December 14, 2012 2 Comments
According to Rob Parker of ESPN, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (RGIII) is a “cornball brother.” This is apparently an attack on RGIII who isn’t black enough for Parker. He isn’t “done with us” or down with “the cause” because RGIII has a white fiance and, gasp, might be a Republican. RGIII wants to be defined as a great quarterback as opposed to a great black quarterback. For this he is attacked for not being black enough and is slandered (apparently) by being called a Republican. It seems that accusing someone of being a Republican has displaced being called an Uncle Tom in the black community’s list of smears.
Just a few years ago we were endlessly told about racism in the NFL because there weren’t enough black quarterbacks. Rush Limbaugh was attacked mercilessly for his comments about Donovan McNabb (which were largely correct). Now we have a black quarterback who wants to be known as a great quarterback as opposed to a great black quarterback and he’s treated like garbage for it. It’s incredible to watch because it doesn’t just happen in the sports context but through sports we see the same or similar issues as the rest of society.
In the NFL no one thinks anything of having a black quarterback, it’s become normal. RGIII was drafted with the 2nd draft pick, behind only Andrew Luck who is having a phenomenal year in his own right. So common is the black quarterback in the NFL that it really shouldn’t surprise anyone if a black quarterback would rather just be known as a great quarterback. There’s nothing special, nothing unique and nothing particularly groundbreaking about having a black quarterback. This should be a cause for rejoicing in the black community, instead it’s a source of attack on a black quarterback.
We’ve been watching this sort of intimidation of black conservatives or anyone doesn’t take on the entire left-wing line within the black community. No one has any idea if RGIII is actually a Republican, to say nothing of being a conservative. Whether he is one isn’t really relevant. What is relevant is that he’s being attacked for being a Republican for no other reason than he doesn’t want to be defined by his race. It’s outright intimidation and it’s disgusting that it appeared on ESPN. RGIII fears God rather than the left-wing black community organizing machine. Unfortunately that’s cause for attack.
It takes guts and courage to be a black conservative. We should never underestimate how difficult it is for people like Herman Cain or the conservative black hot dog vendor who was attacked by union thugs in Lansing on Tuesday. Not towing the left-wing line is unacceptable in the black community, it is completely acceptable to ruthlessly attack such people. If the left-wing attack machine wants someone to fall in line, they just accuse them of being “cornball brothers” or Republicans to get them to tow the line. It’s even worse for people who actually are Republicans or conservatives. Free thinking is not tolerated, intimidation is the norm. RGIII’s politics aren’t known and they’re really none of our business. What this story tells us is that the left-wing black attack machine is ruthless and intimidating. It should give us renewed appreciation of those willing to stand up to it in the black community.