Sports commentator Bomani Jones stepped in to co-host ESPN”s Mike & Mike yestreday, and what would have been an ordinary show turned into something much bigger when viewers noticed what Bomani was wearing.
The Right Time host wore a shirt with the word “Caucasians” emblazoned across the chest and a parody of the Cleveland Indians’ Chief Wahoo. The shirt, created by Shelf Life Clothing, is meant to point out how problematic Chief Wahoo is, but it seems many fans completely missed the point.
It bothers me that @bomani_jones is wearing a ‘Caucasian’ shirt…— Lawrence Jackson (@LoJackson94) April 7, 2016
but wait, I thought @bomani_jones didn’t make everything about race?— Rob Burrel (@RobertBurrel) April 7, 2016
I wanna see a white guy that works for @ESPN, wear a shirt that says “Africans” on national tv, without any repercussion.— e (@Efrisco_) April 7, 2016
Still, most of Twitter understood the message and got the point of Bomani’s shirt, some even had jokes for those who were offended.
Everyone who comments on @bomani_jones shirt and says, “That’s racist to white ppl” admits these logos are racist to Native Americans.— Cecily Doyle (@CoutureWriter) April 7, 2016
The Venn diagram between people mad about @bomani_jones shirt and people mad they can’t use the N word is a perfect circle.— Alan Mundy (@idontwan2know) April 7, 2016
Are white folks really mad about @bomani_jones wearing a Caucasians shirt? Is he upholding some sort of Caucasian oppression? I’s confused.— Elon James White (@elonjames) April 7, 2016
And, if you’re worried about how Bomani Jones is handling all this drama, don’t be. He’s doing just fine.
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