ESPN host Stephen A. Smith said Tuesday that he hopes every black person in America votes for a Republican in "just one" election.
The comments came toward the end of a talk at the Impact Symposium at Vanderbilt University in Nashville and were captured on audio by a conservative website.
"Before we get on out of here ... I'm about to say something that people might take, put out there or whatever the case might be. Buckle up and get ready," he said.
“What I dream is that for one election, just one, every black person in America vote Republican,” Smith continued. "Want me to tell you why I feel that way?"
"From what I’ve read, Barry Goldwater is going against Lyndon B. Johnson. He’s your Republican candidate; he is completely against the civil rights movement. Lyndon B. Johnson was in favor of it — civil rights legislation," Smith explained.
"What happens is, he wins office, Barry Goldwater loses office, but there was a Senate, a Republican Senate, that pushed the votes to the president’s desk. It was the Democrats who were against civil rights legislation — the southern Dixiecrats. So because President Lyndon B. Johnson was a Democrat, black America assumed the Democrats were for it."
Smith didn't stop there.
"Black folks in America are telling one party, 'We don’t give a damn about you.' They’re telling the other party, 'You’ve got our vote.' Therefore, you have labeled yourself 'disenfranchised' because one party knows they’ve got you under their thumb. The other party knows they’ll never get you and nobody comes to address your interest," he said.
"We don't do that with politics," he added. "And then blame white America for our disenfranchisement. It is us."
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