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I ‘Don’t Give a Damn’: ESPN Commentator on Mark Cuban and Race After Being Labeled an ‘Uncle Tom’
The Blaze ^ | May 24 ,2014 | Jason Howerton

Posted on 05/24/2014 9:33:40 AM PDT by Hojczyk

ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith refused to backdown on Friday after he came under fire for defending Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban’s comments about bigotry in a recent interview. Despite being labeled an “Uncle Tom” and a “sellout” by some in the black community, Smith made it clear that he stands by what he said “100-fold.”

Smith went on to argue that what Cuban said is “100 percent correct.” The commentator also addressed the “elephant in the room,” which he said many white people won’t talk about out of fear of being labeled “racist.”

“I look at our unemployment rate consistently being double that of folks in white America. I do understand that, to some degree, there’s a level of racism that we all have to overcome… but that doesn’t mean every single issue is race related,” he said. “Sometimes it is about how you represent yourself, it is about how you present yourself.”

He wasn’t even close to done:

“When I talk about not having a command of the English language, and still you want a job, and you want to have a career, but you don’t want to get your education, you don’t want to go out there and pound that pavement. Everything’s about the sprint, it’s not about the marathon, it’s not about you putting forth the necessary effort and due diligence over the long haul to get the thing you need. That’s a reality in our community.”


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: blackculture; blackenough; espn; racism

1 posted on 05/24/2014 9:33:40 AM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk

Hey Eric, you’re finally getting some “honest debate about race”

Attaboy Steve, tell it like it is


2 posted on 05/24/2014 9:36:30 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Shame on Sam The Sham . . . Michael ScAM . . .$$$ grab all planned by this "handlers")
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To: Hojczyk

Full Title

I ‘Don’t Give a Damn’: Popular ESPN Commentator Goes on EPIC Rant About Mark Cuban and Race After Being Labeled an ‘Uncle Tom

Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKXKccyb2e8


3 posted on 05/24/2014 9:36:41 AM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk

“he said many white people won’t talk about out of fear of being labeled “racist.

Absolutely. Open and honest discussions about race are absolutely taboo under the tyranny of political correctness. It’s more risky than being a global warming denier.


4 posted on 05/24/2014 9:40:37 AM PDT by Spok ("What're you going to believe-me or your own eyes?" -Marx (Groucho))
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To: Spok

Boy...and us hetero folks don’t say boo about the fags ruining our country....the once very best of organizations like the boy scouts, the military...


5 posted on 05/24/2014 9:44:28 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Hojczyk

This guy is just as good as Bo Snerdly and black enough to criticize!


6 posted on 05/24/2014 9:44:41 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Hojczyk

The media pivot to Cubban and race issues is intended to capture the attention of the low information voters and get their minds off of the VA scandal.

The VA scandal had the unique ability to capture the attention of even the Black Democrat voters. The VA scandal cannot be interpreted as a partisan issue. Everyone knows a veteran.

Don’t let the left distract you. The sports racial issue is a non-story.


7 posted on 05/24/2014 9:44:58 AM PDT by Eva
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To: Hojczyk

Bump!


8 posted on 05/24/2014 9:45:38 AM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: Impala64ssa

This is a great rant…


9 posted on 05/24/2014 9:47:00 AM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk

This is rare for ESPN. If they were smart, they would give him a raise and a bonus check. White Americans are tired of being pounded on while the media ignores the serious issues inside black “culture”.

It is refreshing when blacks stand up and take responsibility. Cosby tried it but was beaten down and towed back to the plantation. Will this man stay strong? Time will tell.


10 posted on 05/24/2014 9:49:13 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty or Big Government - you can't have both.)
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To: Hojczyk

Screamin’ A has said similar things in the past - it’s just that his next opinion or rant will be so outlandish you wonder what is contrived and what is not.

That said, he’s been very consistent on race issues in the past. Good on him.

Open and honest debate from both sides is what is needed to fix the race relations in this country.


11 posted on 05/24/2014 9:51:42 AM PDT by MikefromOhio
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To: Eva

A black fried of mine relayed a story about his dad and grandfather sitting on the porch drinking beer and saying about the VA, “Stay away from there. It is the place where you check in but don’t check out”.

Of course he was attempting to defend Bo by saying the problem with the VA is very old.

Yeah, the VA situation resonates with a lot of common people both Democrat and Republican.


12 posted on 05/24/2014 9:52:41 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty or Big Government - you can't have both.)
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To: Hojczyk

“Uncle Tom”... Yeah, that criticism that the left loves to wield has about as much intellectual heft as some idiot defending his own bigotry by saying “Yeah, well, there are WHITE neeegers, too!”.


13 posted on 05/24/2014 9:52:50 AM PDT by LittleBillyInfidel (This tagline has been formatted to fit the screen. Some content has been edited.)
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To: Hojczyk

Every second of Steven A. Smith’s seven minute monologue is worth watching and hearing. I particularly like his contrast between a sprint and a marathon in life, and his personalization of the American Dream. I respect and admire this man.


14 posted on 05/24/2014 9:56:48 AM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: Hojczyk

Bo Snerdly should interview this guy on Rush’s show.


15 posted on 05/24/2014 9:57:13 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Hojczyk

If getting good grades in school and speaking proper English is...horror of horros!...acting like (ewwww!) a hated WHITE person...if your music glorifies a thug culture...if you spend your youth expecting to be a rich rapper or sports star someday...if your spend your time practicing basketball or skateboarding instead of at the library...if you hate whites, have a chip on your shoulder, and blame all your problems on “racism”...well, how good an impression are you going to make on an interviewer? Chances are the white guy up for the same job might come off better. Deal with it, and change your ways.


16 posted on 05/24/2014 9:58:30 AM PDT by Nea Wood (When people get used to preferential treatment, equal treatment seems like discrimination.-Sowell)
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To: FreeAtlanta

The first time I visited a VA building (didn’t go inside) I had a bad feeling about the place, but I didn’t know why. I think this problem that has been made public is probably the tip of the iceberg.


17 posted on 05/24/2014 10:02:48 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Hojczyk

Great rant - he should be a black leader not Jackson or sharpton.


18 posted on 05/24/2014 10:05:31 AM PDT by aquila48
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Cuban is a 9/11 truther, he funded a film about assassinating Bush. He is extremely leftist on most issues.


19 posted on 05/24/2014 10:06:03 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Always A Marine

And...wasn’t it Jessie Jackson that said ““There is nothing more painful to me … than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery, then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved.”


20 posted on 05/24/2014 10:07:28 AM PDT by Engedi
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To: Hojczyk

Liberals just can’t accept the difference between prejudice and racism. Like I said yesterday in another post, in the 1980s in New York city I was robbed 3 times by Obama sons, my brother was cut on the neck by an Obama son (but survived) so when I see an Obama son walking toward me late at night, guess what? I am going to be prejudice as hell about him.


21 posted on 05/24/2014 10:08:41 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: FreeAtlanta

I know that the VA has always been a place of last resort for health care, but if you need it, it supposed to be there for you. Many older veterans go there when they cannot afford the deductibles on their own insurance, or Medicare is not covering. Many of the veterans at the VA thought that the VA would be uniquely qualified to treat their old war injuries and related psycho-trauma, which can be a delayed reaction.

I knew a veteran from WWII, the battle of the Bulge, who had no memory of his experience until the old war injuries started giving him trouble in the late 1970s. Then, everything came flooding back. He was a biochemist for a large chemical company, a PHD, but he went to the VA with his problem.


22 posted on 05/24/2014 10:11:09 AM PDT by Eva
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To: Hojczyk
This man is my hero.

Stephen A. Smith, you have joined the ranks of Bill Cosby and Dr. Ben Carson ... black men of character who have taken a lot of sh!t for speaking the truth.

23 posted on 05/24/2014 10:11:34 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("What in the wide, wide world of sports is goin' on here?")
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Instead of holding the VA up as a model for government medicine (before all this horrendous behavior got a lot of publicity) the VA should have been shuttered like the crazy insane asylums of the past, and our Veterans should have all been given vouchers so they could shop for open market insurance plans.

That was before the open market insurance plans got destroyed by the Democrats.

Democrats are vile and evil.


24 posted on 05/24/2014 10:13:29 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty or Big Government - you can't have both.)
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To: Hojczyk

Refreshing to know that there are a few decent, honest and intelligent people still around.


25 posted on 05/24/2014 10:13:33 AM PDT by mulligan (I)
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To: Hojczyk
Mark Cuban, Stephen A. Smith and the dirty little secret about blacks and racism | Allen B. West - AllenBWest.com
26 posted on 05/24/2014 10:18:50 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (You can't be passive and moral.)
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To: Hojczyk

Glad to see some push back on this BS.
It is past time that we open an honest dialogue.


27 posted on 05/24/2014 10:22:03 AM PDT by mylife (The roar of the masses could be farts)
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To: Hojczyk

i have liked this guy for along time because i enjoy his ranting and raving during football season... but since last December or so, when i first heard him address the “black” issue, i have just come to love him more and more...


28 posted on 05/24/2014 10:28:51 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: MikefromOhio

As long as withholder, not-so-sharpton and j-jackass are breathing, not gonna happen.


29 posted on 05/24/2014 10:34:27 AM PDT by bicyclerepair (The zombies here elected alcee hastings. TERM LIMITS ... TERM LIMITS)
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To: Hojczyk
What Mark Cuban actually said is that he'd cross the street to avoid young men, either black or white, who were dressed in a certain style. So would I. Black, white, Hispanic, Vietnamese, Mid-eastern - whatever, if it's a group of young men standing on the sidewalk in the middle of night with no one else around, I'd consider taking a different route.

Replace them with several middle-aged men - white, black, Hispanic, or Asian - and I've got no problem walking right through them. Especially if they're wearing a certain type of reassuring clothing - suits, sweaters, etc.

The real "prejudice" isn't against skin color - it's against age (young) and gender (male) in certain circumstances. Another name for this is common sense. And I say that as someone who used to be a young male who never harmed anyone. Not sure why everyone is seeing Cuban's statement as a racial insult.
30 posted on 05/24/2014 10:46:41 AM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: Hojczyk

The largest bigots and most hate-filled racists in the room will be the individuals with the most preferred victim status, based solely on skin color. .If people want to use skin color as an excuse to wage war on their fellow citizens, then they shouldn’t complain when people of different colors or cultures turn on them.


31 posted on 05/24/2014 10:50:46 AM PDT by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: A_Former_Democrat
As someone who was assaulted with a knife by an african american and when I and the police were looking for my mugger we ran into and picked a white couple who were assaulted by two black men (all three of us fought our attackers off, but that is another story), I can sympathize with Mark Cuban's remarks. Two years later there was another incident as a negro fellow deliberately pushed me and a small white lady as he ran out of the subway train.

These incidents happened about 50 years ago. It is worse today :(

32 posted on 05/24/2014 11:04:52 AM PDT by Stepan12
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To: Hojczyk
Incidentally, the minimum wage law especially hurts negro teenagers. In the 1950s, black teenage employment was percentage wise better than whites. Negroes also made better strides in the 1950s than they did in the 60s. And they didn't have the Communist infiltrated Civil Rights movement...helping them.
33 posted on 05/24/2014 11:12:53 AM PDT by Stepan12
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To: LittleBillyInfidel
“Uncle Tom”... Yeah, that criticism that the left loves to wield has about as much intellectual heft as some idiot defending his own bigotry by saying “Yeah, well, there are WHITE neeegers, too!”.

As a note of trivia, Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" was not a black who scrapes to the white man, but the Christlike figure who dies for all of our sins. The use of it as a pejorative demonstrates the ignorance and illiteracy of our putrid culture.

34 posted on 05/24/2014 11:17:58 AM PDT by Stepan12
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To: Hojczyk

We call him here Screamin A Smith but he is actually a cool guy..he has appeared on Mark Levin’s radio program a few times..not sure if he votes Republican or not but he is not the type of guy that backs down from his beliefs


35 posted on 05/24/2014 11:23:12 AM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Stepan12

Interesting! I used to be familiar with the story, some 40 years ago as a kid. I, too, am guilty of misremembering the lore. Good share!


36 posted on 05/24/2014 11:57:25 AM PDT by LittleBillyInfidel (This tagline has been formatted to fit the screen. Some content has been edited.)
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To: Hojczyk

Look its not racist if people react to a persona your project ...be it an intentional or unintentionally look

Look I’m a big white guy and truth is I’m scare looking ..I just am...I have a physical hands that adds to it..I joke I look like a mass murder. ..and I do have people react

I just had this a few weeks back..I was to do something work at a business so I was waiting at the door for it to open...

When the morning man (a very gay guy) came to open up..no way was he’s letting me in...he ran in and locked the door behind him....I didn’t blame him..

Now the truth is I could of pulled a guilty trip on him being prejudiced because I’m physical handicap. .but I don’t do that..i think its crappie to do that.

So if your ANY race and your deliberately try to project a thug persona to be cool or to have “street credit” . you have no reason to complain when people react to it.

People are not running from black guys that look like Urkel..

And then do run from white guys that look like extras from the Road Warrior...

Or even just white guys that look like me


37 posted on 05/24/2014 12:00:12 PM PDT by tophat9000 (An Eye for an Eye, a Word for a Word...nothing more.)
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To: Hojczyk

The whole Cuban overreaction is from WHITE liberals who think they are some defenders of the black folks that they look down upon. I know a bunch of young black dudes and EVERY one of them say Cuban was just being open and honest and we need more of that. It’s only pansies on the left/media pushing this because they want another PC scalp on their mantle.


38 posted on 05/24/2014 12:02:27 PM PDT by over3Owithabrain
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To: Always A Marine
This is a quote for the ages:

"When we talk about the American Dream, you know you I think about? Myself."

39 posted on 05/24/2014 12:46:16 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("What in the wide, wide world of sports is goin' on here?")
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To: Alberta's Child
Oops -- I should correct that ...

"When we talk about the American Dream, you know who I think about? Myself."

40 posted on 05/24/2014 12:47:46 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("What in the wide, wide world of sports is goin' on here?")
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To: Sarah Barracuda

He has a good rapport with Shaun Hannity as well. That is why he is on the progressive’s hit list.


41 posted on 05/24/2014 5:06:15 PM PDT by Kid Shelleen (Beat your plowshares into swords. Let the weak say I am strong)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Well Stephen A Smith won’t back down..he really doesn’t care what others think of him..He’s a cool guy I enjoy hearing what he has to say..and even though I am NO fan of Charles Barkley, he is another person who doesn’t apologize for what he believes in..he recently got in trouble for trashing women in San Antonio saying they are all fat..but he said he won’t apologize..and I respect that


42 posted on 05/24/2014 5:08:56 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Hojczyk

It’s a shame that speaking the plain and simple truth is noteworthy and takes courage. Good for him.


43 posted on 05/24/2014 5:39:01 PM PDT by all the best (sat`~!)
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