Tommy Tuberville

Tommy Tuberville rose to prominence as a college football coach, where his success was made due to the efforts put forth by teams consisting predominantly of Black student-athletes. Now that he’s a U.S. Senator, the former Auburn coach seems to be admitting he doesn’t think very much of Black people.

Tuberville asserted Saturday that Democrats support reparations for the descendants of slaves because “they think the people that do the crime are owed that.”

Naturally, the Republican politician made those comments at a rally featuring former President Donald Trump (of course). Tuberville’s comments were part of a larger criticism of Democrats leading up to the November 8 election where supposed rising crime rates have become a talking point for their party. However, Tuberville went out of his way to tie those rising crime rates directly to Black people, a classic stereotype employed often by Republicans to stoke fear.

“They’re not soft on crime,” Tuberville said of Democrats. “They’re pro-crime. They want crime. They want crime because they want to take over what you got. They want to control what you have. They want reparation because they think the people that do the crime are owed that.”

In reality, crime has gone down overall in the last year and most crimes are committed by whites, per the FBI. Also, in spite of Tuberville’s comments, the Democratic Party has no official stance on reparations for Black Americans.

Naturally, these dog whistle comments have created quite a stir around the country, especially in the sports world where Tuberville initially rose to fame.


About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to