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Sage Steele And The Holy War Separating Black People

ESPN anchor Sage Steele’s crime against blackness is her practice of Christianity. It’s the same felonious offense that has actor Terry Crews at odds with Twitter’s black culture overseers.

On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Steele complained to ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro that her black colleagues excluded her from a recently-aired television special exploring race. The Journal said on-air hosts Michael Eaves and Elle Duncan told ESPN executives that black viewers wouldn’t accept Steele’s point of view.

Steele is biracial and, as the host of the 6 p.m. SportsCenter, is one of ESPN’s highest profile black broadcasters alongside Stephen A. Smith and Michael Wilbon. Eaves and Duncan are the light-bright-almost-white heirs to the woke throne Jemele Hill and Michael Smith vacated. If the Journal report is true, Eaves and Duncan are using the George Floyd tragedy to diminish Steele, who replaced Hill on the 6 p.m. SportsCenter. 

The daughter of a black Army colonel, Steele has consistently questioned the appropriateness of athletes kneeling during the national anthem. So far, Steele has courageously refused to go along with the corporate-mandated Black Lives Matter propaganda that white racism controls the destiny of black Americans. 

Steele, a Christian, believes God and her own behavior control her destiny. She does not reject the existence of anti-black racism. Here’s what she said in a statement to the WSJ:

“I found it sad for all of us that any human being should be allowed to define someone’s ‘Blackness.’ Growing up biracial in America with a black father and white mother, I have felt the inequities that many, if not all Black and biracial people have felt — being called a monkey, the ‘n’ word, having ape sounds made as I walked by — words and actions that all of us know sting forever. Most importantly, trying to define who is and isn’t Black enough goes against everything we are fighting for in this country, and only creates more of a divide.”

Steele’s statement misdiagnoses the divide in the black community. The divide is between believers and non-believers, between those who practice the faith they profess and those who are content with worshipping God. There’s an enormous disconnect between the worship of God and the practice of the principles taught in the Holy Bible, Holy Quran and Torah.

Worship is easy and fun. Practice is difficult and rewarding.  

The white Marxists financing and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement have recruited black worshippers to join forces with non-believers of all races in the reshaping of America. 

Inside the court of social media, Black Lives Matter and its appointed racial gatekeepers declared the practice of and adherence to the values taught in Christianity as crimes against blackness. It’s a clever political strategy that provokes the abandonment of religious principles that inhibit sexual freedom and the disruption of the nuclear family. 

The next two paragraphs are cut and pasted from the Black Lives Matter website under what the organization believes:

“We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.

“We foster a queer-affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking, or rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual (unless s/he or they disclose otherwise).”

BLM is not hiding its agenda. Celebrities and religious worshippers are hiding theirs. Their support of BLM isn’t rebellious, righteous or pro-black. Their support is a grab for money and power. They sold out because Twitter and media executives reward their compliance and willingness to criminalize BLM conscientious objectors. 

Terry Crews committed felony assault when he cited his faith as reason for concern that Black Lives Matter might turn into Black Lives Better. Crews is a habitual criminal. He’d previously been convicted of felony arson when he stated children raised without fathers would be emotionally “malnourished.”

Steele also is a multiple felon. When interpreting the sports world, she eschews race as her primary lens and instead prioritizes her Christian faith and American patriotism. Her worldview is unique from her black peers who primarily concern themselves with the reaction of Twitter. 

A practicing Christian would never embrace a narrative that white supremacy controls black destiny. Bigotry and unfairness are impediments, sins no more harmful than lust, gluttony and adultery. 

“What then shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” — Romans 8:31

For a black media personality, acting on a Christian worldview is a crime punishable by estrangement from your black peers. The journey of a practicing Christian should be lonely. 

The applause, corporate-backing and popularity raining on the woke expose the fraudulence of their actions.

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Written by Jason Whitlock

Jason Whitlock is a longtime sports writer, TV personality, radio host, podcaster and the newest member of the Outkick family.
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  1. Jason, this piece is spot on. For the celebrities BLM is nothing but a grasp of “money and power”. Also, props to Sage Steele for speaking up for what she believes in and what is right. The whole defining “Blackness” has got to stop. The fact that a black man or woman lives and practices Christian values and gets ostracized for doing so by their very own is absolute lunacy. Unfortunately this is where we are at in 2020. It is sad. Great read as always Jason, looking forward to the next zoom call.

  2. Damn you! I first learned of you from John Welbourn’s @PowerAtheteHQ podcast. Your articles are spot on, but the brilliance of this one forced me to support you by buying an
    @Outkick membership. Now. please find a way to contract w/ @SFY, go back 2 days per wk & save what was my favorite show.

  3. Another great article! This attempt by Marxists to reshape America is dangerous. The celebrities that endorse BLM are too lazy to actually read BLM’s platform and their support of BLM is all about Twitter likes. Marxists and communists don’t practice religion so this is no surprise that Christianity is under attack.

  4. Unfortunately, brave people like Whitlock, Sage, Elder, and a few others, are part of the volume minority. Although, I’d guess we are in the silent majority. Most athletes and Hollyweirdos have no idea what they’re supporting.

  5. Hey Jason,
    Thank you for letting all of us see what’s hiding behind the curtain as the puppets are manipulated and their strings are pulled by the Marxists. Faith, especially Christianity, has always been the #1 enemy of Marxism as you’ve explained many times.
    BIG PROPS to Sage Steele for speaking up and speaking out about the rampant hypocrisy at ESPN.

  6. Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors said in 2015 that she and her fellow organizers are “trained Marxists.”

    “If this country doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn down this system and replace it. All right? And I could be speaking figuratively. I could be speaking literally. It’s a matter of interpretation,” — Hawk Newsome

    “We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear-family-structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and ‘villages’ that collectively care for one another.” Translation: we don’t need fathers and traditional father/mother structure. — from BLM website

    A partner organization, BLM — called M4BL — calls for abolishing all police and all prisons.

  7. Excellent article Jason. I don’t have the vocabulary to say enough about how impactful this, and most all of your writings, are to me. You are a leader and someone people of all races and religions can embrace as aa caring, good person.

  8. Another great article from Jason Whitlock. I’ve been arguing for years that there are few problems between people strictly because of their racial makeup differences, contrary to what the mainstream media would have you believe. It’s an ideological war. The way Sage Steele is perceived to be treated because she doesn’t “fall in line” is a perfect example of this. I commend Sage for not backing down and sticking up for what she believes in, and thinking for herself. Not letting a “hashtag” dictate her thoughts. It’s been really interesting to see who the REAL bullies are in the world.

  9. Sage Steele’s world views are refreshing, especially her confidence standing up to the mob as a biracial woman. The sad thing is that those who are snubbing her this way don’t care.

    I disagree with Jason that non-believers are the problem. Rationality and reason are a strong defense against some of the more obvious Marxist aspects of the BLM organization. Belief in Christianity is a personal choice. Similar to yesterday’s article which said non-believers are afraid of death, there are many atheists and agnostics that agree with a lot of your points, but it seems they are being blamed here.

    I think we are experiencing a fracture in society between people who operate independently and rationally within the rule of law against individuals that exhibit groupthink and base most of their opinions on feelings and emotions.

    • I think Jason simply wishes to point out the efforts of secular Marxists to rip black people away from Christianity, which traditionally has been a big part of black culture. Just another effort for the white leftists to control blacks.

      • It’s happening to more than just religious black people. Many hispanics of various backgrounds have conservative leanings, but the woke brigade does the same with them. Why look to family and community when the Wokesters will speak on your behalf?

        Regarding Jason’s meaning, I agree that’s probably who he is talking about as you stated in your reply.

  10. Sage’s convictions, along with everyone else who stands against the mob should be commended. Part of the ‘wheel and spoke’ method of ruining America is illustrated in the ideals posted in the article. Ruining faithful American families at the center of the wheel will make them vulnerable to all of the other evils in the world that are currently winning. If you can successfully take parents out of the equation then kids are vulnerable to the literal cascade of lies that are fed to them from the industries that they rely on for upbringing, most notably the public school system. Single parents are either working or sleeping…they are not properly raising their kids to fear God and value education as they would when 2 parents are there to share the workload…also I’m not diminishing the roles of extended family as they are integral in many cases of raising children; that being said, the nuclear family is not a social construct, its a biological truth with human beings, especially humans of faith.

  11. Jason , this column just gave me a chill. I immediately thought of Joe Biden’s ” you ain’t black” if you don’t support him comment a few weeks back. As a white guy, I can’t imagine the indignation I would feel if that was said to my nationality or race. I can’t think of a more verbal violation of my humanity! I’m ten years older than you and wonder what happened to looking at one’s character as to opposed to skin color. As an aside, I believe Steele’s dad is Gary . This guy was quite a player at West Point in the late 60’s. I believe it’s him.

  12. So much to take from this.
    My question: What’s it going to take for people to wake up and see what’s really going on?
    I just can’t believe that everyone involved in these matters are buying in to what they’re being sold. Is greed that powerful? Are they ambivalent, apathetic, or just ignorant?

  13. Marxists and communists will always attack (and fear) Christianity, because it’s a living testimony of an authority higher than theirs. Nothing is more terrifying to those ideologies than to lose the vestiges of ultimate authority over people, or for people to realize this material world isn’t the end. That gives people real hope beyond the material, which is blasphemy against the state. They are intolerant of any authority but the state’s, so anyone pointing out people are first accountable to divine authority must be silenced. See why they don’t want to debate their horrific ideas in public?

  14. Jason –

    Your column is SPOT ON… I’m generally the most insufferably pragmatic person I know, however, I believe we are in a true Holy War with the forces of good and evil…

    Race can’t even be discussed intelligently any more…

    Trust me… If we are going to suppress it, we have to be rational, loving, and intelligent… That isn’t happening any longer, it seems…

    Bless you for being a courageous voice for GOOD…

  15. For what it is worth, the “What We Believe” section of BLM has been watered down significantly in the past month now that it is has gone mainstream and has corporate backing. The section before was a Marxist screed which illustrated their true beliefs….which have not changed. It would be great if someone was able to see what was written some months ago.

  16. For what it is worth, the “What We Believe” section of BLM has been watered down significantly in the past month now that it is has gone mainstream and has corporate backing. The section before was a Marxist screed which illustrated their true beliefs….which have not changed.

  17. Matthew: 10: 33- And whoever shall deny Me before men, I also will deny him before My Father in the heavens.

    So there it is. Pick what is more important to you. Will you be safe and slink into the corner and go along with the crowd? Will you tell yourself to keep your head down and stay off the radar?
    They say a coward dies a thousand deaths. Is this really what you want your life to be like?

    Yes, there is some comfort and safety in numbers. At some point however you will be alone and have to face yourself and look at yourself in the mirror. Can you live like that? Knowing full well you’ve totally sold out to this BS movement who denies Christ, Family Values and everything else the Bible teaches?

    Corporations and companies have no soul and have nothing to lose. They can donate and issue policy and support whatever they want. Corporations don’t worship God. Individuals on the other hand, have a choice to make. Understand, if you are a believer, the choices you make now are more important and more eternal then at any other time in history. These decision should not be taken lightly. Make no mistake, we seem to be much closer to end times then at any other time in history.

    When you close your eyes here and wake up on the other side, are you prepared to defend the choices you’ve made? What legacy are you leaving for your children and the rest of your family? How much White guilt are you suffering in order to sacrifice everything you know to be true?

    Stand alone in front of the mirror and answer each and everyone of these questions honestly. See where you are after you’ve had an open and honest conversation with yourself. Don’t be afraid to go against the grain. Remember, it was the screaming crowd who was yelling “crucify Him”. Is that you?

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