You no doubt have heard the ignorant and stupid comments made by Rob Parker on ESPN’s First Take debate show and just like most people you were flabbergasted by what he said.
“…Is he a brother, or is he a cornball brother?” Parker said, “Well, because 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 talk about he’s a Republican, which, there’s no information [about this] at all. I’m just trying to dig deeper as to 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. So people got to wondering about Tiger Woods early on.”
No Rob, YOU, YOUUUUUUUU wondered about this. Most people didn’t care. Was it talked about that Tiger Woods was black? Yes, because he played in a sport that had very few minorities, especially black men, involved in it professionally. Woods has paved the way for all minorities within pro golf and made golf a much more widely viewed sport to boot. Woods did not want to be known for his race, he wanted to be known for his greatness. Robert Griffin III just wants the same thing. He doesn’t want to be the best “black” quarterback, he wants to just be the best quarterback. Rob Parker however, has brought in unnecessary racial bigotry again and deserves to lose his job over it.
The show First Take generally is based around human leather chair Skip Bayless and mini-fro n-word using diatribe Stephen A. Smith. Bayless is the premiere antagonist who seems to almost always take the unpopular stance (pro Tebow, getting Payton Manning was dumb for DEN), while Smith is his protagonist who almost always disagrees with Skip’s point of view. Remember their tagline of “Embrace Debate” and you will understand that this show is essentially, like most ESPN shows, staged to a degree. First Take, Pardon the Interruption and Around the Horn, all mainstay shows for ESPN’s never ending supply of pundits, have all been called out for being staged and written. PTI was even caught on air coordinating which sides of the argument they would take on upcoming topics. This is not good television and is not legitimate debate.
If you know me or read my twitter feed, you know I dislike Mike & Mike in the Morning for the simple reason that neither are interesting enough and both play it safe entirely too much. Mike Greenberg stating that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is a “very good” commissioner is laughable and shows his lack of balls or intelligence or both.
Rob Parker has based his entire career on race based issues. He doesn’t look beyond the skin of a man and passes judgement based mostly on that. If you have ever read one of his pieces you will see that a 3rd grader can write better than he can and if you ever watched him on First Take you can see that the same 3rd grader uses better sentence structure than he does as well.
My personal problem is this, as a white man I do not have the luxury of discussing race without someone calling me racist. I don’t see why Griffin III needs to be what Rob Parker views all black people to be. That he makes a point to say that he has a white woman instead of black and that he says, well he may be a Republican (which shouldn’t be an issue) is just pure ignorance. I am no fan of Don Imus and his stupid comments saying, “nappy headed hoes” in reference to a women’s basketball team, but Rob Parker is no better and does not deserve a pass because he is black.
Parker is the worst kind of ignorant. He talks about race issues, about the black man being held down, about oppression, but then he incites it more through himself instead of defusing and advocating healthy race relations. Why is it an issue Griffin III is with a white woman? Do you think black men should only be with black women to preserve being black? Do you dislike mixed kids? You’re racist. See? That argument had no facts and used a bunch of stupid talking points to make you feel like he is a racist. This is Rob Parker’s entire career in a nut shell.
In the end, Rob Parker (who is currently suspended) is wrong for what he said. If a white writer was to say something like this he not only would have been fired, but the NAACP would have been down his throat as well as his employers. It is an unfair practice to allow one person to use their race as a talking point and accept it for the most part, but if you refer to white quarterbacks, for example, as more exceptional traditional styled quarterbacks, that can be deemed racist. Rob Parker deviated so badly that even Stephen A. Smith… the guy who said, “nigga please” on national television then denied he said it, was taken aback by Rob Parker’s comments and refused to even touch that sort of subject. The sad part is that Parker will be reinstated and eventually return to where he was at within ESPN and all will be forgotten. In reality and in a fair and balanced world he would be fired. Yet Rob Parker knows one thing, he’s black. That is the weapon Rob Parker has used his entire career to make executives let him get away with things. Rob Parker, you are a disgrace to journalism and journalists everywhere. Robert Griffin III is a great quarterback not a great BLACK quarterback. Eventually maybe you will see beyond race and realize that this is sports and not politics. Don’t be a bigot then cry about bigotry because then you get suspended and then the world sees what you really are… an asshole.
[UPDATE] ESPN has stated they will not be renewing Rob Parker’s contract with them after it runs out.