We’ve entered a point in society where even fair competition is racist if the outcome doesn’t go a certain way. The media is one of the worst when it comes to painting situations as far more egregious and rotten than they actually are if they are at all.
Take Jamelle Hill over at Vice, for instance, showing us why she was let go from ESPN by asking YouTuber Jake Paul if knocking out Nate Robinson during their boxing match was racist.
Yeah, she actually did that.
The fight itself was interesting. It involved a lot of Robinson attempting to get inside Paul’s reach but Paul was too quick and too strong, knocking Robinson down several times before finally knocking him out in the second round.
Paul’s victory blew up the internet and the stories are still coming out about it today. During Vice’s show Cari & Jemele (won’t) Stick to Sports, Hill said she “almost had to protest this show” before asking Paul one of the most ridiculous questions to ever come out of an interviewer’s mouth.
“We saw what happened to Nate Robinson, so I’m gonna ask Jake Paul…considering where we are right now in our racial conversation in America, was what you did to Nate Robinson racist?” asked Hill.
“Nah, stop playing with me,” said Paul.
“We just had to witness a white man just knock a black man smooth out in front of all of America so that’s why I asked that,” said Hill.
They even asked the question again after Paul’s wifi cut out and returned.
“Was it racist to knock a black man out, that is the question of the week,” asked Cari Champion.
“Stop asking me that, I said no, it’s a shitty question, it’s a sport,” responded Paul.
“Why is it a shitty question?” asked Champion.
“How does it have anything to do with race? It doesn’t,” said Paul.
“It’s a fine question, we gotta wake you up, you gotta be a part of this conversation,” said Champion.
— VICE TV (@VICETV) December 4, 2020
Hill and Champion seemed to be laughing during the question but it was a laugh that didn’t really denote any kind of lack of seriousness. It seems as if they honestly wanted to pose that question.
The question is why did they feel the need to ask it? It’s clearly a sport and as Paul said, skin color has nothing to do with it. It was an honest competition between men.
The media’s obsession with race is one of the most ridiculous fascinations and breeds more racism than it does solve it. Paul is clearly not guilty of racism against Robinson.
Congrats to Hill and Champion for making Paul of all people the good guy in this situation.