I've been a Redskins fan since I was 12 years old. For those counting, that's 40 years of Redskins fanhood. And as a fan, it's been a long time since I've been as excited about football as I've been this year.
That excitement is the direct result of the impact that last year's Heisman Trophy winner and this year's starting QB, has had in DC.
But apparently, not everyone is enthused about RGIII.
I talked to some people down in Washington, D.C. … friends of mine who are around at some of the press conferences, people I’ve known for a long time. But my question, which is just a straight honest question, is he a brother, or is he a cornball brother? … He’s not really, he’s black, he kind of does his thing, but he’s not really down with the cause, he’s not one with us, he’s kind of black, but he’s not really like the guy you want to hang out because he’s off to something else …
I don’t know because I keep hearing these things. We all know he has a white fiancée, there was all this talk about he’s a Republican, which 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 got black skin, but don’t call me black.’ So people got a little wondering about Tiger Woods …
To me, [his braids are] very urban, and makes you feel like, I think you’d have a clean cut, if he were more straitlaced or not like, wearing braids, you’re a brother, you’re a brother if you’ve got braids on.
That bile comes from the lips of ESPN's Rob Parker and is proof that the election of Barack Hussein Obama has done nothing but embolden the race-baiters and haters in this country, to which I think it's safe to now add Rob Parker.
The Breitbart piece goes on to state what Parker was responding to:
All of this was in response to RGIII’s comments that “For me, you don’t ever want to be defined by the color of your skin. 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.”
He continued, “"I am aware how much race is relevant to [black Redskins fans]. I don't ignore it. I try not to be defined by it. But I understand different perspectives and how people view different things. I understand that they're excited that their quarterback is an African-American. I play with a lot of pride, a lot of character, a lot of heart. I understand that. I appreciate them for being fans and not just fans because they're African-Americans.''
There's video of Parker's garbage at the link.
I remember the controversy that erupted at ESPN when Rush Limbaugh was accused of making racially tinged remarks years ago about Donovan McNabb, remarks that pale in comparison to Parker's about RGIII, and the derision heaped on Limbaugh by a wide assortment of ESPN commentators and analysts in the aftermath.
Any bets on Parker getting the same treatment?
I'm willing to bet the answer is no and that in fact, there will be those who come to Parker's defense.
Check me on this.
I hope I'm wrong but I think I know the progressive mind.