion it is not to hear about Charlottesville.” – Sage Steele on covering politics on ESPN
— Andrew Perloff (@andrewperloff) August 24, 2017
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