A Very American Coup By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief...
RGIII; Predicatable Pawn In America’s Cultural Wars . . . .
DENVER CO. ( BASN)-–Robert Griffin III’s wishful, youthinistic desires . . . “For me, you don’t ever want to be defined by the color of your skin,” Griffin said. “You want to be defined by your work ethic, the person that you are, your character, your personality. That’s what I strive [for]. I am an African American, in America, and that will never change. But I don’t have to be defined by that.”
Gee, this kid is right, he doesn’t “have to be defined by his skin-color” yet he lives in a racially polarized nation where the majority – the White power holding establishment has deliberately chosen to do just that since the nation’s inception. And despite a Civil War and and a Civil Rights era, most White men have had to be dragged, kickin’ n’ screamin’ into the 20th century, let-alone the 21st.
White America still has a “place” for Blacks. We should be “seldom-seen, and hardly-ever heard,” and only speak when spoken-to, and if we don’t have something funny to say, it’s best we just be quiet and do as we’re told.
And there’s no denying, with President Obama has come a White “backlash” which validates a charge Americans-of-Color have long contended; Dr. King’s “judge a man by the content of his character and not the color of his skin . . . “ fell on mostly deaf-ears when it came to much of White America, if not almost all White males.
As much as anyone else, I’ve anointed RGIII the man, an alpha-male you’d love for your son to emulate and imitate, or your baby girl to walk down the aisle with, nonetheless I have to admit I think his “colorblind” mentality is a tad-bit . . . naive. However being a inter-continental Army brat, both parents Sargents . . . his “gung-ho” optimism is no surprise. But after being a Black man in this country, I can tell you Robert – you may not see color, but most White people do, and that matters.
Considering the present-day climate across these once-alleged-to-be United States of America - from Austin to Boston, LA to the Hudson Bay in-which the people are ethically hostile and racially unfriendly . . . Griffin’s mind-set may best be described as . . . . “Delusional.”
Mr Webster, please; “Delusional” – an erroneous belief that is held in the face of evidence to the contrary, A delusion is a fixed belief that is either false, fanciful, or derived from deception. False, unshakable belief which is (a) contrary to fact, (b) inappropriate to the person’s education, intelligence or culture, and (c) adhered to in spite of tangible evidence that it is false
I’m sorry, but “fanciful” accurately describes the optimism Griffin exposes.
And if he is a “Black Republican,” well yes that is a political/social and economical mindset which is counter to the vast majority of Black Americans . . . . And if he did support Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich or Pat Buchanan – that’s significant because you’ve a military brat with a degree in Political Science. – so this political position is not by happenstance, its not reckless or careless.
Least I mention, “interracial dating/marriage,” of which Griffin is a member of one, especially between a Black man and a White women is, historically an extremely “volatile” issue, if not the cornerstone of White racism and remains today still a combustible one – families still separate, daddies still disown their daughters for being “Niggerlovers” and polluting, tainting the family blood line . . . no?
“They’re always going to try to put you in a box with other African American quarterbacks: [Michael] Vick, [Cam] Newton, Randall Cunningham, Warren Moon,” Griffin said. “But there are guys like… Warren Moon and Doug Williams who really didn’t run that much. I think that’s the negative stereotype when it comes to African American quarterbacks, that [all they do is] run. But those guys threw it around, and I like to think I can throw it around a little bit. And that’s the goal — not to go out and prove anybody wrong, but just to let your talent speak for itself.”
The “They” Griffin is referring to is the NFL’s fanbase, the coaches and owners – all of which is predominantly White, as is the journalist who make up an industry dedicated to dissecting the NFL on a 24/7 basis – and their conclusion is . . . “a nigger is a nigger is a nigger” – therefore virtually no Black man is mentally or morally equipped to play Quarterback in the NFL and lead men into gridiron battle.
With that noted; There’s an diabolical effort afoot to depict RGIII as the world’s most interesting Negro; odd, unique, unusual and possessing, unlike any-other Black man in America . . . intelligence and wit. What’s being inferred is insulting and belittling to most Blacks. Griffin’s is not akin-to the Loch Ness Monster or Bigfoot, he’s not the ”only one” nor “one of a kind,” there are other men who’re young, gifted and Black.
Those individuals who make-up media organizations which follow the this country’s national pastime have refused to let an ebony gladiator’s “body-of-work” speak for them, no, instead they’ve strived to categorize and dismiss the “Black Quarterback” as a whole, not individuals but as a group, because all black men are dim-witted and slow-minded, unequipped to lead men into battle, not equipped to decipher complicated NFL defenses, let alone understand their own NFL team’s offensive system . . . .
So with the emergence of a Black Signal Caller who appears to be the absolute embodiment of all that is good n’ decent, the personification of an officer n’ gentleman, the epitome of an “All-American” Black Quarterback, a “cerebral warrior” possessing the rare, rare combo of brains, brawn, guts, integrity . . . and world class speed . . . there’s a desire for certain cultural factions of US society to “claim” him. Think-back to comments made by Ann Coulter, an official spokeswoman for angry White people across America who believe the sky is falling because a Black man resides in the Oval Office.
“Our blacks are so much better than their blacks,” she said, speaking of Democrats. “To become a black Republican, you don’t just roll into it. You’re not going with the flow…and that’s why we have very impressive blacks in the Republican party.”
The “Right” in this nation would love to adopt RGIII as a “Black Republican” – he’d have the potential to transform a significant percentage of young Blacks to, at the very-least examine the Republican TEA Party as a viable option. He could do what JC Watts, Judge Uncle Thomas, Ward Connerly, Shelby Steele, Thomas Sowell and Cobe Rice could never do . . . draw a crowd, a sea of ebony faces.
Those lost Negroes I just mentioned couldn’t motivate nor mobilize a hobbit’s handful of Black folks to speak-up for Mitt Romney . . . yes, you’re right, it was so-very quiet you could hear a rat piss on cotton.
But Robert Griffin . . . the Third . . . he might be able to return more Black folks to the Republican Party than anyone since ol’ Abe Lincoln.
Let’s not lose site of the man is a “Trojan Horse,” and people want to utilize him, pimp n’ exploit him to not merely make money . . . but further their causes and beliefs. What this kids is? A “tool” which can be used to ‘divide n’ conquer” Black folks, erode a fragile voting base, just enough to make a difference in a nation where the national political contest are as tight as ours are becoming.
Where in a country the game of football becomes a battlefield in the cultural wars which grip this nation and never again simply a game.
Robert Griffin III belongs to who? He’s a poster boy for whom . . . ? Symbolic of what,? Those are the questions the sports world will be facing and answering over the next few years, and the “process” won’t be simple nor pretty.