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Stephen A. Smith is an intelligent man, very sharp. But he’s not nearly as sharp as Michael Eric Dyson. So, watching these two men debate is a little bit like watching Michael Jordan playing one-on-one against the guy who plays ball with his buddies on the weekends. In other words, no comparison.
The two engaged in a heated debate on ESPN about the recent remarks by Mark Cuban, who stated that he fears black men in hoodies enough to run to the other side of the street when he sees them coming. The comments drew comparisons with Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, and led people to wonder why Cuban would be ruining his reputation to defend America’s favorite bigot.
Dr. Boyce Watkins wrote on the issue, stating that “Mark, I respect the fact that black men in hoodies scare you, I know grown men who are frightened by clowns. I also hope you’re not concluding that because you’ve admitted to your racism that this somehow makes it less painful to those of us who’ve dealt with bigotry our entire lives. I wore a hoodie to the gym this morning, and it undermines my humanity to know that being a professor in the hoodie suddenly makes me equivalent to ‘a white guy with a shaved head and tattoos.'”
Watch the interview below and tell us what you think.
Could Stephen A have a point, or is he insane to think that it makes sense to stand up for anyone who feels they have a right to defend a white man’s right to be racist?
It’s a good conversation.