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What did Jemele Hill get wrong?

By Leonard Pitts Jr., Tribune Content Agency on

Let's consider the evidence.

He was sued for systematically refusing to rent to African Americans and settled out of court.

He demanded the death penalty for five black and Hispanic kids charged in the notorious Central Park jogger rape case -- and refuses to recant to this day, though the young men were long ago exonerated and set free.

He had a disdain for African Americans so pronounced that, according to an employee at one of his casinos, supervisors would remove black workers from the floor and ensconce them in a back room whenever he came through.

He was once quoted as saying of a black accountant: "Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day. I think that the guy is lazy. And it's probably not his fault, because laziness is a trait in blacks. It really is, I believe that. It's not anything they can control."

He retweeted racist and anti-Semitic insults from Nazi sympathizers, called Mexican immigrants "rapists" and said a judge was unfit to preside over a case because of his Mexican heritage.

He led the inane "birther" movement that claimed President Obama was born in Kenya.

He suggested moral equivalence between white supremacists and those who oppose them.

He is embraced by bigots, who recognize him as one of their own. Said former Klan leader David Duke, "We are determined to take our country back. ... That's what we believe in. That's why we voted for Donald Trump ..."

So what, pray tell, did Jemele Hill get wrong? Last week, the co-host of ESPN's "SportsCenter" issued tweets calling the so-called president, among other things, "a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists."

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