They used to say the last refuse of a scoundrel was religion. Samuel Johnson said it was patriotism. But in 21st century America, the last refuse of a scoundrel is “context.” Racist sports analyst Rob Parker, currently on 30 day suspension from ESPN, has essentially doubled-down on his cornball brother statement about Robert Griffin III despite having apologized earlier. Like most who get caught with their foot in their mouth, he blames the listeners for taking him out of context.
“It was just a conversation that’s had in the black community when athletes, or famous entertainers or whatever, push away from their people. And that’s really what it’s about. You saw it with O.J. Simpson, and some other people, where they say, ‘Well I’m not black, I’m O.J.’ So it’s more about that, not about RGIII and what’s going on. It’s more about this thing that we’ve battled for years and why people have pushed away from their people. It’s more about that.”
The only thing RGIII has done to “push away” from “his people” that we know of is he’s become a self-made man; a success. Sadly, this is the standard definition given to an “Uncle Tom” or the newly minted “Cornball Brother.” Is it RGIII’s responsibility now that he’s a millionaire athlete to bring others along with him for the ride? Is setting an example for others to follow not enough? For racists like Rob Parker, it’s the ultimate sin. Parker doesn’t mind black people being rich as long as they act like thugs, marry black girls, support the welfare state and generally make asses of themselves to everyone around them.
“I wasn’t saying that he wasn’t black enough,” Parker said. “And so when people say that…it’s just not true…I was saying these are the conversations that take place once a guy pushes away. So, it was never aimed at him or I was calling him that. I’m saying these are the conversations that take place.”
I don’t know a lot about RGIII’s personal life and whether he’s “pushed away” people he grew up with. Maybe he has…none of my business, but based on my reading of RGIII, the man, I doubt he had many thugs in his life to push away. In short, RGIII has captured the American Dream and that’s what really gets under the skin of men like Parker, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and the rest. You can make a lot of money, but as a black man you must bow down to their alter or be labeled accordingly. Down for the struggle? Struggle’s over. RGIII won.
UPDATE: ESPN fires Parker.