SMU Inexplicably Taps ESPN's Stephen A. Smith to Give Black History Month Lecture

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Matthew Kaminski
There's an argument to be made that Stephen A. Smith, one of ESPN's more voluble talking heads, is qualified to talk about sports. Reasonable people can (and do) disagree, but Smith has spent two decades as a professional sports journalist and his continued employment by the country's biggest sports network suggests that he has his fans.

Does that mean Stephen A. Smith is qualified to deliver a lecture on black history?

SMU says yes. The university announced today that Smith will deliver the keynote address on Sunday for the school's celebration of Black History Month.

"He will discuss the history and the future of African Americans," a news release says. "The evening also will include a question and answer session and autographs."

Before you declare that SMU made a dumb decision and wonder why they couldn't have just gotten a civil rights leader or a well-regarded scholar, take a glance at Smith's bio with the American Program Bureau.

He's a sports journalist, sure, but he's also a "social critic" who "adeptly applies his savvy insights into the world of sports to society at large, drawing parallels to such issues as politics and race relations in America." This isn't just on ESPN. He's "offer[ed] his candid views on issues relating to race, politics, and current events" on Morning Joe, The Ed Show, Hannity and Larry King Live.

So you see? He's totally qualified. For the uninitiated, here's a Stephen A. Smith highlight reel from YouTube:

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ruddski
ruddski

Convene a panel of white people to ascertain which black man is appropriate to speak for the occasion. That way, were sure to get an authentic black, not some poseur like Justice Thomas or Condoleezza Rice, who, as we know, work in the house.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

"Controversial Black History Month Lunch Menu Prompts Concord School To Apologize" Students at Carondelet High School for Girls in Concord wanted to come up with ways to observe the occasion during a lunchtime celebration Friday. But when the school announced a menu of fried chicken, cornbread and watermelon, other students and parents became offended.snip!This is so sad on so many levels.  People, it is soul food.  The heart and soul of the nation.  Take this food away and you rip the heart out of the South.  And that is what this is really about.And that is also the root reason why Leftists raise eyebrows at the naming of this guy, a celebrity motivational speaker, to speak at SMU on Black History Month.

amie.kromis
amie.kromis

I would like to see a post from you after you've witnessed the speech. Who knows? He might surprise you.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

Here, in the south, sports figures are often referred to as "heroes"; most of each night's newscast is about sports scores; and the results of various games are touted as historic.

So it stands to reason that a sportscaster would be named as a speaker for an event that celebrates history.


ruddski
ruddski

The guy is a professional communicator/speaker, he's black, and most likely knows enough black history to speak on the subject.

Big plus: he's not from academia.

JFPO
JFPO

If they wanted a sports writer who's also a "social critic," they should have gotten Jason Whitlock. Now there's a man with hot sports opinions.

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

Oh so now now is the time you  chose to be culturally Sensitive ? 

You sure don't have a problem force feeding US Paddy's .Ludacris

At least Mr Smith is ....well ....you know ....



fredgarvinmp713
fredgarvinmp713

Maybe he could be on a panel with Skip Bayless and debate for the millionth time: "Will Tim Tebow make it in the NFL?"

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

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James080
James080 topcommenter

I guess they couldn't afford Chris Rock.



manpanties
manpanties

most racist post I've read on this blog.

Guesty
Guesty

Counter Headline: Unfair Park Inexplicably Taps Eric Nicholson to Lecture SMU about Tapping ESPN's Stephen A. Smith to Give Black History Month Lecture.


You seem less qualified to opine on the selection than Stephen A. Smith is to be the selection.  


But I'll ask, who is: (1) better qualified; (2) likely to attract as many people; and (3) interested in speaking at SMU for little or no money?  That will be a very short list.  And I hate Stephen A. Smith.  

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

I suppose you could make the argument that Smith's current celebrity status as a sports commentator might bring in a few more attendees than, say, Dr. Cornell West. Then again, West was in those Matrix movies, so I could easily be wrong on that.

libtard_apologist
libtard_apologist

In most situations, white-guilter lefties don't know whether to shit or go blind.

libtard_apologist
libtard_apologist

Thanks for proving once again what a phenomenal dumbshit you are, Sanders Kaufman.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@bvckvs  in the south?  Boy you say some stupid shit, Thats pretty much how it is anywhere in the US

ruddski
ruddski

Kevin Kline, cloning? A paranoid narcissist?

JFPO
JFPO

Thanks, BuzzFeed.

JFPO
JFPO

What does Hockey Night in Canada have to do with this?

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@ScottsMerkin @bvckvs

That belief that southern culture is the same as the culture "anywhere in the U.S." is a common sentiment among southerners.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@ScottsMerkin

Since it's true, it's not an over-generalization at all.  It's just an ordinary, every-day fact.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@bvckvs @ScottsMerkin  well that huge over generalization you made is completely idiotic, but thats ok, its expected these days

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@ScottsMerkin

Nobody claimed you were.  Get over yourself.  Not everything is about you.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

Funny considering im not from the south

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