Stephen A. Smith’s Non-Apology ‘Apology’ 


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By Keith Boykin, Word in Black

His comparison of Trump’s legal issues to the struggles of Black people shows influential Black folks must educate, not just entertain.

Stephen A. Smith defended Trump’s claim that “Black folks find him relatable because what he is going through is similar to what Black Americans have gone through.” (Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)

Stephen A. Smith has apologized for remarks last week suggesting that Trump was receiving support from the Black community because we relate to his legal woes.

“A lot of folks in Black America seem pretty pissed at me right now,” said the controversial ESPN host. “For that, I sincerely apologize.”

But it wasn’t really an apology. 

Smith claimed that his words were “misconstrued, “taken out of context,” and misrepresented him in a way that he found “every bit as insulting and disrespectful as folks in Black America evidently felt about what they thought I said.”


Smith appeared on the Fox News “Hannity” show on April 18 and discussed Trump’s claim that “Black folks find him relatable because what he is going through is similar to what Black Americans have gone through.” Trump “wasn’t lying,” Smith said. “He was telling the truth.”

“When you see the law…being exercised against him, it is something that Black folks throughout this nation can relate to with some of our historic, iconic figures,” Smith told Fox News viewers. 


Of course, Black people were upset. It’s insulting that Smith seems to compare Trump’s four criminal indictments and 88 felony charges to the legal attacks on iconic Black historical figures, presumably including people like Marcus GarveyRosa ParksMartin Luther King, Jr., and Angela Davis, who were targeted by law enforcement because they were fighting for Black people. 

Trump, on the other hand, is facing two criminal cases for fighting against Black people by trying to throw out millions of Black votes in Atlanta, Detroit, Philadelphia, and other cities with large Black populations in states he lost in 2020.

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