Perhaps Jemele Hill’s only infraction was pontificating about politics on Twitter.

The outspoken ESPN host shared her truth about President Donald Trump on social media, which led to the White House calling for Hill to be fired.

“I think that’s one of the more outrageous comments that anyone could make, and certainly something that I think is a fireable offense by ESPN,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters.

I disagree.

Hill shouldn’t be terminated for her remarks and here’s why: Her comments were rooted in facts which Trump initiated, her thinking is sound, and she has the absolute right to free speech.

Hill, who serves as co-host of SC6, on ESPN, referred to Trump as a “white supremacist” and a “bigot” and she was not speaking for ESPN, she was expressing her opinion as an American citizen.

On Monday night, in a series of tweets, Hill said, “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.”

Hill added that, “Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period.”

In another tweet, she said, “Donald Trump is a bigot,” and went on to criticize his supporters, adding, “The height of white privilege is being able to ignore his white supremacy, because it’s of no threat to you. Well, it’s a threat to me.”

Trump created this mess by publicly sympathizing with white supremacists after the deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on Aug. 12 when Heather Heyer was run down by Hitler supporter James Alex Fields, 20, who was charged with second degree murder.

“I’ve condemned neo-Nazis. I’ve condemned many different groups, but not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me,” Trump told reporters last month. “Not all of those people were white supremacists by any stretch.”

It took Trump days to denounce violent neo-Nazis but afterward, he seemed to reverse himself by siding with white supremacists and appearing to align himself with bigots when he called white supremacists at the Charlottesville rally “fine people.”

And Thursday, in response to a meeting between Trump and Sen. Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) Trump again defended his earlier comments about the Charlottesville violence.

“Look at really what’s happened since Charlottesville, a lot of people are saying and people have actually written, ‘Gee, Trump might have a point.’ I said, ‘You’ve got some very bad people on the other side also,’ which is true,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One.

Hill was simply expressing what many Americans were already saying about Trump – that the president marginalized African-Americans and other people of color while giving white supremacists a pass.

Hill issued a statement Wednesday explaining her remarks, which did not silence her critics.

“My comments on Twitter expressed my personal beliefs. My regret is that my comments and the public way I made them painted ESPN in an unfair light. My respect for the company and my colleagues remains unconditional,” Hill said in her statement.

Notice that Hill did not offer an apology, nor should she.

And here’s ESPN’s reaction: “The comments on Twitter from Jemele Hill regarding the President do not represent the position of ESPN. We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate.”

ESPN has since denied reports that it tried to remove Hill from the air after the White House comments.

The National Association of Black Journalists said in a statement that it “supports Hill’s First Amendment rights on all matters of discussion, within and outside the world of sports, as they do not impinge on her duties as a host and commentator.”

ESPN sports commentator Michael Wilbon offered his support for Hill and former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick also expressed his encouragement, tweeting: “We are with you @jemelehill.”

Kaepernick, who remains unsigned after leaving with the San Francisco 49ers, received support and criticism after kneeling during the national anthem before games last season to protest police brutality and injustices in the criminal justice system.

The NFL — wrongly – is boycotting Kaepernick, no doubt because of his public stance against racial profiling and excessive use of force by police against African-Americans and other people of color. More NFL players are correctly supporting Kaepernick, a talented quarterback, saying an NFL team should employ Kaepernick this season.

Meanwhile, Hill has weighed into a firestorm created by Trump. If the president hadn’t empathized with white supremacists, there wouldn’t be an issue. ESPN apparently reprimanded Hill and folks should move on.

The thin-skinned White House didn’t like Hill’s comments about Trump but in this intensified racially polarized republic, Hill remains free to speak her truth.

What do you think?

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23 thoughts on “Jemele Hill Is Entitled To Freedom Of Speech On Her Own Social Media

  1. Funny, how whenever a person of Color dares to speak TRUTH-they are deemed to be a RACIST!!!!!!

    Ms. Hill told it like it is-screw all of the HATERS!!!!!!!!
    We need more folks like her to call a spade a spade and a turd a turd!!!!!!!!!!

  2. FallMornings on said:

    True, but on the job is not the place to voice your personal opinions. Sometimes we, black people, need to keep quiet. Everything and everybody does not need to know what you think.

    • She wasn’t on the job. She’s can’t speak her truth, but I will continue to speak mine. 45 is a racist, white supremacist, narcissistic, bigot!!!!! Yeah, I said it.!!

  3. I find it hilarious that Mr. Cottman has no problem with the firing of those posting comments about Obama Democrats, Black people, or any other subject he deems offensive
    yet he now wants to carry water for Ms. Hill who was out of line, Obama associated with anarchist and terrorist (bill Ares Weather under Ground which bombed buildings in the US) does that make him a Terrorist ? this is a classic and old dog whistle of the liberal left play the race card because you have no facts nor anything to offer your constituency

  4. African American Woman on said:

    She is absolutely entitled to say what she believes, but her job is also entitled to decide whether they want to keep her as an employee. Most, if not all, employers have some type of clause against how self-representation reflects on the employer. They include political, social, etc. beliefs that reflect negatively on the company…I’m always for speqking your truth; just be prepared because everyone else is naturally not going to share your beliefs.

    • You are a WHITE DEVIL just like HIM(DT)and need to be eliminated also.He and you need to keep your DUMBASS mouths SHUT.Just like most WHITE DEVILS you think you know Everything and know nothing the more HE talks the Sooner he NEEDS to be ELIMINATED.He is aTHREAT to the WORLD and my childrenand grandchildren HE MOST GO A>S>AP>

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