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It's Time to Re-Segregate College Sports?

Jemele Hill shames black athletes who choose big schools instead of historically black colleges.

Nate Jackson · Sep. 9, 2019

Sports writer and commentator Jemele Hill has long been more interested in peddling leftist race bait than, you know, commenting on sports. For years and in multiple instances, Hill has made controversial remarks mixing race and politics with sports. But because Hill is black, people like Joe Biden say she can’t be racist.

Nevertheless, writing her first article for The Atlantic, Hill argues for segregation at the nation’s colleges and universities.

It’s Time for Black Athletes to Leave White Colleges,” reads her title. She argues this re-segregation should happen because “black athletes have attracted money and attention to the predominantly white universities that showcase them.” Instead, she says, they should redirect their talents to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

She’s not entirely wrong about some of the disparity among blacks and whites, or about how colleges rake in major profits from unpaid athletes. And in one sense her argument is thoroughly American — she advocates for the underdog to prevail against the giant.

Yet Hill is also both utterly clueless and downright mendacious. For starters, Hill — a graduate of predominantly white Michigan State and now a staff writer for the historically white Atlantic magazine — wistfully pines for a time when blacks attended HBCUs because that was their only choice. Ah, the “good old days” of segregation.

Segregation, as with slavery before it, was a tragic evil that did much lasting harm. Even so, there’s an irony: Black families were better off before the government stepped in to become “daddy.” The word “family” never appeared in Hill’s article, however. Another irony: Black athletes have it far better now — if by better we measure it as professional fame and fortune. While Hill is right to exhort black celebrities in all walks of life “not just to enrich themselves but to help strengthen and empower black communities,” she’s seemingly arguing for young black athletes to choose a path that would reduce their future income. In any case, money alone will prove woefully inadequate if it’s not accompanied by fundamental cultural change. Blacks must focus — as must we all — on crumbling families and on the pursuit of individual effort, excellence, and responsibility.

Politically, Democrats are the ones “profiting” from subjugating blacks as a slavish voting bloc. Hill cheers that on, while, again ironically, blasting President Donald Trump for being “a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.” What is Hill but a black supremacist arguing that all blacks should segregate themselves with other black supremacists? Worse, she’s shaming those who disagree.

What’s next — separate drinking fountains for black athletes?

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