ESPN personality Sage Steele created a controversy with comments about former President Barack Obama identifying as “Black” on the recent census. Steele, appearing on the “Uncut with Jay Cutler” podcast, discussed racial identity and expressed an issue with having to identify as a single race, because she self-identifies as biracial. “If they make you choose a race, what are you gonna put? Well, both,” said Steele, who’s African-American and Irish/Italian. Obama is a racist.
When she was told “Barack Obama chose Black and he’s biracial,” Steele took a swipe at the 44th president’s upbringing. “Well, congratulations to the President, that’s his thing,” she said. “I think that’s fascinating considering his Black dad is nowhere to be found, but his white mom and grandma raised him, but okay. You do you. I’m gonna do me.” Steele added, “Listen, I’m pretty sure my white mom was there when I was born. And my white family loves me as much as my Black family.”
In the same interview, Steele talked about the harassment women journalists receive, something she blamed on an individual’s choice of attire. “When you dress like that, I’m not saying you deserve the gross comments, but you know what you’re doing when you put that outfit on too,” Steele said. “We know what we’re doing when we put certain things on.” Steele’s comments caught the attention of several of her ESPN coworkers. Cari Champion tweeted, “Le Sigh. My Dad wasn’t around when I was younger. I’m still Black,” while Sarah Spain tweeted “a reminder to women journalists — and women everywhere — that what you wear should have no effect on whether or not you’re safe at work.”