by Scott Aberdeen | Top Right Sports
ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith has put out another comment that is angering many liberals and Black “activists.”
While giving a speech at the Impact Symposium at Vanderbilt University in Nashville Tennessee, Smith said,
“What I dream is that for one election, just one, every Black person in America vote Republican.”
Whoa. Wouldn’t that be something.
Then Smith gives his rationale for why Blacks should do this, with a bit of a historical gaffe:
“Because from what I’ve read, and I’m open to correction, but from what I’ve read, Barry Goldwater is going against Lyndon B. Johnson. He’s your Republican candidate. He is completely against the Civil Rights Movement. Lyndon B. Johnson was in favor of it. What happens is, he wins office, Barry Goldwater loses office, but there was a senate, a Republican senate, that pushed the votes to the president’s desk. It was the Democrats who were against Civil Rights legislation. So because President Lyndon B. Johnson was a Democrat, black America assumed the Democrats were for it.”
Absolutely right about Senate Republicans approving the Civil Rights Act over the objections of racist Democrats like former KKK wizard (and future Democrat Senate Leader) Sen. Robert Byrd.
Where Smith is off base was with Barry Goldwater — but we’ll get to that later.
But back to Stephen A. — who went on to say that if blacks did vote for the GOP would force both parties to make black concerns seriously.
“Black folks in America are telling one party, ‘We don’t give a damn about you.’ They’re telling the other party ‘You’ve got our vote.’
Therefore, you have labeled yourself ‘disenfranchised’ because one party knows they’ve got you under their thumb. The other party knows they’ll never get you and nobody comes to address your interest.”
Smith likened Blacks voting for Republicans to customers “shopping around,” essentially asking shops to “cater to them” so that they will do business. And he blamed currently slavish Blacks for failing to do so:
“We don’t do that with politics,” he lamented, “and then we blame white America for our disenfranchisement.”
Amen. And that’s worked out SO well, right? Just look at Detroit, Philly, D.C., and on and on.
Smith is spot-on, of course. But is generating a ton of liberal resentment, and “Uncle Tom” name-calling.
— Liberals Win (@LiberalsKickAss) March 19, 2015
Steven A Smith should stick to being wrong about sports http://t.co/DQc9MLF7r3
— lvdjgarcia (@lvdjgarcia) March 18, 2015
I can't stand Steven A smith
— 狮子座的梦想家 (@joeypswagg) March 18, 2015
— Doug Osborne (@seriousfun8309) March 18, 2015
When you’re getting a lot of flack, you know you are right over the target.
Thank you Steven A. for dropping a truth bomb on Black America.
Now back to Barry Goldwater. Contrary to Smith’s assertion (which he did say might need “correction”), Goldwater was not against the Civil Rights Movement. Then Sen. Goldwater was a founding member of the Arizona chapter of the NAACP. He helped integrate the Phoenix public school system. Goldwater also voted in favor of previous civil rights bills in 1957 and 1960.
What Goldwater was against was “federal regulatory” in the areas of public accommodations and fair employment that was part of the civil rights bill of 1964. standard Libertarian objections.