NFL star to Laura Ingraham: You don’t know the definition of ‘segregation’

During a segment on the Ingraham Angle this Monday night, Fox News host Laura Ingraham got some pushback during an interview with New England Patriots tight end Ben Watson when she asked him his opinion on a recent article in The Atlantic by Jemele Hill, who called for black athletes to stop attending white-majority colleges — a proposition that Ingraham characterized as a return to segregation.

“When I saw the uproar over it, I read the article,” Watson told Ingraham. “I agreed with her. She had some great points in that article there.”

Watson went on to point out that historically black colleges have struggled to compete financially with historically white colleges.

“What she was saying was simply we are trying to pump money and revenue into some of these communities that are still big disparities,” Watson said, referring to Hill’s article. “This may be a way to do it. Obviously, that’s in a vacuum for other factors to figure into that but when you read her argument, she lays it out very cleanly and it’s actually something that I agree with.”

Ingraham then told Watson that college athletics “would certainly be a lot different today if we went down a color-coded way of figuring out college admissions.”

“That’s like re-segregating the country,” she said. “Why do we want that?”

“No because segregation, as you know, is government-mandated,” Watson replied. “This is not segregation.”

Watch the segment below:

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Sky Palma

Before launching DeadState back in 2012, Sky Palma has been blogging about politics, social issues and religion for over a decade. He lives in Los Angeles and also enjoys Brazilian jiu jitsu, chess, music and art.