Stephen A. Smith Tells Black Students ‘Racism Doesn’t Exist’
Stephen A. Smith has been walking that fine line between absurdity and Uncle Tom-levels for a while now and it’s quite possible he just crossed that line. Here’s what he told a group of Black students in Alabama:
“Racism doesn’t exist. Obviously, I’m lying. Of course it exists, but not for you. See, you don’t have to go to the back of the bus. You’re not denied the opportunity to eat at restaurants, or to enter night clubs, or to patronize businesses. You have the right to vote. You’re not being lynched. You’re not being hung,” Smith said, according to USA’s student newspaper, The Vanguard which recorded the speech.
He went on to acknowledge that older black students do suffer from racism.
“You’re older, you know I’m not talking about you. But youngsters, you need to understand that white folks got problems, too. Some of them can’t pay their bills. Some of them are struggling. Some of them are being denied opportunities. And you need to understand that, because when people are going through their own problems, they are not going to lament what your trials and tribulations are.”
Um…what? He followed all of this up with this tweet:
Sir. If you don’t getcho…you know what? Never mind. We’ll just let the tweets do the dragging.