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Robert Griffin III, Rob Parker and the sad truth about our racial politics

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Robert Griffin III, Rob Parker and the sad truth about our racial politics

As 2012 comes to an end one sad feature of our racial politics remains firmly in place:

It is still common for black conservative voices to be dismissed as traitors to their race, and the tokens of powerful whites. Any black person who is openly Republican or conservative in their beliefs is immediately viewed as suspect — ‘inauthentic’ a ‘sell-out’ and not true to the history of black struggle for equality.

This stubborn mind-set came to mind last week from a surprising arena – the sports world.
The nation’s fastest rising pro football star, Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins, was publically disparaged as a “cornball brother” and “not one of us,” by a Rob Parker, a black newspaper columnist and ESPN analyst on December 13.

What did Griffin do to spark that attack?

The journalist said he heard that the 22-year-old Griffin is a Republican. He also said that Griffin is engaged to a white woman.

“My question, which is just a straight honest question: is he a brother, or is he a cornball brother?” Rob Parker, a black journalist said on ESPN. “Well, [yes] he’s black, he kind of does his 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 the guy you’d really want to hang out with, because he’s off to do something else.”
After making his remarks Parker tried to explain his comments, telling an interviewer that he didn’t mean to demean Griffin.

“I didn’t mean it like that,” he said. “We could sit here and be honest, or we can be dishonest… [People] look at who your spouse is. They do. And they look at how you present yourself.”
Wednesday, six days after the controversy began Parker, who has been suspended by ESPN officially apologized for his comments.

But despite his tardy apology, Parker’s original remarks make a good point that is worth discussing.

The sad truth is that being black in America still automatically places you in a box. Yes, there is rapid growth in America’s minority population. Yes the President is black.

But as Parker suggested, some black Americans still think they have to act, speak and behave in a certain way that conforms to the identity that a white, liberal media has created.

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» 8 Comments

  1. Johnny Pickleduster

    December 22nd, 2012

    Juan Williams is a two faced phoney and a barefaced liar to boot. He blindly supported and made excuses for our first half white, Arab, ith a dash of black thrown in, president who ran the most vicious, racist, class warfare based, and pathologically dishonest campaign in the history of our country. Now he gets all pious about the democrats racist labeling of this football player. What this article reveals is that Juan Williams deep down knows right from wrong which makes his propaganda spewing on Fox News all the more heinous. Fuck You Juan and take this article and shove it. The democrat party is chock full of racists and you enable them. Fuck you again.

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  2. Millertime

    December 22nd, 2012

    Any Caucasian that utters an “honest” comment that does not conform to the political correctness guide to newspeak is a fucking racist, Right?

    Refer to Bill of Rights and free speech, notice how the left wraps themselves around this one but will use it as a rolled up newspaper to swat at anyone who dares speak freely.

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  3. Billy Fuster

    December 22nd, 2012

    Parker’s “apology” was not an apology. He was only sorry HOW he said what he said.

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  4. J Frank Parnell

    December 22nd, 2012

    I am sick to death of racist blacks blaming everyone and everything else for their lowbrow problems.

    There are more important things in life.

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  5. Maudie N Mandeville

    December 22nd, 2012

    “My sons are Republicans” just like Colin Powell.

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  6. Alxandro

    December 22nd, 2012

    But as Parker suggested, some black Americans still think they have to act, speak and behave in a certain way that conforms to the identity that a white, liberal media has created.

    Geez, that sounds just like a form of slavery.

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  7. Tim

    December 22nd, 2012

    In my limited experience, I’ve encountered more Negro racists than Caucasian racists.

    And the Negroes were much more vituperative in their racism.

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  8. Geoff C. The Saltine

    December 22nd, 2012

    What Juan has written is the kind of discussion that needs to be had if we will ever get past the race card, but sadly we will not because of the money the race baiters make off of keeping all blacks victims, and angry at whites. For Juan to have any creditability he has to change his spots and start calling out those who keep up the black against white crap.

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