Jemele Hill Suspended From ESPN
By:     -   October 10, 2017   -   Culture  -  News Break  -  Politics  -  Social Justice  -  Sports   -   Comments are closed   -   398 Views

ESPN finally did what they have been itching to do for a while now. They suspended host Jemele Hill for a 2-week period. Why, you ask? She got suspended for exercising her right to free speech via her own personal social media Twitter account, where she weighed in on Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and his demand that players stand for the anthem, or risk getting benched.

This is the second time ESPN has “dinged” Hill for her social media use, being sure to put the public on notice that they are in no way affiliated with her personal analyses with regards to politics. With the first incident, the White House Press Secretary called for the firing of a private citizen, and the ESPN network attempted to underhandedly have someone “fill in” for her…but her colleagues are real ones and were not having it. As a matter of fact, this time around, her co-host Michael Smith sat out the first SportsCenter episode of Hill’s suspension as a show of support and solidarity.

Of course, “Twitter Fingers” (aka Not My President), almost immediately took to social media to slam Hill for her comments from the comfort of the golf club that he so often frequents. Meanwhile, Puerto Rico is still crying out for aid. So yes, ESPN caved into the pressure – lame.

Hill’s comments did not call for a direct boycott, despite the misinformation that has rapidly spread. She spoke the truth when stating that players were in-between a rock and a hard place – risk losing their careers if non-compliant or being viewed as “sell-outs” for not exercising their rights to peacefully protest. Hill urged the fans to share the burden of responsibility in getting the original message across of racial injustice and police brutality.

To be clear (yet again), this was never about the flag or the anthem; it is about addressing racism. People are simply kneeling because they want the flag to stand for what it is said to stand for – freedom, justice and equality. That is simply not a reality for Black Americans.