ESPN news anchor Sage Steele and several other prominent Christian sports figures met at The Crossing Church in Tampa, Florida, for an event called Under Our Skin. The purpose of the event was to discuss the intersection between faith and race. Those expecting Steele to complain about white racists were in for a surprise, because she revealed most of the racism she receives is from black people.
There are times that I believe that we, as African-Americans, can be hypocritical, and that is to not look ourselves in the mirror when we are saying certain things and blaming other groups for one thing when we are doing the exact same thing.
The worst racism that I have received [is] from black people, who in my mind thought would be the most accepting because there has been that experience. But even as recent as the last couple of weeks, the words that I have had thrown at me I can’t repeat here and it’s 99 percent from people with my skin color. But if a white person said those words to me, what would happen?
A good chunk of this abuse came after she criticized “not my president” protesters, especially those causing delays at airports. Maybe she should have pointed out the protests were causing delays to the arrivals of the migrants some of them were protesting in favor of, but she’d still probably be called a “coon”.
NFL tight end Benjamin Watson also expressed views which placed a target on him back.
I was embarrassed by the violent protesting and the looting and people burning people’s cars [in Ferguson]. Can I condemn that and can I also say, ‘You know what? I don’t understand why it takes 17 bullets in Chicago to kill a black man on the street.’ Can I say that? They can both be true.
Race warriors would probably miss the fact he was condemning both the protesters and the police…