Rob Parker, who apparently thinks he is the sole judge of how “Black” Black people really are made some asinine comments today on ESPN. The comments he made, questioning Redskins QB Robert Griffin lll’s “blackness” are despicable, racist, and expose a major problem within the Black community. The idea that Griffin is not “really Black” because he does not wish to be defined by his skin color? Really? Or that he is not Black because he has a White fiance? Or that, GASP, he might be a, dare I say it, a Republican? What kind of bigot spouts such nonsense?
ESPNNewYork.com columnist Rob Parker reacted to Washington Redskins starting quarterback Robert Griffin III’s comment in USA Today that he won’t be defined by his race. An upset Parker responded by asking if Griffin was “a brother, or is he a cornball brother?” and questioning both his reported Republicanism and his decision to become engaged to a white woman.
“I am an African-American in America,” Griffin told USA Today. “That will never change. But I don’t have to be defined by that. … We always try to find similarities in life, no matter what it is so they’re going to try to put you in a box with other African-American quarterbacks — Vick, Newton, Randall Cunningham, Warren Moon … That’s the goal. Just to go out and not try to prove anybody wrong but just let your talents speak for themselves.”
What is wrong with that statement? Seriously? The man is a good QB, won the Heisman, and by all accounts is a great guy. Humble, talented, and classy, and NOT obsessed with his skin color! But Parker cannot stand the fact that RG3 might not conform to Parker;s definition of what Black means!
“Time and time we keep hearing this, so it just makes me wonder deeper about him,” Parker said Thursday. “And I’ve talked to some people down in Washington D.C., and … my question, which is just a straight, honest question, is he a brother, or is he a cornball brother?”
Parker explained his definition of a “cornball brother.”
“OK, he’s black, he kinda does his thing,” he said of Griffin, “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.”
Parker added that the ethnicity of Griffin’s fiancée and unconfirmed rumors about his right-of-center politics were also red flags.
“I want to find out about him. I don’t know, because I keep hearing these things,” Parker said. “We all know he has a white fiancée. And there was all this talk about how he’s Republican. There’s no information at all. I’m just trying to dig deeper into why he has an issue, because we did find out with Tiger Woods — Tiger Woods was like, ‘I don’t want to — I got black skin, but don’t call me black.’”
Oh please! Red flags? Dating someone who is not Black, or being a Republican raises red flags in Parker’s mind? Odd, I would bet that Parker would gladly applaud MLK. So why not embrace MLK’s message? You know about not judging skin color but judging character? Sorry, but I get so tired of this identity politics game. Let people be people! But, arrogant, race-obsessed buffoons like Rob Parker are not capable of that To these miscreants, Blacks MUST be Democrat, MUST date only Black people, and MUST, MUST, MUST be as wrapped up in their skin color as nitwits like Parker are or they are not “really Black”! Bullshit!