The host of Fox Sports 1 “Speak for Yourself,” Jason Whitlock, is facing scrutiny for allowing a man who appears to be white impersonate Colin Kaepernick on his show.
The man wore an afro wig along with a black glove and Kaepernick’s 49er jersey. Making matters worse, the photo that Whitlock later shared on Twitter depicted the man raising a fist in the manner of the black power salute.
Great to have Kap stop by the studio today. pic.twitter.com/2UPuyCdWdK— Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason) September 6, 2017
As expected, the Twitterverse wasted no time responding to Whitlock with criticism and backlash for mocking Kaepernick and his fight for racial justice.
Not a single person at your studio thought this was a bad idea?— Yesse'El Gutiérrez (@yesse_el) September 6, 2017
Nobody's watching his show that's why he tweeted the trash— LaJeanne Mac (@writegirl_nola) September 6, 2017
fixed the pic pic.twitter.com/vsykr3rEDg— Path Of Totality (@JLBarrow) September 6, 2017
Whitlock thats so beneath you. Smh— %Cla$$ic MaN!! (@deshay_phillips) September 6, 2017
You've sunk to a new LOW! I know you don't like the man, but ridiculing his beliefs is COONISH and karma will get you in YOUR career!— Walter Perry (@waltavelli) September 6, 2017
He so angry...self hatred is real, its sad because he is talented but they are using him..its not even buffoonery...not amusing. 😔— 100% Human! (@rwoodswifey) September 6, 2017
God you're an embarrassment.— Tiq Milan (@TheMrMilan) September 6, 2017
Even Whitlock’s own colleague, Shannon Sharpe, called the stunt “unacceptable” and declared that he will be bringing the issue to the higher-ups at Fox Sports.
I'm going to address it with head of Fox sports/FS1 . This is UNACCEPTABLE https://t.co/YNzHmSoD5l— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) September 6, 2017
While Whitlock may not like Kaepernick or agree with the public stance he has taken, going out of his way to humiliate him is tacky and petulant.
Furthermore, with race relations being rocky and white supremacy taking center stage in social and political spaces, it’s imperative that people of color come together in a united front against the hate that is threatening minority communities.
Instead, Whitlock is deliberately tearing another black man down in the name of television ratings.
The sports anchor may not be onboard with Kaepernick’s movement, but using his platform to fuel negativity is doing a great disservice to the ongoing struggle for racial equality.
Amid all of the backlash, TMZ reported that the man in Whitlock's picture is not white, but is actually the fair-skinned black actor Christopher Reid — better known as "Kid" of the "Kid n' Play" duo from the 1990s "House Party" films.
Reid has reportedly not yet confirmed nor denied whether he is the man in the photograph. However, even if it is him, that doesn't make the stunt any less problematic.
In fact, it's even worse to have two black men willingly make a mockery of an important movement that strives to improve the quality of life in America for all people of color, which includes them.
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