Fox Sports 1's Undisputed co-host Shannon Sharpe might have taken a few too many shots to the head during his football playing days.
Sharpe told fellow co-host Skip Bayless that "the hardest job in America is being black."
While I wasn't aware that people received a paycheck simply for their skin color, Sharpe expanded on why he believes his statement is true.
Here is Sharpe's full comment:
I've said numerous times the hardest job in America isn't being a professional athlete. It's not being a bull fighter or a matador or having some job that puts your life at risk. The hardest job in America is being black because it's the one thing you can’t outrun. Skip, I was born dirt poor but I rose through the rank because God gave me a talent, I cultivated and I rose up through the ranks. But even as I became more famous and more financially secure, guess what I still was? Black.
Sharpe has been "famous" for most of his adult life, and while he did grow up poor, he took the talents that God gave him, worked hard and turned his life into a success story.
However, the way Sharpe talks about it you would think that him being black was some sort of handicap.
Sharpe's comments came on the heels of reports that basketball star LeBron James' home was vandalized with racist language. While calling someone racist names are strictly abhorrent, it is no different, or at least it shouldn’t be any different, than someone calling someone a "Nazi" simply because of their political affiliation.
Either way, it's not clear how being black has hindered Sharpe in his professional life, especially considering once his football playing days were over he stepped directly into broadcasting.
Even though I can't relate to being black, I can relate to being called vile names simply because I'm not a liberal.
If Sharpe being black is such a difficult job, then he most definitely wouldn't have the enormous platform he does in which to make such bold claims.
Racism remains prevalent because of this victimhood mentality that the powers-that-be have instilled in the public since they were old enough to spell.
White, black or any other color, a person in the U.S. has the ability to make their own destiny. But, if that person constantly uses an excuse as to why they’re not in the position they desire to be in, that's not racism. That's a cop-out.
For video of Sharpe’s comments, watch below: