ESPN Sportscenter host Jemele Hill was right about President Donald Trump.

On Sept. 11, Hill tweeted a reply in a thread involving musician Kid Rock’s recent political speech: “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.”

Her tweet was condemned by Trump supporters far and wide.

Hill, who was previously suspended by ESPN in 2008 for saying “rooting for the Celtics is like saying Hitler was a victim,” was correct in her latest assessment. Look into the backgrounds of former White House staffer Steve Bannon and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. In Bannon’s first stint as executive chairman of Breitbart, the conservative website had a tab for readers to click on a section called “Black Crime.” Former colleagues of Sessions testified in hearings for his federal judgeship that they heard him use a racial slur and joked about the Ku Klux Klan, saying he thought they “were OK until I learned they smoked pot.”

But here’s where Hill’s words and history, whether some of you like it not, matches up.

In 1915, D.W. Griffith made a film called “Birth of Nation,” a movie that portrayed the Ku Klux Klan, a hate group, as sympathetic figures. President Woodrow Wilson later held a screening of the film in the White House, calling it “Like writing history with lightning.”

Griffith, the son of a Confederate Army colonel, painted black people in the movie as savage and dimwitted, images a lot of people still continue to believe.

A little over 100 years later, the same Klan supported Trump for president, saying, “The desire to make America great again touches at the very heart of Americans who are having a harder and harder time identifying with this new American image,” Klan publication The Crusader stated. “And while they feel like strangers the reality is that it is strangers which have invaded our land and now dictate to us policies loathsome and vile to witness this deplorable change which has taken place, it becomes even more alarming when we see this ‘life style’ (sic) being imposed on our tiny children.”

The Trump campaign said this regarding the support of the Klan: “This publication is repulsive and their views do not represent the tens of millions of Americans who are uniting behind our campaign.”

We’re at the point in American history where we can’t even decide if something is blatantly racist or not. If what I’m saying is hard for you to understand, ask yourself when a white person says “Black people are killing each other in the inner city; it’s not racist since it’s true,” why is that person’s thoughts seen as “the truth?” But when Hill calls President Trump “Hitler,” why is she branded a racist?

And while many of you have your thinking caps on, did these folks worry about ESPN’s politics when the channel aired a segment on then-Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s high school basketball career?

Nope!

Did they complain when ESPN hired conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh?

No, they didn’t.

This is what makes what Hill said stand up even more. Her naysayers’ complaints are solely based along party lines. And when challenged with historical facts, they fold faster than a U-Haul box.

How do you expect someone to follow your “rules” and when you break them with impunity?

By using the same propaganda D.W. Griffith used 102 years ago.

— Evan F. Moore is a syndicated columnist with GateHouse Media. He writes about the intersection of race, violence and culture. His work has been featured in Rolling Stone, Chicago Tribune and Ebony. Follow him on Twitter @evanfmoore.