Sears, former Marine, and conservative christian delivered a very powerful message when she declared victory.
“There are some who want to divide us, and we must not let that happen. They would like us to believe we are back in 1963 when my father came. We can live where we want, we can eat where we want, we own the water fountains. We have had a Black president elected twice. Here I am: Living proof!” said Sears.
“In case you haven’t noticed, I am Black and I have been Black all my life,” she added.
“When I joined the Marine Corps, I was still a Jamaican. But this country had done so much for me, I was willing, willing, to die for this country,” Sears said.
Before writing for the Atlantic controversial former ESPN anchor, Jemele Hill, has suspended for inciting fans to boycott the NFL sponsors. Jamele originally found herself in the spotlight for calling President Trump a “white supremacist” in recent past. However, she was not suspended for her remarks on the President but for her second infraction on social media, violating ESPN’s social media regulations.
The former anchor’s comments were in response to the Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones, reinforcing the President’s wishes. Jones told his players if they did not stand for the anthem and flag- they would not be allowed to play. His speech aimed at urging respect for the American flag and anthem became another means to ‘stir the pot’.
Jemele Hill’s Tweet.
If you strongly reject what Jerry Jones said, the key is his advertisers. Don't place the burden squarely on the players. https://t.co/Gc48kchkuv
“Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has surrounded himself with other white supremacists,” Hill wrote on Sept 11. She called him “the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime.” Hill also called Trump a “bigot,” and “unqualified and unfit to be president.” She even added: “If he were not white, he never would have been elected.”
There was speculation that ESPN wanted to sideline Hill for one episode of “SC6” as a result of the Trump tweets but her co-host, Michael Smith, refused to do the show without her. Citing “two sources familiar with the situation,” Think Progress reported last month that ESPN executives reached out to other black hosts to fill in. According to the website, ESPN scrapped the idea when two African-American ESPN hosts declined to fill in for Hill and Smith. The outspoken duo hosted the show that night. ESPN denied that it attempted to find alternative hosts.
Hill eventually admitted that she cried over the situation in a meeting with ESPN President John Skipper, but didn’t exactly apologize to Trump or his supporters.
“Since my tweets criticizing President Donald Trump exploded into a national story, the most difficult part for me has been watching ESPN become a punching bag and seeing a dumb narrative kept alive about the company’s political leanings,” Hill wrote.