Jason Whitlock caused a firestorm on social media on Thursday, with his name trending all day on Twitter after the co-host of Speak for Yourself on Fox Sports 1, addressed what LeBron James said on Wednesday that it’s hard to be black in America, no matter how rich you are:
“No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being black in America is tough. We’ve got a long way to go, for us as a society and for us as African Americans, until we feel equal in America.”
To provide context, James’ house had just been tagged with a racist and hateful message, which caused the NBA star to compare himself to Emmett Till, who was horrifically lynched in 1955 in Mississippi after he was accused of whistling at a white woman.
Whitlock wasn’t having any of it.
“I get when I was a young person some people called me a bad name, the n-word, whatever, it hurt my feelings,” Whitlock said, “But did it stop me from rising? Hell no! Stop Lebron James?”
“And you know Lebron’s comment about no matter how rich you are,” he added, “no matter how famous you are, it’s tough being black in America.”
“That is a lie!” he said with passion.
“It’s not tough being Oprah Winfrey, it’s not tough being Lebron James. It’s not tough being Jason Whitlock,” Whitlock admitted. “When I leave here today, I’m gonna drive to Wilshire Boulevard, get out of my car, and throw the keys to my car to some white or Latino man who’s gonna say, ‘Mr. Whitlock, anything I could do for you today?’”
“I’m gonna walk into my building with a concierge, probably black, [will say] ‘Mr. Whitlock, I got a package for you, anything I can do for you today?’ Then I’m gonna go to my fourth-floor apartment, and continue to do whatever the hell is I wanna do. “
“To sit here and say, ‘Oh my God, my house was vandalized in L.A., and on the eve of this greatest sporting event, I am traumatized – it’s just not true,” he said defiantly.
Whitlock’s rant was far too politically incorrect for many on Twitter, who were triggered by his challenging “King James,” a Hillary Clinton supporter during the 2016 election, as well as for refusing to play the race/victim game the Democrat Party needs to survive.
Predictably, Whitlock got consistently labeled with the hateful and racist “coon” and “Uncle Tom” epithets by intolerant progressive leftists on the web:
— Brittany (@Brittanybre_d) June 1, 2017
Jason Whitlock when he sees LeBron responding to racism pic.twitter.com/gVz6oz9pML
— Nick Fontana (@nickfontana_) June 1, 2017
Then there’s this, Whitlock not agreeing that James is a victim somehow must mean that he’s okay with slavery — or something:
This is Jason Whitlock at his core. pic.twitter.com/145lA8a6FW
— Ben (@hey_its_simba) June 1, 2017
Most other comments bashing Whitlock did not address his comments or make an intelligent counter-argument, but simply name-called, wished for him to be fired, or worse yet, hoped he would die.
Here’s the clip from the segment with Jason Whitlock making his passionate case to fellow co-host Colin Cowherd that got everybody triggered: