A black commentator is shocked that Washington Redskins
quarterback Robert Griffin III, also known as RG3, received harsh
words last week from a sports analyst about his political worldview
and his white fiancée.
Griffin, who is black, is one of the National Football League's
rising stars. But ESPN's Rob Parker has challenged the rookie's
Republicanism and his engagement to a white woman, saying Griffin
is "not really down with the cause. He's not one of us." The
analyst went on to question whether Griffin was "a brother" or "a
Hughey P. Newsome is a member of the national advisory council
of the Project 21 black leadership network. He tells
OneNewsNow bigotry has raised its ugly head in professional sports
"This is a bigger conversation that needs to be had in American
society, particularly in the black community, overall about what
the '60s, what the civil rights movement really meant, because
there are certain things that we've progressed, gone a long away
from where we were in the '60s, [but] there [are] certain areas
where we haven't moved very far," Newsome notes.
"The whole idea of allowing people to think differently just
hasn't happened. We haven't made a lot of progress in that
The Project 21 spokesman finds it unfortunate that many in the
black community have been conditioned to believe they must align
with the Democratic Party or a liberal mindset.
"So many blacks face scrutiny in public if they do support the
Republican Party or say that they're conservative," he accounts.
"This is a bit of a taboo, and it's unfortunate, because I believe
that many, many blacks are put off, and because of that, we don't
get a chance to have strong conversations in the black community
about who … we support and who [can] best represent our
ESPN has suspended Parker for 30 days for his comments, calling