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Racial Justice Group Condemns Suspension of Jemele Hill

“A flagrant suppression of Black voices in sports.”

 

NEW YORK - Color Of Change, the nation’s largest online racial justice organization, issued the following statement in response to ESPN's suspension of Jemele Hill, co-host of Sports Center. Hill's suspensions come after her recent tweets critiquing Donald Trump and Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones.

Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of Color Of Change:

“ESPN's decision to suspend Jemele Hill is a flagrant suppression of Black voices in sports. ESPN is happy to stand with enablers of racism and sexism, but dare speak out against these issues and you're in trouble. They seek to champion Black athletes, activists, and hosts until billionaires like Jerry Jones threaten their revenue streams. The company's new social media guidelines were not created until Black employees and athletes began to prominently speak out against our country's racial injustices. By choosing to ban its reporters' opinions, ESPN is making an explicitly political decision to side with the Trump administration on the wrong side of history.

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