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RG III, ‘Cornball Brothers,’ and the Blackness Code

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Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (RG III, as he is known) has a problem. It turns out that some black commentators, and probably some black elites, don’t think he is black enough — because he dared to publicly state that he didn’t want to be judged solely by his skin color as an NFL quarterback.

Last Thursday morning on First Take, ESPN’s Rob Parker uttered a comment for which he was later fired, although he probably only said what some African Americans think but don’t publicly express: “My question is, and it’s just a straight, honest question: Is he a brother, or is he a cornball brother?”

I’d never heard the term before, so I did a quick search and landed at UrbanDictionary.com. Here is the definition I found there:  more

» 19 Comments

  1. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    December 18th, 2012

    “Leroy is a Republican who listens to country music, enjoys golfing on weekends, and drives [an] eco-friendly car. He is a corn dog brother.”

    Leroy sounds like Charley Pride, one of my favorites.

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  2. thirdtwin

    December 18th, 2012

    What are they gonna do when half the kids in this country are mixed-race and refuse to put up with that bullshit? I can tell you for a fact that my three Asian/Caucasian kids shake their heads and laugh at backward tools like Parker.

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  3. CrustyB

    December 18th, 2012

    I used to think Democrats were racists because they believe that black Americans are incapable of independent, objective thought and are pre-programmed by their negro genes to be Democrats. But then I saw the 96% turnout for Obama in 2012 and now I’m so sure they’re wrong.

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  4. Left Coast Dan

    December 18th, 2012

    Ah, remember way back in 2008, when Obama had to ‘stand before the blackness panel’, to see if he was black enough?

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  5. Stranded in Sonoma

    December 18th, 2012

     
  6. thirdtwin

    December 18th, 2012

    Yes, West Coast Dan the distant days of “Numinous Negro”…when Bill Clinton was still blacker, and Hillary still had a chance. Barky’s saving grace was no white women in his past except the Composite Girlfriend, which everybody knew was a fictional character for white consumption.

    It is black women who control blackness, and guys like Parker know that they’d better not openly express admiration for a black guy dating non-black women. Parker is just jealous because the matriarchy has him by the balls, no matter how much he swaggers and protests to the contrary.

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  7. Merry Poppet

    December 18th, 2012

    Please. OJ Simpson had to be the biggest cornball brother in history, but black people rallied for him as if he hadn’t “turned his back on black” as soon as humanly possible and dumped his first (black) wife for an 18-year-old blonde. Whom he later murdered, but that was okay. She was white, after all, so maybe they felt he redeemed himself by killing her.

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  8. Merry Poppet

    December 18th, 2012

    OJ Simpson’s support made me suspect that color trumps everything for many black people. Obama confirmed it. But hey, we’re the racists…

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  9. papadoc

    December 18th, 2012

    If a white person claims to be a Democrat, or a Republican, people in the opposing party may criticize the choice based on differences, but no one says that person isn’t white enough, or isn’t the right kind of white. Only black people are forced, by other people of the same race, into small stereotypical boxes. If a white man or woman chooses a mate of a different skin color, no one accuses that white person of being a traitor to the white race. But that’s exactly what happens to black people (especially black men) if they dare fall in love with someone who is not black (especially if their chosen one is white.) What’s that called again? Oh, yeah,RACISM! Morons. Complete morons. Racist, bigoted morons.

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  10. giamby

    December 18th, 2012

    It’s like the Racial Draft from Chapelle’s Show.

    http://www.comedycentral.com/video-clips/b224ei/chappelle-s-show-the-racial-draft

    The Black Delegation took Tiger Woods with the first pick to make him “officially black”.

    “So long fried rice, hello fried chicken!”

    Other racial delegations continue the draft…

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  11. Pearl Clutcher

    December 18th, 2012

    I almost wouldn’t give a shit, but young men regardless of race who epitomize class such as RGIII deserve our/my support.

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  12. Poonces

    December 18th, 2012

    According to the standards, Ice T must be an albino.

    I’d love for this newsweenie to walk up to him and say he’s not black enough because he went from singing “Cop Killer”, to playing one for a paycheck, and married a white woman who may be nice, but who’s picture could accompany “bimbo” in the dictionary.

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  13. 99th Squad Leader

    December 18th, 2012

    If being square, corny or cornball results in a young man like RG III, every young American man should be so blessed.

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  14. LadyGun12

    December 18th, 2012

    There was no reason whatsoever to attack this young man. So far, RGIII has proven himself capable and appears to be a standup kind of guy. Parker is a jealous twatwaffle. I’m glad he was fired. Why didn’t he say things like that about Obeyme instead?

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  15. Commissar M

    December 18th, 2012

    A friend of mine has a similar situation in her workplace. She’s the general manager for the local branch of a fairly large national company. She’s not originally from here but often must hire from the local “talent pool” of young female hood rats who attend or have graduated from the nearby Bumpkin State U. diploma mill.

    My friend is well educated, ambitious and works her ass off. She’s been with the company for over a decade and has earned her position by working up through the ranks. She operates her branch as a strict meritocracy although she’s always willing to mentor people with potential and she tries to help her employees who have rough patches in their lives, so she’s serious but no tyrant.

    The thanks she gets is that when “th’ sistahs” realize that their black, female boss expects them to show up, actually do their jobs, not play around or drag ass and obey the rules and company policies, my friend gets the dreaded “Not One Of Us” treatment. It’s as nasty, hateful and bigoted as any stereotypical hick from the “old south” ever could’ve been but credit to my friend for not caving in to it. In fact, quite a few of these divas have gotten themselves fired for very legitimate and defensible reasons. ;)

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  16. Anonymous

    December 18th, 2012

    To keep it positive, RGIII is handsome, he and his girl look happy, she doesn’t seem the trophy type. I wish them well.

    And did I read that ESPN FIRED Parker?! Well, knock me over with a feather!

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  17. AvgDude

    December 18th, 2012

    Apparently a “cornball brother” is a black man who chooses to live his life as an independent human being rather than some idiotic stereotype drawn from shitty rap video.

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  18. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    December 18th, 2012

    I’m a mixed race kid. Most of the bullshit I got growing up was from black folks. I wasn’t black enough, or something retarded like that. I think maybe they were jealous of me because I knew who my daddy was.
    Bwahahahahaha! (Yeah, I said it.)

    Really, though. Fuck Rob Parker and the assholes who think like him. If you want to marry into a different race or religion, have at it. Have Blackanese, Caucarican, or Hispangolian kids, that’s no one’s business but your own.

    We’re Conservative, we own guns, we pray and we vote, bitches.

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  19. Rick

    December 19th, 2012

    Rob Parker, RGIII might be a “cornball brother”, but he’s an employed cornball brother!

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