CLICK HERE TO READ PART 1 Sickamore  wrote:

You're confused. But I put both your original article and reply to my e-mail on anyway. I'll let the people decide at this point. In my opinion you get paid to be the black representative on ESPN's site and it isn't something you should take lightly. Especially exploiting Darrent Williams death with no facts so you can say "look how bad my people are, guys". You have no solutions in your article, therefore you're part of the problem. 

Taking American gangster off of TV isn't going to do anything. You should give your people more credit then to say every black death is because of a hip-hop song or a movie. We're are really not that dumb. But at the end of the day, you have a quota to fill and why not make more money being the yessa boss in the house? I should thank god for people like you. If there weren't any Jemele Hill's, there wouldn't be any Malcolm X's. It's a business and I shouldn't knock a college educated sister doing her thing.

Good luck Oreo


 On 1/8/07, J Hill> wrote:

I take my role as a black columnist very seriously. In fact, I take it so seriously that I'm more than willing to bear lame name-calling from you -- notice, I haven't called you anything (yet) -- if it means speaking the truth. I'd rather tell black folks what they need to know, rather than what they want to hear.
We're told BET is our network and how proud we should be of them, but rarely do we challenge their programming. I know they're owned by Viacom, but from what I understand, the head of programming is black. So, what's their excuse? We're told to buy music and go to certain movies so we can "support" black people. But again, we never question the product they're putting out. If I'm a sellout 'cause I hate movies like Soul Plane, so be it. Now, I'm not saying watching Scarface makes you want to shoot people, but certainly the avalanche of those types of movies/music/etc., in our community fosters already disenfranchised attitudes, leading to destruction. That's a dangerous mix when statistics show that violence has destroyed our community more than any other. If you can't see that, you just can't.
I understand your violent reaction because the one thing that black people don't want to face is that some of these things we love so much -- for some reason, Flava Flav's show comes to mind -- is nothing but modern-day cooning that holds us back as a people. Harsh, but true.
I guess I'm supposed to appreciate that you put my return e-mail on the XXL site. I hope it fosters discussion. But you probably need the publicity more than I do.