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A biracial conservative ESPN anchor has been suspended for lightly criticizing former President Barack Hussein Obama’s habit of only acknowledging his black ancestry, raising the question of what exactly it is that she’d done wrong.
For his part, black sports commentator Jason Whitlock believes ESPN anchor Sage Steele did nothing wrong and that her critics are “racist” people who’re “beholden to racist ideologies and beliefs that we should have let go in the 17 and 1800s.”
The racist belief specifically is that biracial men and women must “choose” to identify with only their black side like Obama, a man whom Whitlock maintains “should drop to his knees every day” to thank his white mother and white grandparents for “saving his rear end.”
This whole controversy erupted after, during a Sept. 29th appearance on the “Uncut with Jay Cutler” podcast, Steele slammed former “The View” host Barbara Walters over her alleged habit of mocking her biracial ancestry.
#SageSteele can leave ESPN for Faux News whenever she is ready.
Good Riddance 👎🏾
— Darnell Roberts (@mridontsleep) October 3, 2021
As an example of Walter’s behavior, Sage said that the former “The View” host had once asked her what she chooses when filling out the “race” section of the U.S. Consensus.
When she replied that she chooses “both,” Walters felt compelled to point out that “Obama chose black and he’s biracial.”
Steele didn’t care for this “point.”
“I’m like, well, congratulations to the president, that’s his thing. I think that’s fascinating considering his black dad was nowhere to be found, but his white mom and grandma raised him. But hey, you do you, I’m gonna do me,” she said.
Her simple opinion — one reportedly based on facts — triggered widespread condemnation from the left because, apparently, it’s unfathomable that someone would ever dare to criticize the former president.
It didn’t help that later during the same podcast, Steele reportedly came out against vaccine mandates, describing them as “sick.”
Combined, both “offenses” triggered enough backlash from the “woke” left that this week ESPN yanked her off the air til “sometime next week” at the earliest, according to a source who spoke with Page Six.
Steele then made the fatal mistake of apologizing.
“I know my recent comments created controversy for the company, and I apologize. We are in the midst of an extremely challenging time that impacts all of us, and it’s more critical than ever that we communicate constructively and thoughtfully,” she said in a statement to CNN.
Apologizing to the “woke” mob never works.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 8, 2020
Speaking on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” late Thursday, Whitlock, who himself is a former ESPN personality, said quite bluntly that Steele had nothing to apologize for since she wasn’t the one in the wrong — her critics were.
“I know Sage Steele. She’s one of the best people working in our industry, and she’s just coming from a real and authentic place. I think it’s inappropriate that biracial kids — particularly when there’s a black/white mix — are forced to choose and be assigned ‘oh, you’re just black, you have to disavow the white half of you,'” he said.
“I think it’s perfectly appropriate for her to point this out. Sage Steele is biracial. I think this whole thing is a relic of the one-drop rule that was instigated in the 1700s, 1600s by racists. If you have one drop of black blood, therefore you’re considered fully black. We love — in this modern society, this ‘woke’ society, this social justice Marxist society we’re building — any relics from the racist past, we love to adopt and hang on to and apply to modern American society,” he added.
A piece published at PBS News by a sociology professor notes that the rule makes it so that “a black is any person with any known African black ancestry.”
“This definition reflects the long experience with slavery and later with Jim Crow segregation. In the South it became known as the ‘one-drop rule,’ meaning that a single drop of ‘black blood’ makes a person a black,” the piece continues.
Listen to Whitlock’s remarks below:
(Source: Fox News)
“Racists came up with the one-drop rule and we’re beholden to it. Racists came up with calling black people the N-words, we’re now beholden to it, and we’ve taken that name on, and it’s ours to use and we’re most proud of it. It’s our favorite word; we’ve turned it into a term of endearment,” he continued.
“It all comes from the fruit of the racist tree. Why modern-day races are holding on to it while calling themselves liberators and freedom fighters and social justice warriors … they’re bigots and racist,” he added.
The same, he suggested, is true of Barack Hussein Obama, a man with a history of only acknowledging his black ancestry, despite it being a verified fact that his black father had been mostly absent throughout his life.
“I never really knew my own father. I was raised by a single mom and two wonderful grandparents who made incredible sacrifices for me, and there are single parents all across the country who do a heroic job raising terrific kids,” the former president himself admitted in 2013.
But in contemporary America, apparently nobody’s allowed to state the truth.
“There’s two things you can’t talk about in this new society they’ve built here. You can’t question the vaccine, and you damn sure can’t question Barack Obama, who needs to be questioned and who Sage Steele has properly [questioned],” Whitlock continued.
“This man should drop to his knees every day and thank his white mama and white grandparents for saving his rear end and helping create him and move him forward in life. And instead, he rejects the white side of his family and claims to be all black. It’s a joke, they’re all a joke, they’re all racist and they all are beholden to racist ideologies and beliefs that we should have let go in the 17 and 1800s,” he added.
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