ESPN host and commentator Stephen A. Smith occasionally says something one might not expect to hear from a black TV personality. One of those occasions came during a symposium this week at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.
Toward the end of the event entitled “How You See It: Perceptions of (In)Equality,” Smith told the audience that his dream is for every black person in America to vote Republican in one election.
Knowing his comments might cause a backlash among Democrats who feel that they own the black vote and that the GOP doesn’t work for the interests of African-Americans, Smith advised the gathering to “buckle up,” then he observed:
“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.”
Thanks to Breitbart News, we can hear the audio recording of everything Stephen A. Smith said with his bold advice for black voters. Click on the video above to listen for yourself.
BCN editor’s note: This article first appeared at Western Journalism.