Skip to comments.RG III Gets 'Uncle Tom' Treatment
Posted on 12/27/2012 4:42:49 AM PST by Kaslin
To a black ESPN sports analyst, this is the critical question: Is Robert Griffin III, aka RG III, the black rookie sensation Washington Redskins quarterback, "a brother, or is he a cornball brother?" What has RG III done or said to raise a suspicion about his bona fides as a black person? More importantly, what does this have to do with appreciating -- or choosing not to appreciate -- Griffin as an athlete?
Turns out RG III fancies himself as a quarterback who happens to be black -- as opposed to a black quarterback. When asked for the millionth time about his status as a "black quarterback," Griffin responded: "I don't play too much into the color game, because I don't want to be the best African-American quarterback, I want to be the best quarterback."
And, when asked at a press conference about Martin Luther King Jr., RG III said: "For me, you don't ever want to be defined by the color of your skin. You want to be defined by your work ethic, the person that you are, your character, your personality. That's what I've tried to go out and do. I am an African-American in America. That will never change. But I don't have to be defined by that."
Such an attitude doesn't cut it with ESPN's Rob Parker, who in addition to the "cornball brother" comment, said: "OK, he's black, he kind of does the thing, but he's not really down with the cause. He's not one of us. He's kind of black, but he's not really, like, the guy you want to hang out with because he's off to something else. ... We all know he has a white fiancee. Then there was all this talk about him being a Republican."
Griffin is a winner so popular his jersey set a single-year NFL record for sales. Elected high school class president, RG III ranked seventh in his class, graduated a semester early and began college at 17. He graduated from Baylor University in three years with a degree in political science, a 3.67 GPA and two appearances on the Dean's List. He took graduate courses during his fourth year. He is the youngest of three children -- his mother and father both sergeants in the Army. He's had the same girlfriend since college.
Yep, RG III's practically a degenerate.
Parker's comments got him suspended for 30 days. He wrote this apology: "I blew it and I'm sincerely sorry. I completely understand how the issue of race in sports is a sensitive one and needs to be handled with great care. This past Thursday I failed to do that. I believe the intended topic is a worthy one. Robert's thoughts about being an African-American quarterback and the impact of his phenomenal success have been discussed in other media outlets, as well as among sports fans, particularly those in the African-American community. The failure was in how I chose to discuss it on 'First Take,' and in doing so, turned a productive conversation into a negative one."
But what Parker said about RG III is standard operating procedure for the hosts and pundits on MSNBC and other outlets, who question the "blackness" of "inauthentic blacks" like Herman Cain, Allen West and Clarence Thomas.
Where's the apology from, let alone suspension for, the following?
MSNBC contributor Karen Finney, who said about Republican Herman Cain: "I think he makes that white Republican base of the party feel OK, feel like they are not racist because they can like this guy. I think he is giving that base a free pass, and I think they like him because they think he is a black man who knows his place."
MSNBC's Martin Bashir, who said: "Mr. Cain was supposed to attend the dedication of the Martin Luther King Memorial on Sunday ... but he failed to attend. Now there's been some surprise at his absence. But being honest, isn't this consistent for a man who really doesn't want to be overtly associated with African-Americans?"
MSNBC's Chris Matthews, who told black former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele that his party was "the Grand Wizard crowd."
HBO's Bryant Gumbel, who on his "Real Sports" program, said that he wouldn't watch the Winter Olympics: "Try not to laugh when someone says these are the world's greatest athletes, despite a paucity of blacks that makes the Winter Games look like a GOP convention."
It took the bigoted treatment of RG III to make some people wake up and smell the ideological totalitarianism. Maligning a black person for "not being black enough" is a hideous form of bigotry, the antithesis of what Martin Luther King Jr. stood for.
Will ESPN send Parker to "sensitivity training," where many companies send their white bigots?
It took the bigoted treatment of RG III to make some people wake up and smell the ideological totalitarianism
BS, No one has awakened to anything.
He will still get the same treatment and so will Cain West and the others.
They either go along with the borg (Star Trek) or they aren’t black enough.
Of course not. Negro will get a pass because he's a Negro. Period.
Oh.....am I the only one sick of this s***?
No, you’re not.
If he doesn’t learn the pocket passer game, he won’t last long in the NFL. If he does learn the pocket passer game, he’ll go to Canton with Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Ron Jaworski.
Really? Whites can't be the best athletes at certain sports? Tell me, Gumby, is it a problem that the Summer Olypmics team makes it look like the USA is 80% black instead of 11%? Isn't unequal representation de facto proof of discrimination?
Wonder what they’ll say about Even Manning.
Wonder what they’ll say about Evan Manning.
Who is Evan Manning?
Who is “they”?
Evan is Danny Manning’s son. (Danny and the Miracles 1988 National Champions from Kansas University) He’s been assistant coach at KU now for years and just moved to I think Tulsa University. Evan is a freshman at KU and along with Bill Self’s son, a walk on for the Jayhawks.
If Obama had a son, he wouldn't be RG III.
I haven’t followed that. You must be from Kansas or else follow it closely. My first thought on the name Manning was Peyton and Eli of the Bronchos and Giants.
I don’t get the connection with RGIII and this story, and I don’t get why “they” (whoever “they” are) might say something about Evan Manning.
What do you think they might say?
None of these people say anything about Obama’s white boyfriends.
Being color-blind, and being a proponent of color-blindness, is a no-no in the Democrat / Liberal Party. It does not bring in the money to the Party hierarchy.
May I use your comment? ;-)
It really is amazing to see just how blind these people are to their very own racism... Completely mind blowing...
I would be called racist if I were to say, “if you’re authentically ‘Black,’ you must LOVE fried chicken and watermelon” (which I suppose would also make ME “authentically ‘Black.’”)
But at the same time, these people say, “if you’re authentically ‘Black,’ you MUST think or vote this way.”
Most people who use the word “racist” really don’t understand the definition, actually meaning prejudiced or bigoted. Racism, is by definition, defining a person’s actions, beliefs, or attributes by their race, and then usually pushing the belief that all members of the race are inferior to another race.
Dr. Martin Luther King pushed to judge people by the “content of their character, not the color of their skin.” This a$$hat is doing JUST the opposite! But the really amazing thing is he simply doesn’t realize it!
He appears to be a decent young man, despite the thuggish hairdo. Unfortunately, decency ain’t in the playbook for a lot of the bruthas...so they’ve just got to bust on the ones who display it.
Baylor is (or at least WAS; I haven't kept up) a Christian school. Two strikes against RG3 right there, Christian school and "acting white" by performing in the classroom.
The possible third strike would be if the PoliSci program at Baylor is something other than Marx 101 as in most of today's universities. Any Bear alumni here who can provide insight into that?
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