Dear Stephen A. Smith: Stick to Embarrassing Yourself Discussing Sports, Not Politics

stephen-a-smithUnless you follow sports, you might not know who Stephen A. Smith is; if you do follow sports, you probably wish you didn’t know who he is. Smith’s entire shtick is being loud, obnoxious and completely over dramatic. He’s also one of these supposed “experts” who is held to almost no level of credibility or integrity. I can’t count how many times he’s used his “expertise” to predict something in sports – that’s been completely wrong. In most areas of journalism, after you supposedly break so many stories that never come true, or you’ve predicted a number of things that never ended up happening, you eventually reach a point where people no longer take you seriously. (Unless you work for Fox News, of course.)

But Smith’s entire persona isn’t really based on being factual, knowledgable or even respectable. His “character,” if you will, is dedicated to being as outlandish as possible. A few months ago he was suspended by ESPN during the peak of the Ray Rice domestic violence controversy for suggesting that women might not want to antagonize men into committing violence against them. Because, you know, blaming the victim of a crime is real classy.

Well, for some unknown reason this babbling buffoon has decided to drift into the world of politics by recently suggesting that all African-Americans in the United States should vote for the GOP for one election. He followed that up a few days later by saying African-Americans shouldn’t see the GOP “as the enemy.”

His entire basis behind these comments is that:

  1. Always voting for one party negates the need for the other party to ever do anything for you.
  2. Democrats have taken African-Americans for granted because they don’t have to earn their support.

Congratulations Stephen A. Smith, you’ve proven that you can make yourself look like a complete idiot in subjects other than sports and domestic violence.

First, the reason why the GOP doesn’t do anything for African-Americans is because they don’t want to. This is a party whose third most powerful House member, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), once spoke at a white supremacist event. The Republican party has been frequently tangled in numerous controversies surrounding racism and bigotry ingrained within their ranks. The GOP is the party that has millions of its voters supporting movements to honor the Confederacy and those who fought for it. These are people, many of whom are still in Congress today, who opposed dedicating a federal holiday to MLK.

Hell, just look at the way Republicans (and millions of conservatives) have treated President Obama the last few years. The vile racism, ignorance and bigotry I’ve seen tossed his way has been appalling.

But the list goes on and on… and on.

So apparently Smith’s “solution” to many of the problems impacting the African-American community is to vote for the party that’s making many of those issues worse and has millions of its constituents proud of the fact that they’re openly racist.

Because that will… do what exactly? Does he think African-Americans voting for Republicans will suddenly make the party start caring about them? I guess Smith has never heard of the “Southern strategy,” the reason why racists almost always vote Republican. Wouldn’t it make more sense for Republicans to earn the African-American vote by, you know, showing that they actually care about African-Americans in this country? 

Or does Stephen A. Smith think black voters are ignorant, just sheepishly voting for Democrats because they don’t know any better? There’s a reason why African-Americans overwhelmingly support Democratic candidates and it’s not because they’re unable to think for themselves. But that seems to be what Smith is suggesting here.

To further prove his ignorance about many of these issues, he also went on to say that both parties work tirelessly to fix immigration because they both know whomever wins the Latino vote gains a huge advantage, yet neither does that with the black vote.

Excuse me? “Both” parties are trying to fix immigration? Last I checked, House Republicans blocked immigration reform and many members of the GOP are currently doing everything they can to fight our Democratic president’s executive order aimed at trying to do as much to help immigrants as he can – because Republicans refuse to do anything about immigration.

If it were up to most members of the GOP they’d deport every “illegal alien” (as many like to call them), then build a massive wall with armed guards every few yards to shoot anyone trying to cross the border.

The bottom line is, Smith’s comments are predicated on believing African-American voters are unable to think for themselves; that they vote for Democrats out of ignorance instead of from their knowledge about which party better represents them and their interests.

I’m not sure how you claim to want to empower a certain group of people by treating them like they’re fools, but that’s basically what Smith has done.

So, to Stephen A. Smith, I beg of you – stick with sports. The last thing this country needs is for you to be spewing your idiocy about two subjects on which you seem to know absolutely nothing.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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