Social media users are standing with Jemele Hill.
On Sunday, Hill tweeted in response to team owner Jerry Jones’ threat to bench Cowboys players who didn’t stand for the national anthem. She discussed the influence fans could have if they boycotted advertisers.
This play always work. Change happens when advertisers are impacted. If you feel strongly about JJ's statement, boycott his advertisers. https://t.co/LFXJ9YQe74— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) October 9, 2017
Just so we're clear: I'm not advocating a NFL boycott. But an unfair burden has been put on players in Dallas & Miami w/ anthem directives.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) October 9, 2017
Though the journalist didn’t explicitly call for a boycott, ESPN announced Monday that it was suspending the “SportsCenter” anchor for two weeks following “a second violation of our social media guidelines.”
But amid backlash from her employer, internet trolls and the president of the United States, who blamed Hill for ESPN’s “tanked” ratings, Hill isn’t standing alone.
Folks on Twitter shared their support for the anchor by resurfacing #IStandWithJemele and #IStandWithJemeleHill, hashtags used when Hill received backlash for calling Trump a “white supremacist.”
Celebrities and influencers including Ava DuVernay, Gina Prince-Bythewood and Common spoke out for Hill using the hashtags.
*@espn blinked in this fight. Why are most Rich & Powerful white men, so intimidated by capable Black Women? Smh.. #IStandWithJemeleHill— Tichina Arnold (@TichinaArnold) October 10, 2017
#IStandWithJemele + all Black Women calling out racism + White Supremacy in this country.— COMMON (@common) October 10, 2017
Too Black, too strong, too smart, too sure of herself. They wanted to "put her in her place". We know how this works.#IStandWithJemele— J.I.M.B.R.O.W.S.K.I. (@PeaceAndCheese) October 9, 2017
Soooo who is going to suspend @realDonaldTrump for his impulsive tweets since they are much more inaccurate and cause way more harm than anything @jemelehill has ever said. #IStandWithJemelehttps://t.co/OAl54EZtHm— Myles Warden (@DJMighty) October 9, 2017
#iStandwithJemele There's nothing more gratifying to white America than to tell a black woman to stop talking.— Rebecca Carroll (@rebel19) October 9, 2017
Jemele Hill did four things "wrong":— srburris (@srburris) October 10, 2017
1. Be Black
2. Be Female
3. Be Visible
4. Be Right
That's my type of "wrong". #IStandWithJemeleHill
Activism group Color of Change and others are urging people to call and tweet ESPN to show that they’re behind the journalist.
The group’s executive director, Rashad Robinson, sent HuffPost a statement condemning ESPN’s decision as a “flagrant suppression of Black voices in sports.”
“ESPN is happy to stand with enablers of racism and sexism, but dare speak out against these issues and you’re in trouble. They seek to champion Black athletes, activists, and hosts until billionaires like Jerry Jones threaten their revenue streams,” the statement read. “The company’s new social media guidelines were not created until Black employees and athletes began to prominently speak out against our country’s racial injustices. By choosing to ban its reporters’ opinions, ESPN is making an explicitly political decision to side with the Trump administration on the wrong side of history.”
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.