When sane people look at Redskins quarterback RG3 on the field their mind turns to his athletic prowess. When ESPN analysts (of all people) look at RG3, they analyze how authentically black (whatever that means) he is. Sad.
When most Americans look at Redskins quarterback RG3 on the field their minds turn to his athletic prowess. When liberal ESPN analysts look at RG3 they analyze how authentically black (whatever that means) he is. Sad. (Image: AP)

When I look at RG3 I see an American. I see a very talented American. And that’s how every other sane American sees him. Unfortunately, we have liberal writers and analysts with megaphones who are race-obsessed losers who can’t seem grasp the fact that men like Robert Griffin III might want to be defined as an individual instead of a color.

On [ESPN’s] First Take show this morning, [Rob] Parker said, “my question, which is just a straight honest question, is [Griffin] a brother, or is he a cornball brother?”

Parker, a columnist at a handful of outlets over the years, has a history of stirring the pot when it comes to race issues in sports. He teeters back and forth between evaluating how “black” Griffin is – “kind of black,” “not really down with the cause” or “not one of us,” but it’s the evidence that prompted his hand wringing that’s so disturbing. “We all know he has a white fiancé. There was all this talk about he’s a Republican, which, there’s no information [about that] at all. I’m just trying to dig deeper as to why he has an issue.”

For Parker, having a white fiancé and potentially being a Republican is “an issue.”

RG3 doesn’t have “an issue” — Rob Parker does. He has the same problem that Al Sharpton and Chris Matthews have, in that they when they think about race they get that same creepy look in their eyes that you’d expect to see from balding overweight slouches who go to strip clubs alone because they have serious emotional problems.

I was talking to a Hispanic friend of mine today who brought the story to my attention and said: “When I was a kid I wanted to be the best student in the class. I wanted to be the best athlete on the team. I didn’t want to be the best Hispanic. I never thought like that!” My reply: “That’s because you’re normal.”

I told my friend that it was hilarious that conservatives have to hear about racist “dog whistles” from men like Rob Parker, when the fact is liberals say outright racist things in front of everyone and nobody blinks. Can you imagine if Rush Limbaugh or Mark Levin were talking about a white athlete and said: “He’s not one of us”?  What if they called a black athlete a “cornball brother”? There would be hell to pay. It would make it into 2016 presidential ads. MSNBC heads would melt down on air and reporters would ask RG3 if Rush should be fired. The president would be asked to weigh in, and Bob Costas would make a special announcement about race-relations in the United States on “Sunday Night Football.”

The funny thing about ESPN is that its management always talks about how it doesn’t want to wade into politics, but it seems as though the definition of what is and isn’t permissible on air all depends on what side of the ideological fence you sit. Until conservatives get online and start calling out the media for its double-standards on the latest and most popular social media platforms, jerks like Rob Parker will, more often than not, get away with such nonsense.

What is “the cause,” Rob Parker? The last time I checked, it was supposed to be about creating a world where people are judged by the content of their character instead of the color of their skin. Apparently not. In Rob Parker’s world, having a wife of a different race still raises eyebrows. But yet we’re supposed to believe conservatives are the ones who are looking to recreate the worst aspects of our past? Excuse me while I laugh.

The other night I was talking to my wife and I told her that sometimes I can’t help myself when I’m in a debate and a liberal who knows nothing about my personal life goes to the “you hate women and minorities” schtick. I tell them them that “my wife is going to be really surprised when she finds out.” This led to a discussion about whether or not it was appropriate to use her race as a hidden intellectual switchblade of sorts. My conclusion: Yes. Sparingly.

If lowlifes like Rob Parker out there are going to use RG3’s white fiancee as a litmus test for whether or not someone is “down with the cause,” and if his ideological allies want to accuse conservatives like me of being racist (a charge that is almost impossible to defend against), then I reserve the right to expose their stupidity and bigotry by smacking them over the head with my mixed-race marriage.

Up until this point in his career, RG3 seems to have carried himself with dignity and poise. I firmly believe that he will respond to this current mess with the utmost class, even though Rob Parker is beneath him. Regardless, I will say what RG3 is probably thinking: Rob Parker, we are all dumber for having listened to you. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

27 comments

  1. Whoa now. This has nothing to do with politics or “liberal writers.” Parker’s an ass and will likely get fired. His fellow analysts, both black and white, were quick to disagree. Debating how “black” RJIII is, is a stupid. What is “black?” Just a pigmentation. So what?

    And we don’t have to imagine what would happen if Rush made similar comments…. because he did. Remember the McNabb comment?

    “I think the media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. They’re interested in black coaches and black quarterbacks doing well. I think there’s a little hope invested in McNabb and he got a lot of credit for the performance of his team that he really didn’t deserve.”

    He said that racial garbage and resigned from ESPN. Just like Parker will.

    “Look, let me put it to you this way: the NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it.”

    Guess who? While unfair, you can’t really be suprised that people associate racism and Rush, one of the biggest conservative personalities. Since nobody in the party tells him to STFU, people think the party is tolerant of it and maybe a little accepting.

    1. Rush was right about the media’s obsession with black quarterbacks. Michael Irvin even agreed with him on the show the day it aired. In regards to your other quote, I’d love to see, say, the minute of dialogue that preceded it. Since I’ve listened to Rush for years, I’ve found that outlets like Media Matters will take a 30 minute conversation about something and pull one sentence out of it, which strips it of all context. If you talked for 3 hours a day for 20+ years on political issues that run the gamut I’m sure it would be easy to destroy you, too.

      Football is a violent sport. I’ve heard Rush talk about it using war metaphors. So the players are warriors one day and the next when the violence is likened to a gang fight it’s a subliminal dig on black people? I don’t think so.

      Regardless, I don’t want this to devolve into a conversation about Rush if I can help it.

      Listen to Penn Jillette. He’s a smart guy (and an atheist, so you’ll like that). Replace “Howard Stern” with “Rush Limbaugh.”

    2. My last post about Rush.

      From snopes.com:

      “Have you ever noticed how all composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse
      Jackson?”

      “Take that bone out of your nose and call me back.”

      Rush Limbaugh acknowledged making these statements in a 1990 Newsday article (although the latter, at least, occurred not on Limbaugh’s now-familiar talk and political commentary radio program, but at the beginning of his broadcast career back in the early 1970s when he was hosting a Top 40 music show under the name “Jeff Christie” on either WIXZ or KQV in Pittsburgh):

      For all his bravado, however, Limbaugh is immensely sensitive to charges of insensitivity. When asked about the racist they-all-look-alike connotation of a statement like “Have you ever noticed how all newspaper composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?” this professional talker from a family of lawyers pleads total innocence.

      “You may interpret it as that, but I, no, honest-to-God, that’s not how I intended it at all. Gee, don’t get me in this one. I am the least racist host you’ll ever find.” Recalling a stint as an “insult-radio” DJ in Pittsburgh, he admits feeling guilty about, for example, telling a black listener he could not understand to “take that bone out of your nose and call me back.”

      /snopes

      If you argue that a long career is bound to allow for some dumb things, the same rationale could be used for Parker. He, too, has said dumb things before and talks for a living. However, I don’t recall Steyn making any racist gaffes over his career so maybe Rush just has some racial proclivities that bubble to the surface from time to time.

      Again, Parker’s an ass. But just stick with Steyn for your comparisons. 🙂

    3. You do realize that Canada gave Steyn a hard time years ago over human rights violations and hate speech, right? I believe “America Alone” isn’t even allowed in Canada (although maybe it is by now, who knows).

      1. I’m not going to go on a crusade to get Rob Parker fired. That’s the kind of thing the left specialized in. I care more about the double standard.
      2. I promise you that if Steyn had a radio show (I would be glorious!) it would be huge and the left would seek to destroy him.

      The same people who attack Rush daily also tried to site the “Magic Negro” as proof Rush was racist when the song was a parody inspired by a Los Angeles Times journalist who wonder if Barack Obama was “black enough.” The bottom line is that Rush likes to push the left’s buttons, and he also likes to use humor. Put those together and it’s bound to blow up in your face from time-to-time.

      Think of how annoyed “Lizard” (and maybe you?) got after my “human gerbil” piece (strangely enough, he commented about it in my Rocky post, I believe). I guarantee you if I was on the radio as a successful conservative pundit they’d say I think all black people are gerbils, or some crap — instead of nothing that I said that liberal policies warp the human mind and rob people of their humanity.

    4. “…and an atheist, so you’ll like that.” Uh…

      Interesting video though. Thanks. I too have a high tolerance for crazy people.

    5. Atheists (not necessarily you) are often surprised that I go out of my way to listen to what other atheists have to say. In your case, you sometimes try to put me into a box as some sort of GOP spokesperson who would defend Rep. Akin just because he’s a Christian and that I live in a bubble. It’s a not so subtle way of reminding you that I’m not.

  2. It blows me away…. this “authentically black” nonsense, that is. Parker is a complete idiot and I hope he gets fired. The left really likes racial quotas. As I’ve said before, I’ve been called “racist” for being colorblind and viewing people as human beings instead of viewing them as racial quotas, which always makes me shake my head.

    1. The “left likes quotas” sounds a lot like “the right is racist.” Both stereotypes. Both factually incorrect. Why play that game?

      I don’t know Parker’s politics, though with his Republican question about RGIII, one can assume maybe he’s a Democrat. But to roll him up as some left-leaning writer and the network as a whole as “liberal media” in the same breath is grasping.

      He’s a jerk. No one is going to argue with you on that. But I’m not sure why this somehow has political connotations or why conservatives are crying foul, saying “the liberal media unfairly paint us as racist when they are.” I didn’t read this as political at all given the context. I just read Parker’s comments as distasteful and inappropriate. Besides, the discussion about race in general had no place on the show. It’s irrelevant to football, just like Tebow’s religion is. Stick to the game, guys.

    2. “I don’t know Parker’s politics, though with his Republican question about RGIII, one can assume maybe he’s a Democrat,” (emphasis added).

      Haha! Good one.

      When the left gets caught, it’s “Move along. Move along. Nothing to see here.” Like I said, if Levin or Rush called RG3 or “cornball brother” MSNBC’s world would melt down. The Washington Post would have it on page one above the fold. And yes, I watch MSNBC almost every day for work, since it’s only a matter of time on Twitter or Tumblr or here before people say I only watch Fox. (Odd, considering I only watch the news at work and don’t own a television.)

      Update: I wasn’t even thinking of your Fox comment when I posted this. Classic!

    1. Why do generalizations bother you so much?

      Tell me: When have you ever gone after the left’s expert usage of the false dichotomy? (Not that I do that or try to do that like the president does on an almost daily basis). You’re either for the president’s plan, or you hate the middle class. You’re either for the health care mandate, or you hate women, etc.

      As much as you’d like this blog to get so lost in nuance that nobody cares and it puts everyone who does come by to sleep, it’s not going to happen. If you want me to be William F. Buckley having a high minded conversation over scotch with some left-wing intellectual from Martha’s Vineyard … I’m going to disappoint you.

      I try to blend a “shooting the shit” tone with something a little more intellectual, and I try to provide videos, links, text I’ve transcribed from videos (that often takes me quite awhile to type out), etc. to add weight to my statements. You always latch on to a generalization as if it’s the end of the world. Let it go. You know exactly who I’m talking about when I say liberals. It’s not some mom in Ohio raising kids who is liberal because she’s a free spirit. It’s Nancy Pelosi. It’s Chris Mathews. It’s Alan Colmes. It’s Jesse Jackson. It’s Richard Trumka. It’s Media Matters. It’s Buzzfeed. And on, and on and on.

    2. I checked a bunch of media outlets, conservative and liberal. NOBODY is defending him from what I saw. Not sure where the double-standard is.

      Even Steven A. Smith disavowed Parker’s comment and he… well, lets just say if Smith is the voice of reason, expect the apocalypse soon.

    3. If you’re telling me you can’t imagine how this would play out if Mark Levin or Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity called RG3 a “cronbread brother” or how gigantically this story would explode if they responded to a star white quarterback who had a black wife with “he’s not one of us” … then I can’t help you.

    4. But it’s not about that. Both liberal and conservatives are condemning it pretty equally. “Imagine?” Creating imaginary scenarios to … I don’t even know how to respond at this point.

      I concede. Clearly, the leftist media goons have a double standard. By disavowing and condemning Parker’s comment, they have shown their true nature. Had Steyn or Rush made the comment, they would be… also be crying foul?

      For your argument to work, the “media” would have to be ignoring this or diwnplaying it. Neither is happening. Although, the story has been downgraded because of the horrible school massacre.

      What “mainstream media” response would you consider just and lacking a double-standard?

    5. Sandra Fluke was insulted by a radio host. Let me repeat: A radio host. And she was given a prime time slot at the Democratic National Convention.

      This story lasted less than one news cycle. It caught fire after Mark Levin talked about it on his evening show (after I tweeted the story to him and the site I work for broke it in the conservative blogosphere). If Rush had said it how long would it have legs? One week? Two?

      Again, if you’re unwilling to admit that is the most likely scenario that would have played out, then oh well. I just have to chuckle.

      And speaking of imaginary scenarios that baffle you so much, how come you didn’t come around to talk about Sandra Fluke’s “two futures”? The one in which Romney won was pretty scary … if you’re into scare mongering over Supreme Court cases that were decided upon decades ago.

    6. Just a radio host? Fluke was invited then denied to speak in front of the House of Representatives. The Democrats invited her speak at their convention. She mades some salient points but then her speech devolved into hyperbole and scare tactics. That’s what the Dems wanted. Scare up the female vote. They played off Akin too and according to poll numbers, it seemed to have worked. Underhanded crap, but that’s the ugly state of politics today. I’m not a Democrat. Not a fan of their economic policies. I certainly don’t give them a pass, but you don’t praise liberal economic policy, so if you ever do, I’ll chime in *on you blog* with how I disagree.

      Rush’s “prostitute” comments were typical Rush garbage and, lets be honest, not worthy of more than a news cycle. Rush makes jackass comments. Absolutely no one suprised. Too common for outrage.

      For giggles, lets deconstruct that statement. According to Rush, she’s a prostitute because she gets paid by her government by way of free birth control pills. So, according to him, she gets paid to have sex.That makes her a prostitute. What is a US serviceman who requires those gov’t insurance-supplied boner pills (Rush’s favorites) to have sex after a war injury renders him incapable without pharmaceuticals? A prostitute? No, it makes Rush an asshole.

      I’m not here to defend Fluke or any liberal. I’m just disappointed the near-universal condemnation of Parker’s comments by the left and right isn’t enough for the conservative blogosphere. Somehow, there is a hypothetical to be upset about. Apparently, the left-wing media would have given any conservatives who made imaginary racist comments about a hypothetical “not white enough” QB a harder time than the liberal media did Parker. So near-universal condemnation is not enough, the left-wing media must trot out Chris Mathews and he has to huff and puff at Defcon 1 levels for the right to be satisfied there is no double standard? That reeks of a persecution complex, and that drives ratings and page views.

      Bingo!

    7. “Apparently, the left-wing media would have given any conservatives who made […] racist comments about a […] “not white enough” QB a harder time than the liberal media did Parker,” (MeAgain).

      Yes. See how close you were? I took the redundant parts out since “would have” indicates it’s already a hypothetical.

      I guess you don’t listen to Rush (surprise). The Fluke comments were a joke — just like Bill Maher makes. If memory serves me correctly aren’t you a big fan of his? Funny how Bill Maher is a hilarious dude, but Rush is just a jerk. But you don’t see me trotting out Maher comments in this exchange…

      And if you want to compare a Georgetown Law student prepped to make six figures for the rest of her life with a vet who suffered a spinal injury serving his country, can’t work, and who is on disability the rest of his life … go for it.

      My wife went to Georgetown. I’m quite familiar with its student body. (Hint: My wife was a financial outlier). Let me know when you’re in town and we’ll walk down M. Street and compare the Flukes to your average Wounded Warrior. It should be fun.

    8. You know I am not mocking wounded soldiers. The point was simple, the government paying for either birth control or boner pills is fine by me. Nobody should be forced to be without the ability to have a normal sexual relationship.

    9. So Sandra Fluke doesn’t want the government to tell her what to do with her body, but she wants it to pay for the means by which she seeks to accomplish her idea of a normal sexual relationship.

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