Black Journalist Says White Trump Supporters Show No Diversity After Calling For Black Athletes To Leave White Colleges

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No stranger to racially charged comments, Jemele Hill tweeted Monday about the lack of diversity in a group of politicians and Trump supporters.

Madison Cawthorn, a state representative from North Carolina hosted a round-table that included former President and what Cawthorn called “key business leaders.”

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Hill responded to Cawthorn’s tweet saying, “Very diverse room. Good job.”

It doesn’t take an Ivy League degree to determine that Hill’s statement was both sarcastic and pointed. She made headlines while still working at ESPN for tweeting that the former President “is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself with other white supremacist.”

Many of Hill’s more current tweets are more political in nature and some certainly have raised some eyebrows with the level of racially-charged rhetoric.

While she rightly stands against white supremacy and racism in general, at times she calls things racist that cannot be arguably labeled as such. And while she is quick to point out the lack of diversity in a room full of white people, it should be noted that Mrs. Hill has also gone on record calling for the separation of black athletes from “white” universities.

The very first article that she wrote for her current employer, The Atlantic, was entitled, “Its Time for Black Athletes to Leave White Colleges.”

After receiving a large amount of backlash from the article, Hill was on Don Lemon’s CNN program to discuss the topic.

In the interview, she said she proposed the idea because she is “looking at a system that doesn’t benefit black athletes,” just before her proclamation that all the athletic talent lies within the players of one specific race.

She said:

“I just wonder from a community standpoint, I realize that there is a difference in facilities, in coaching, in other things between an HBCU and a school like Alabama and Clemson, and I understand those differences. But I also understand, as I pointed out in the piece, that black people, you know, we are the talent. So, if that’s the case, wouldn’t it be better off and better served benefitting your own community and helping the residual effect of benefitting that community really make an impact as opposed to making money for schools that already have so much money that has been built off your backs.”

Drawing a parallel between athletes and themselves as journalists, Lemon asked her if all black journalists only worked in the black community, would that be a problem.

Her answer almost made it seem as though she believes that black collegiate athletes are the only ones on the field/court of competition.

“No, and I think that you do have to compare the industries and why it is a little bit different. One of those things, is that obviously, black athletes, under the current construct, I mean they’re being exploited for their talent. They’re not being paid, they’re generating all of this money.

The other part, where I wish I would have taken it a step further in my piece, is to talk about how one way black colleges could maybe appeal to a little bit differently than we see right now is what if they decided they were going to break off the NCAA and create their own ‘pay for play’ system? That would create an attractive lure for black athletes who are already being exploited under the current system.”

The question that should be asked: What would it look like if a white columnist said that only white players were being exploited and should break off and form their own league separate from the NCAA?

Is it safe to assume that, to at least Jemele Hill, diversity is only important when it is a room full of white Conservative politicians?

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