Blackness

Open Letter to Rob Parker

Rob Parker

Dear Rob Parker:

Not too long ago, ESPN commentator Rob Parker viciously attacked Robert Griffin III (RG 3) because he doesn’t fit into his narrow idea of what’s required to be black.  Read what he said here: Rob Parker’s Comments on RG3.

Your preposterous verbal assault on RG 3 ranks among the most despicable diatribes ever.  Your comments are demeaning to all members of our race.  Why can’t a black man be articulate without being suspected of trying to “act white”?   Sorry brother, there are numerous black brothers and sisters who are articulate and we have no desire to give whites the credit for how articulate we are.

You’re not the determiner of who is authentically black and who is not.  If a person is born black, he or she is black—period.  Because RG 3 elects to be involved with a white woman, he’s not authentically black?  Really?  You’re reckless.  You hurt so many people when you make comments like this.  How can you fight against racism when you’re using it?  You cannot.  You no longer have any credibility when it comes to discussing issues of race.  Actually, you no longer have any credibility to discuss anything, including sports.  Who wants to listen to you anymore, save some extremists who agree with your ignorance and radical viewpoints?

ESPN should do more than suspend you; you should be terminated indefinitely.

While everyone deserves a second chance, you can no longer be effective as an ESPN commentator because your comments will leave an everlasting stain incapable of redemption.  Hopefully, your understanding of blackness will improve.  Right now, you should feel an incredible amount of shame and should work your entire life to remedy this public wrong.

RG 3 is an exceptional athlete and person.  He deserves significant respect and admiration.

If ESPN does not fire you indefinitely, do us all a favor and resign.

Sincerely,

Antonio Maurice Daniels

University of Wisconsin-Madison