ESPN Host: Trump Has Signaled to ‘White Mainstream’ That It’s Okay to Be Racist ESPN Host: Trump Has Signaled to ‘White Mainstream’ That It’s Okay to Be Racist – NTK Network

ESPN Host: Trump Has Signaled to ‘White Mainstream’ That It’s Okay to Be Racist

"There is a permissive kind of atmosphere that makes people feel unsafe. Others from minority groups feel unsafe."

By NTK Staff | 02.16.2018 @1:12pm

ESPN’s Max Kellerman alleged that President Donald Trump has made it okay for the “white mainstream” to believe it’s acceptable to be racist during a segment on ESPN’s “First Take,” Friday.

Kellerman and ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith were discussing comments made by Lebron James and Kevin Durant during an interview with ESPN in which they blasted Trump’s leadership.

Kellerman and Smith spent 10 minutes blasting Trump for what they perceived as a lack of leadership, which has allowed the “white mainstream” to believe it’s acceptable to be racist in America.

“From that position, it is true others in our past have in that position have dog whistled to racists, have sown division for political gain, but never as overtly as this,” Kellerman said referring to the power of the presidency.

“There are many people who have come in from the margins in American life, minority groups excluded from mainstream American life for years, who right now feel the advances that were made are under attack. There is blatant signaling to others, really the white mainstream, how else can you phrase it? That it is okay,” Kellerman continued. “There is a permissive kind of atmosphere that makes people feel unsafe. Others from minority groups feel unsafe.”

After Kellerman’s remarks, Smith added that he thought that there’s a “fear factor,” to the Trump presidency.

“What I have consistently talked about is the behavior. And the behavior and the residual impact of that behavior on our society as it pertains to various communities that are outside the white community,” Smith said. “When you look from that perspective, there is no denying there is a level of discomfort and a level of fear that has been generated because of how loose the behavior has been, and he is not held to a standard that 20-year-olds who happen to be professional athletes are held to. And that is what I think is an absolute disgrace.”

The remarks echo those of veteran NBA shooting guard Dwayne Wade, who criticized on Twitter Fox News host Laura Ingraham, who told James to “Shut up and dribble” on her broadcast Thursday night in response to the ESPN clip.

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