Wed. Apr 21st, 2021

Emmanuel Acho Launches Uncomfortable Conversations With A Black Man

“As of Tuesday morning, the video has received nearly 871,000 views, over 30,000 likes, 14,000 retweets and over 1000 comments.”

Emmanuel Acho is a rising star in the sports media and he took to Twitter Monday with a video addressing the current racial tensions in America called Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man.  Acho’s tweet begins, “Dear white people, for days you’ve asked me what you can do to help. I’ve finally found an answer. Let your guard down and listen.”

In the nearly 10 minute segment that followed, Acho, a former standout linebacker at The University of Texas and current contributor to ESPN’s Morning show Get UP! (though it was announced in May that he will be leaving for FS1), addresses questions posed to him by his White friends.

“I fervently believe that if the White person is your problem, only the white person can be the solution,” Acho said. “So this is made for you my white brothers and sisters, so that you can increase your level of understanding, so you can increase your level of compassion and lead ultimately to change.”

Throughout the video, Acho addresses four questions: Why are Black People rioting instead of peaceful protests? Why does white privilege exist?, How come you can say the N-word and we can’t?, and How come Black people care more about white on Black crime than Black on Black crime?

To answer each question, Acho offers an explanation and then an example. For the issue of rioting, Acho says, “I don’t condone rioting and I’m sure you don’t either, because for the most part Black people who are looting and rioting destructively are destroying their own homes. But when you think about the five different stages of grief. You come up to one stage, anger. Sometimes emotions don’t know their actions. I remember my Mom when I was a child, she lost her sister. I just remember her yelling and screaming and throwing herself into a wall. Throwing yourself into a wall  is not going to change anything. You are actually harming yourself, but sometimes pain and hurt, it does not know how to express itself.”

Acho used similar methodology to answer the other three questions and it resonated with many people on Twitter. As of Tuesday morning, the video has received nearly 871,000 views, over 30,000 likes, 14,000 retweets and over 1000 comments. Many of those retweets came from Acho’s ESPN colleges like Jim Mora Jr. and Dan Orlovsky but they also came from Indy Car driver Pippa Mann and Kansas City Chiefs Defensive End Alex Okafor, among many others.

Acho says he hopes the video is the first of many as he looks to make Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man a recurring feature. He did not go into any detail about when the next video will be posted, but he does invite viewers to leave questions for him to answer, calling it a safe space where they can educate themselves.

“The only way we can solve this issue,” Acho concludes, “Is by exposure, education, compassion and empathy.”

23 thoughts on “Emmanuel Acho Launches Uncomfortable Conversations With A Black Man

  1. I very respectfully ask you to familiarize yourself with the case of Eve Carson, student body president of the University North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She was a peaceful, loving, bright, leader of young people on a college campus . She was the student Body President at UNC Chapel Hill. She was hunted-down, preyed upon, targeted and killed. Senseless, tragic killing by two young black men who simply wanted to empty her bank account at an ATM machine. A beautiful, promising life, with SO much potential, cut short. If you were a female college student at UNC in the wake of this senseless, brutal kidnapping and murder, wouldn’t you be a little more guarded around young black males hanging out near campus, especially ones who are not students at the university.? Wouldn’t that be a natural human reaction? Is this all that different from young black men being , understandably, fearful of white police officers? Your thoughts? Listening. Thank you for providing this opportunity to communicate with one another. God bless.

    1. Hi. Emmanuel Acho doesn’t work here. Leave this comment on his Twitter feed.

    2. If her murderers were not sought, tried, sentenced, or jailed, then this is rhe place for your question.

    3. That’s the problem. You used an example of two black men that attacked and killed a girl and literally said “wouldn’t you be a bit more guarded around young black males?”. Let me ask you, if her kidnappers have happened to be two white males, would you have immediately called to be suspicious of ANY young white male lingering around in odd areas? And how do you KNOW someone is not a student?

      That “one bad apple automatically spoils the whole bunch” thinking that is applied to black men is dangerous and could put a young black male that IS a student in danger (and yes plenty of black men do go to college and believe it or not, most aren’t student athletes).

      I can see that someone like you wouldn’t even think to differentiate. Young black male on a college campus = He’s not a student and he’s a criminal. Especially if he carries and dresses himself in a way that aligns with his culture vs being “safe” to white people.

      And as one person said, when black males commit crimes 9/10 times they ARE convicted and put away for a VERY long time. White cops are not.

      The problem is that white cops get more leeway than black males who do the same thing and there is no consideration for the various systematic roadblocks that put young black males in the situation that they feel they have no other options. Many of these guys have had their futures ruined over pot possessions, the same thing that white guys nowadays are trading over the stock market nowadays and making millions over. Solve a lot of those roadblocks and you’d see a lot less wayward young black men.

      These protests and movements are not just about police violence. They are about the systems in place that put black people at a disadvantage. Police brutality is just one tip of the iceberg.

  2. The video of Emanuel Echo was excellent. I have shared with friends and want to follow this series. How do I subscribe do I will be aware of his next video
    Compliments to Jacob Conley

  3. While on the whole I felt Mr. Archo spoke well and would keep anyone engaged in whatever he had to say, but he lost me when he addressed the demonstrations going on at this moment as simply Black People Rioting.
    I dismiss the negative connotation of these demonstrations as being just a bunch of black people running through the streets intent on being destructive to draw attention to this plight, when the whole world has spoken up and have demonstrations going on.
    Frankly, from the media reports I see, it appears to me there are more white people out there than black. Yes, the crowd is loud and the screams for the various causes are in your face. But that’s how it is in any organized demonstration. The difference here is there is not organized groups with the intent on defacing monuments and placing graffiti everywhere – white kids, Latino kids, right in front spray painting BLM and breaking windows. I’m glad the demonstrations were staged in high end locations but even that caught me by surprise. Was that a plan to make the high end stores more accessible? This was the perfect cover for the original burglaries being done. The original robbers do their business then leave the door open so the young kids and mob to take advantage and the blame.
    I never made it to the end of Mr. Archo’s commentary. I may see more, but not as a fan.

  4. I heard you on the Michael Smerconish program this morning and immediately watched your video. Thank you.

    1. Hi. Emmanuel Acho doesn’t work here. Leave this comment on his Twitter feed.

  5. Brilliant. I am a 64 year old white woman that grew up not really recognizing racial differences, in other words “Pollyanna”. I always believed all people were created equal. Not being a racists is simply not enough, we have to change the system so it really is equal and we have to do it with empathy and compassion and reason. It is difficult to understand what a black person feels, but I certainly understand the anger and frustration of the current situation and how it has built over a LONG period of time. I am hoping that this is enough to get those of us who were quiet to educate ourselves and take action to make the changes necessary to create change. The pain I see in the protests breaks my heart.

  6. Black and white relationships and respect for each other’s cultural differences will never change as long as both groups live to solve and right the past. Both groups have a internal element that for the black community they are still trying to solve slavery and oppression, and a segment of our white society still look at our black brothers and sisters as someone who should still be oppressed. These two factions have existed ever since Lincoln freed the slaves. Let’s be REAL honest. These two groups have and will always exist because they are self perpetuating in their own social circles. These problems will never cease until ALL OF US stop seeing color and start seeing the human being that was created in the likeness of God. God is black, white, yellow, tan. He is the God for All of us. Like so many issues in this country we are divided because of one body, GOVERNMENT. Our elected officials and those who nationally speak on behalf of our races keep the fires of racism fanned because it serves a purpose, ELECTABILITY and news ratings. Even during this pandemic we are being divided into two classes, ESSENTIAL and NON-ESSENTIAL. This results in CONTROL. GOVERNMENT is telling you and I who is worthy to work and who is not. Just like they define us by party and who is affiliated with each political group. They separate us instead of joining us to make this country more civil, equal, fair, considerate, helpful, loving. Instead they want us hating each other and will even lie to all of us to keep us divided as a nation, because you divide to conquer. As a white person I feel just as oppressed by those in our government (Black & White) who are treated on a different level than myself, and I don’t think my feelings of inequality are that much different. If I were to commit any of the crimes several elected officials have committed my rights are extremely limited compared to theirs. I am profiled by many politicians as deplorable, gun toting, homophobic and racist. I am portrayed this way everyday and nothing could be farther from the truth just as my black brothers and sisters are put into categories that are also untrue and unfair.
    As long as we continue to try and solve the problems of the past FIRST we will never move forward as a UNITED color free nation. Rest assured the political elite, the financially elite, the media elite, and those who speak on the existence of racial injustice have a vested interest in keeping US divided. Keeping us divided occupies our psyche while they continue to manipulate and control our world to keep us divided while they achieve the one thing that is MOST important to them, POWER. With power comes control and neither of these elements recognizes skin color. It sees only one thing MANIPULATION on their terms. I am 66 yrs. old. I have friends and family of all colors as our society has moved to a more racially integrated philosophy. Leaving color out I am angered at how the human element in our society treats each other especially during times of civil unrest. No one should have their property destroyed, their body attacked, their right to be productive burned, their ability to exist and contribute removed. As much as we have discussed our differences all these years, the element of fear, distrust, hatred and retaliation still exists. WHY? Because that is what those who have always controlled our government, economy and our ability to contribute to society want. They want us divided, they want us in chaos, they want us hating each other because as I’ve stated you divide to conquer. That is their goal to keep us all oppressed in one form or another so that their will never be enough unity to remove the festered splinter that keeps us all iritated.

    1. D Watkins… your words spoke so eloquently written express so much truth to make us all think. Certainly made me think to better understand all I’ve felt on what justice can there be with such unrest in the world. Thank you for your very intelligent and heartfelt message.

  7. If folks are upset that NFL players kneel during the anthem. Why not do it before the anthem are maybe at half time.It would make for less confusion.

    1. LMAO are you serious? The point is making a statement. You literally are saying their protest is not work making you uncomfortable.

  8. If take a knee is not disrepecting the flag then was is it done during the pledge and the national athemn? and why so closely related to burning the flag protests in the 70’s.

  9. I watched the Stephen Colbert show tonight and went to Google to find more information on your program. Thank you for giving me a place to get information not available anywhere else.

  10. Looking forward to more of your programs. Looked you up on Google after seeing the Stephen. Colbert program tonight.

  11. Saw the Stephen Colbert program tonight and am looking forward to more of this information.
    In this time it is very important. Thank you!

  12. I just found out about the second episode and while I understand the intention of “anti-racist” as working to undo racism, the problem I see with “anti-” is that it is simply opposite (in addition to against), meaning that “anti-racism” is still racism. What is labeled as “not racist” by whites is very likely what Emmanuel wants: to not judge people on their race or color of skin. However, the difference is that the focus is always on us needing to change instead of just asking maybe the change is in our attitudes. Without knowing, case-by-case, if it is the white’s attitude or the black’s attitude. There are things that black people want to do that whites tend to be prevalent in yet, the reverse also occurs as well.

    If two people are in a bitter discussion in public, I will hang around if need-be to intervene. If they are strangers, I will be more likely to do that whereas I am not so likely to do that if they appear to know each other. Case-by-case and whether or not I am up to it or not, or even if I could find a way to justify my intervention if need-be. Pretty much, I see it as being a life-guard saving a drowning person: never immediately jump in; find a way to help, but also recognize that perhaps they are not drowning but just acting like a jerk (probably not the case but could be 1% of the time?).

    An easier example is that I have different things I do with people, regardless of language or appearance, than animals. Yet we are all animals. But I cannot hope to communicate with an “animal” such as a cat or dog or coyote. So if I see two animals at night and then one catches up and I hear a bad sound, I am likely not to investigate whereas I would call the cops or go check myself to make sure everyone is okay. I live in an area where coyotes are present as well as stray cats, more so than stray dogs. All four of us (cats, dogs, coyotes, humans) are animals, yet I do different things depending on how likely the threat is to me as well as the ability to communicate. If someone speaks Chinese, Arabic, French, or English, I will likely react differently but usually we all will be able to speak English or use gestures if we are in America. And I will not approach people unless I know them and have interacted with them: Arabs have particular customs even if they are naturalized or several-generation American; blacks could be discussing business and making money, sports, or anime; whites are likely cowering in a corner somewhere because… well… we are always bound to piss off someone.

    Is every part of America anti-racist? Probably not. Is it better than 20 or 40 or 100 years ago? Most likely.

    One last thing, is that white males commit suicide more than any other demographic. Males are about three times more likely than female. So sure, what you may see about whites is “white privilege” but although I could agree with you… I do see and feel that whites have a lot to deal with silently and thus are more likely to be able to listen to everyone more than just their own community or those who look like them. More likely to commit suicide because of being white or male is not exactly what I would think of as a privilege anyone wants. Yet also, I do enjoy being extremely compassionate even if it leads me down roads of silent struggle.

    Case-in-point: How likely are you to accept the George Floyd protests if it were Martin Gugino? And people went around saying “White Lives Matter” in order to spread awareness of police brutality? …Most likely, if I asked you that last month, you would call me a white supremacist. And yet I see myself as an equalist that happens to be white.

    “Equality for All, not just the vocal.”
    “It takes more courage to defend something I hate, than to provoke someone I love.”

    Both are quotes of myself, whoever I am, because I think they are something we can all agree on if we were in a civil discourse about the best solution for all.

  13. Thank you fro helping me to keep an open mind.
    This is hard for me to wrap my mind around since I have always seen people for the person that they are and not a color. I agree that it is important to understand the history of a person and through relationships these contestations happen and we are able to get to know each other as individuals.

    Question: You mention “Black people are dying at the hands of White people” can you explain why the 3 other police of different race/color in the George Floyd Minnesota incident are not being mentioned in these conversations?

  14. I agree with most of what Mr. Acho has said. My exception is use of the “N” word by black people saying it has been turned into a term of endearment. That’s like saying a battered woman can accept the excuse that her batterer loves her. I’m sorry but a million “I love you’s” cannot be acceptable after that behavior. Once someone has hit me, he has knocked all the love out of me. Anytime I hear the “N” word, no matter who it comes from, brings a negative response from me.

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