“Cue The Rant!”:: Think A Little Harder Before You Speak Stephen A. Smith

finalig2Did you hear what the ever outspoken Stephen A. Smith had to say about black people and voting this past week? Here it is if you missed it:

“Black folks in America are telling one party, ‘We don’t give a damn about you,’” Smith said. “They’re telling the other party, ‘You’ve got our vote.’ Therefore, you have labeled yourself ‘disenfranchised’ because one party knows they’ve got you under their thumb, the other party knows they’ll never get you and nobody comes to address your interests.”

“Cue The Rant!”

dm_140728_nfl_stephen_a_issues_apologyStephen A. Smith. I know you’re doing well. You’re one of the top commentators on ESPN, have your own radio show and have one of the most popular shows on ESPN in “First Take” with your friend Skip Bayless. And you come from an authentic black background in New York City. You’re astute in issues affecting black America. But you have been known to say some.. ‘interesting’ things from time to time and I have to say this is right on up there with some of the more questionable things you’ve said.

There’s a big problem with what you said. While it is true that the Democratic party takes us for granted at times, there’s no denying that they create and administer policies that benefit black people. Now whether or not they do it enough is another question for another post. But the fact that you are ignoring a whole side of the political representation in this country (the GOP) completely ignoring a significant portion of the population (the black community) is (to use your favorite word) egregious to say the least.

The onus falls on the side of the political organization to try to cater to all of its constituents. It’s not to gerrymander and draw around minority communities so they won’t have to address their needs. The GOP should try harder to bring in different people especially since their current constituents they cater to aren’t going to be the majority much longer (like in the next 30 years).

Black people had a good reason to jump behind one political party. It’s on the GOP to change that perception. That’s what being on the wrong side of history gets you.

charles-barkleyNow I for one am not surprised that Stephen A. Smith said something like this. He and Charles Barkley are interesting cases within the black community as they grew up out of privilege, gained considerable success despite hardships but seem to attribute part of the struggles of the black community to not working hard enough. Both have questioned the role of racism in the struggles of black people and have had an affinity to support certain figures in the GOP.

You’re a smart guy Stephen A. I’m just going to need for you to think a little harder next time.

That’s it for this week. Don’t forget to cue the Sir Charles.

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