ESPN anchor Sage Steele is on the cusp of Twitter roasting again after her comments about Blacks needing to “look in the mirror.”
While moderating a panel about faith and race titled “Under Our Skin,” Steele offered this to the conversation:
“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 [as a biracial woman married to white man], and I mean thousands and thousands over the years, 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?…How do we, [with Christianity] as our foundation, address this honestly with each other and these communities? Because to me, if we don’t start with ourselves in any issue, how can you point the fingers at somebody else?”
Steele has a White mother, Black father and is married to a White man. She is from Carmel, Ind. which, as of 2010, was 84% White. So obviously, she knows what African-Americans think and should do.
This isn’t the first time Steele has offered her stance on race. Back in November, she wrote a lengthy Facebook post criticizing Black people who ask for diversity but don’t practice it.
“We — as people of color — continue to cry for racial equality, diversity and acceptance, and rightfully so,” she wrote. “That said, why must we continue to tear down those within our own race? Why must we shun those within our own race who think differently? Or marry outside of our race? Or vote differently? Or have “good hair”? Or speak differently? Shouldn’t we instead be offering up praise for our wonderful diversity?”
She’s also been vocal about President Donald Trump’s travel ban on Muslims. Not because it was a bad idea, but because the protestors of it made her late for her flight.
She got dragged on Twitter on both of those occasions and it seems like there is a similar reaction to her latest statements.
Do you find any truth in her words? Should she be criticized for thinking differently?