"...down with the cause."
December 21, 2012 7:47 AM   Subscribe

My question, which is just a straight, honest question, is ... is he a 'brother,' or is he a cornball 'brother?' He's not really ... he's black, but he's not really down with the cause. He's not one of us.

Robert Griffin III is last years Heismen Trophy winning quarterback who is currently enjoying a successful first season with the Washington Redskins. RGIII just happens to be black and has recently made comments that he would rather be defined by his work ethic rather than his race.

This didn't sit well with one ESPN sports journalist. During a panel discussion on the networks "First Take" show, Rob Parker expressed concerns with RGIII's choice in spouse and politics and questioned his "blackness" and called him a "cornball brother". Mr. Parker was subsequently suspended for 30 days.

As an older white guy, who has pride in how far the US has come during my lifetime in racial matters, I'm troubled by these comments. I wonder if this type of thinking is prevalent in the black community? Should it be considered a form of racism, or the views of one ignorant man?
posted by incandissonance (0 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: That seems like a pretty dumb thing for that guy to say but I'm not sure we need a post for it and framing a post with discussion questions is pretty much a no go here. -- cortex


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