April 16, 2024

Jemele Hill Says Caitlin Clark Gets More Coverage Than Black Players

In a surprising twist nobody noticed coming, Jemele Hill believes she has discovered racism.

In a current interview with Uproxx, Hill mentioned the exploits of Caitlin Clark, the best feminine faculty basketball participant. While Hill acknowledges Clark’s prowess on the ground, she believes the Hawkeye star has obtained extra protection as a result of she’s white.

“Everything about this sport has been trending up for years now. It did not just start with Caitlin Clark,” Hill said.

“A study I cited recently for a piece I wrote in The Atlantic [found that] when you compare [the coverage] of, say, someone like (Paige) Bueckers, Sabrina Ionescu, or Caitlin Clark to A’ja Wilson, who has dominated basketball at every single level. She’s probably the best player in the world right now. And I’m not trying to act like she gets no coverage, but the coverage that sometimes non-white women get, or specifically Black women get, is not even close. It’s two-to-one.”

Caitlin Clark of the Iowa Hawkeyes reacts during the fourth quarter of the game against the Colorado Buffaloes in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA...

Caitlin Clark, #22 of the Iowa Hawkeyes, reacts throughout the fourth quarter of the sport towards the Colorado Buffaloes within the Sweet 16 spherical of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament at Climate Pledge Arena on March 24, 2023, in Seattle, Washington. (Alika Jenner/Getty Images)

Hill then introduced up the instance of Aliyah Boston, a black ladies’s basketball participant who performed for South Carolina.

“I mean, Aliyah Boston was the best player in college just a couple of years ago. And she did not get even a 10th of this media coverage that Caitlin Clark did. Now, some people would say, “Oh, it’s her game.” But I don’t suppose it was that. She’s super on tv, and I’m considering, What a missed alternative for the nationwide media to essentially elevate who she was as an individual. Caitlin Clark appears to be an amazing persona, however it isn’t like Caitlin Clark is strolling round saying loopy stuff. They’re simply masking her excellence, and that’s adequate. Whereas it appears like for Black athletes to get the identical quantity of protection and even honest protection, there needs to be one thing further.”

Jemele Hill speaks at 2019 ESSENCE Festival Presented By Coca-Cola at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on July 05, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Jemele Hill speaks on the 2019 ESSENCE Festival Presented By Coca-Cola at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on July 05, 2019, in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Paras Griffin/Getty Images for ESSENCE)

It’s unclear how a lot ladies’s faculty basketball was trending up earlier than Caitlin Clark’s emergence on the nationwide stage. What is obvious is that there is no such thing as a scarcity of bitterness about Clark’s success.

Earlier this month, Lindsay Schnell wrote in USA Today, “Women’s basketball needs faces of the future to be black.”