In today’s edition of White People Be Buggin’ we present to you Philadelphia sports talk radio host Josh Innes.
Innes, who works for WIP, was engaged in an on-air conversation with Hollis Thomas, a black man, about Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce, a white man, attending the introductory press conference for new Eagles head coach Doug Pederson.
Sounds all good, right? Then, Innes went and did what many shock jocks have done over the years when it comes to being disrespectful toward the black experience in America, he feigned ignorance while coming out of his face about race as he labeled Kelce a house negro based upon his own limited understanding of the dynamics explored in the Spike Lee film Malcolm X, which he had recently watched at an airport.
So, you mean to tell me that a professional journalist can watch a movie at an airport and decide he has enough information to speak about it on air?
Must be nice…nice and stupid. You see, first off, the comparison is tantamount to a reach that would dislocate Plastic Man’s shoulder. You mean to tell me that a professional journalist can be so absent of decorum, so desperate for ratings, so stuffed with the hubris of his own myopia that he would engage in something like that on air?
(Photo of Jason Kelce, Credit: USA Today)
Kelce, the white dude Innes called a house negro, doesn’t fit the description for multiple reasons.
First, he’s a white guy.
Second, he’s not a slave.
Lastly, as a Pro Bowl alternate, he is not in a disadvantaged position in the least.
These are just some cursory facts that a 7th grader could discern. Yet, a person who actually gets paid to come up with intelligent commentary came up with this? It’s not necessarily racist, but it’s definitely stupid. But I do give a major side eye to Thomas for not checking him IMMEDIATELY. Instead he simply laughed it off.
Innes: “Here’s the thing though, right, it’s like this. Let me find a good comparison here. I was watching Malcolm X yesterday, I was in the airport in Memphis watching Malcolm X, and there was a scene where Denzel’s doing the whole thing about the slave and the house negro? Right? And like, the house negro is the guy who’s gonna tell you like, oh he gets to live in the big house with the boss and every time he refers to something that happens in the house it’s ‘our house’ and ‘we’ and everything like that. And then there’s the actual slave that isn’t the house negro that’s just trying to run away. Essentially what you’re getting here is Jason Kelce is the house negro is what I’m trying to convey to you.”
Innes: “That’s essentially Jason Kelce’s job: ‘Yessir. Yes boss. Absolutely boss. Yes, sir boss.’ That is Jason Kelce, he is, whoever the head coach is gonna be, he’s gonna be all over that head coach. There’s no arguing, there’s no fussing, there’s no fighting, he’s in with that guy.”
Innis has since been suspended by WIP and has released an apology.
“I’m the dumbest human being on the planet,” Innes said. “I apologize for that, I truly do. I’m an idiot. I see people are making fun of me across the country, and you should be, because I’m stupid."