An ESPN commentator Jemele Hill, who co-hosts the 6pm hour of SportsCenter has been slammed for comparing police officers to the ‘slave patrols’, that enforced discipline on pre-Civil War plantations.
The remarks were made on Twitter, Hill was lamenting that Kaepernick, who has struggled to find a new contract after making repeated headlines for his protests against the treatment of non-whites, had not been signed by the Baltimore Ravens.
On her Twitter account, Hill wrote, “Oh and ICYMI, the Ravens signed a dude who quit football to be a realtor and played in 2 games in college over a Super Bowl QB”.
User Nathanael Johnson offered a possible reason for the Raven’s decision.
“I feel like it’s been forgotten that he basically called (all) cops “slave patrol” a month ago. I mean, that’s pretty inflammatory.”
“Inflammatory, but historically accurate,” Hill responded to Johnson’s comment.
Johnson replied: “There’s historical truth there, yes … but is it fair to say now to all the cops, esp when many minorities serve?”
“I wouldn’t say all, but it’s been clear for a long time the policing & judicial system are institutionally racist,” Hill wrote.
Kaepernick has struggled to find a team willing to take a chance on him after he was demoted by the 49ers to backup status in 2016 for his refusal to stand during the national anthem. She took to Twitter to remind everyone that Kaepernick is being blacklisted because of his pro-black, anti-police brutality stance. And she signaled out the Baltimore Ravens as evidence of this. The team just signed former Arena Football League quarterback David Olson instead of giving Kaepernick a shot.
Oh and ICYMI, the Ravens signed a dude who quit football to be a realtor and played
in 2 games in college over a Super Bowl QB https://t.co/t8nwfddeqV
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) July 28, 2017
Slave patrols called patrollers, by the slaves, were organized groups of white men who monitored and enforced discipline upon black slaves in the antebellum U.S. southern states. The slave patrols’ function was to police slaves, especially runaways and defiant slaves. They also formed river patrols to prevent escape by boat. Slave patrols were first established in South Carolina in 1704, and the idea spread throughout the colonies.