I’m sure by now you may have heard about what ESPN First Take’s Rob Parker said about Washington Redskins rookie QB Robert Griffin III’s “blackness”.
It all started when RG3 stated that he did not want to be defined by his race. Here’s more from USA Today:
“For me, you don’t ever want to be defined by the color of your skin,” Griffin said at the end of Wednesday’s post-practice news conference in reference to a question about Martin Luther King, Jr, via USA Today. “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.”
So a young brother who is doing positive things – albeit in sports – basically paraphrased Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech when he said he dreamed of an America that did not judge people by their character instead of the color of their skin.
So instead of praising the young man for having a bit of insight, and self-awareness if you will, Parker apparently did not like hearing RG3 saying he does not have to defined by his race alone. Thus in his infinite wisdom, Parker chose to question RG3’s “blackness”. See for yourselves:
I have a few thoughts here. First of all, I unfortunately have had experiences where I had MY “blackness” questioned. Just because I got good grades in elementary and middle school, used proper grammar, and didn’t conduct myself as a thug in public, I was not considered “black enough”.
I was called all sorts of hurtful things such as “oreo”, “white boy”, and a gay slur. I was also challenged to a fight because of that. And the most hurtful part about that was that some of it came from RELATIVES. You read that right: the people who supposed to love me the most were among the ones who called me those things.
Unfortunately, I am not the first – and definitely not the last – black person to have his “blackness” called into question.
If Parker had any sense, he would apologize to RG3 for making such a stupid statement like that. Chances are he will not, and will stubbornly defend the stupid shit he said until the cows come home.
And white folks wonder why we cannot get ahead (yeah, I said it).
Bottom line: I’ve said it before, and I will keep saying it when I see black people do what Parker did. We black people flat out hate each other.