Armed Rob-bery

15 Dec

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Rob Parker, yeah Atlanta fans, that fine gentleman that said Falcons fans were too busy eating pork sandwiches and drinking tea to be “real” fans may have really stepped in it this time.  Rob Parker is regular sports columnist on ESPNNewYork.com, ClickOnDetroit.com, and a regular on ESPN’s First Take.  Parker was on the show on Thursday along with regulars Stephen A. Smith, Skip Bayless, and moderator Cari Champion.  Parker took it upon himself to question Robert Griffin III, Quarterback of the Washington Redskins’ “Blackness” by asking the question, “Is he a brother, or is he a cornball brother.”  Champion went on to ask him what he meant and Parker went on to say, “He’s not real.  OK, he’s black, he kind of does the 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, like the guy you want to hand out with because he’s off to something else.”  When Champion asked why he asked that particular question Parker said, “Well because that’s just how I want to find out about him.  I don’t know because I keep hearing these things.  We all know he has a white fiancée.  There was all this about how he’s a Republican, which I don’t really care, 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’ve got black skin but don’t call me black.”

Of course there was a great deal of outrage from all sides involved, but the unfortunate part of this is that there are more people who think as Mr. Parker does.  My question is who is Rob Parker to question anyone’s “Blackness”.  As an African-American man, I have a hard time when anyone defines what it is to be black.  As far as race relations are concerned America has slowly started to progress in the right direction although there is still a long way to go.  Ironically, if he were white he would have been fired soon after making the statement and it would have been publicized immediately to save face.  Rob Parker has had a history of making statements to polarize an audience but this has definitely crossed the line.  I’m not one to say that someone should lose their job but he just may be collateral damage.  It will be interesting.

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