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Why Cam Newton is unacceptable to the mainstream 

Cam Newton

Cam Newton

For many football fans, the sport is the epitome of unspoken ideals and values like athletic superiority, sportsmanship and prejudices that are now being challenged by Cam Newton. On the field, Newton has achieved unparalleled success but it is his off-field behavior that has many mainstream media outlets portraying him in an unflattering light. It’s all a part of the unspoken, manufactured issue of race in today’s sports.

It’s because Newton represents one of the main things that white media hates – pronounced Black swagger. It intimidates many to see a Black man who has money, power and fame, especially one who takes the lead in the most famous sporting competition in America, the Super Bowl. Cam Newton does not bow down to his critics and continues to rock hip-hop fashion and is a celebrity based on his positive merits.

For many, seeing a Black man take pride in his victories and not being humble is irritating. This has always been the case for Blacks in sports – from heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali to tennis superstar Serena Williams. Black excellence in sports is something that mainstream media has a problem reporting on because of the narrow minded nature of America.

A quarterback represents leadership, superior skill and intellect. But a Black quarterback challenges that mindset because Black players are “all muscle and no brain.” In the case of Cam Newton, not only does he prove that he is the best but he is also leading the Carolina Panthers, a predominantly Black team. To add to the tension in today’s game is the fact that Newton will be up against an aging Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos. This will be Manning’s fifth appearance at a Super Bowl and the white man vs. the young buck cannot be denied. Newton is unapologetically Black, supremely confident, and a threat to the legacy of the great white quarterback Manning and this for some is unacceptable.


21 Comments

  1. Likewaterforchoc on February 8, 2016 at 11:00 am

    We all know why without reading the article. Cam is intelligent, well-spoken, community-oriented, handsome, impressive in physical stature, his own man, a good QB and unapologetically black.

    • Jason on February 8, 2016 at 11:20 am

      In a world of coons – it is refreshing to see a proud black man.

      • hidaya on February 8, 2016 at 11:33 am

        Jason, You sound like you think blacks should still be outside picking cotton. Dear sir, the memo was sent years ago that blacks are free and have the RIGHT to be strong, opinionated, aggressive, college educated, proud, oh, and QUARTERBACKS!

        • Jason on February 8, 2016 at 11:48 am

          Don’t get it twisted – I support Cam. He is NOT a coon. Maybe I didn’t phrase it correctly.

        • Jason on February 8, 2016 at 11:48 am

          Better?

  2. Jason on February 8, 2016 at 11:18 am

    Basically, it boils down to this: Blacks need to fully support unapologetic proud black men. That is all!

    • Cee jay on February 8, 2016 at 11:38 am

      Your racist comment invalidates any thing else you have to say on here . GTFOH! Pronto,asshole!

      • Jason on February 8, 2016 at 11:47 am

        Nothing I said is racist you suspected white supremacist.

      • Likewaterforchoc on February 8, 2016 at 2:43 pm

        Only a privileged white person would believe that it is their place to come into a black forum and tell black people that they need to leave their own space. Why don’t you people leave us alone and stay out of our business? Because you understand nothing. His commentary is in no way racist, but encouraging people to have a sense of pride in a positive and talented black person.

  3. hidaya on February 8, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Cam is a wonderful prototype of a strong, intelligent, black man. He works hard and he has the right to be human…& that includes getting upset when he doesn’t win!

    We’ve all been 26yrs old but we all haven’t been as gifted as Cam! Let the man live!

  4. SandyTodd on February 9, 2016 at 3:54 am

    As opposed to all the other black quarterbacks and players. Nope, people don’t like Cam Newton because he is a disrepectful jerk. Treating fans of other teams like garbage is unacceptable. Black football players really can’t excuse their bad behavior by claiming racism. Occasionally, as in the case of Richard Sherman being called a thug, the racism is blatant. But Cam Newton acting like a jerk off the field is a whole other bucket of worms. He needs to grow up, not have his behavior coddled.

    • just being me on February 9, 2016 at 6:00 am

      What does he need to grow up in doing .. He is having fun playing the game he loves .. Other players get on the field and score a touchdown and start dancing and pointing to there penis and nobody says a word but when Cam does a simple dance everybody goes crazy .. Double standard much ??

  5. Kelly on February 9, 2016 at 8:39 am

    cAM nEWTON IS A RACIST BIGOT. You should get on your knees and beg Ben Carson to open up your eyes. And why did you not go for the fumble that YOU lost. Bet you’d be pretty good at dodgeball.

  6. Rich Champ on February 9, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    A couple of things…up until the Super Bowl Cam had a great season…but certainly not unparalleled. Maybe it’s in the top 5 or ten but several QB’s have had better ones. Also, Manning just played in his 4th Super Bowl- not his 5th. It wasn’t a black versus white qb Super Bowl…it was defense verses offense- Manning was mostly just there to hand the ball off and try not to lose it. Also…the NFL is pure capitalism… teams pay for the best “products” (PLAYERS) regardless of race, creed, or criminal history. It’s all about winning and losing. Winners rise to the top and players and fans don’t really care if a QB gets there on brains or brawn- so long as he gets there. I don’t think Cam is disliked because he’s a powerful black man. Maybe his dabbing and posing and team photos before the game is over is an “in your face black thing” (I really can’t say) …but he put a lot of people off because a lot of these antics were done during games that were blowouts. Mohamed Ali is one of the most universally beloved athletes of all time. His charm, confidence and charisma also had a strategy to it that people respected. More importantly he never recited “float like a butterfly -sting like a bee” while standing over a knocked out opponent.

  7. Nathan Bollong on February 9, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    why

  8. Nathan Bollong on February 9, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    It appears that in politically correct America, no blacks may be criticized, or legitimately scrutinized, or it is a racist act. Several social studies have shown that African-Americans are now self-segregating, and jealously protect against being race-traitors. Cam Newton is a jerk—whether he is black, white or chartreuse. It is just that no black may be criticized in our society. We shall soon join Europe in making it illegal to criticize Islam or blacks.
    A Purdue University, U of Minnesota and a study by the National Association of Social Workers and Psychologists all indicate that extreme pressure is imposed on blacks to “stay true to the race.” We shall never, ever be a unified people again in the United States, government policies, academia and the MSM all drive wedges between we citizens of this country. Winston Churchill predicted all of what has occurred in The West, as Socialism is not working, and government MUST insure that its people are divided and vie with one another for government benefits and preferential treatment. We are doomed as a Nation and as a civilization.

  9. Anderson Fletcher on February 9, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    “A quarterback represents leadership, superior skill and intellect. But a Black quarterback challenges that mindset because Black players are ‘all muscle and no brain.’”

    Seriously? Is this guy living in the 1930’s? Who says things like that anymore?? Does the “white media” really stereotype like that today?? Honestly, the only stereotyping that I’m seeing is coming from this writer!

    “It’s because Newton represents one of the main things that white media hates – pronounced Black swagger. It intimidates many to see a Black man who has money, power and fame, especially one who takes the lead in the most famous sporting competition in America, the Super Bowl.”

    One of the MAIN things “white media” hates? Pronounced Black swagger? Is that what we’re calling inflated EGO today? Was it Cam or Von Miller who took the lead in the most famous sporting competition in America – the Super Bowl? Who has the bragging rights? Are we misjudging Johnny Manziel too? Are his antics just pronounced White swagger?

    How did a pronounced narcissistic quarterback get turned into a victim? Is he the only African American quarterback in the league? Are the jealous white people picking on them too, or are those quarterbacks not African enough? I think Teddy Bridgewater is an excellent quarterback, as is Russell Wilson! Robert Griffin III got a raw deal from the Washington Redskins, but I’m confident that he’ll bounce back! He’s got a great work ethic, which can greatly improve a team in need of an experienced quarterback. Tyrod Taylor had a respectable 8-8 season with the Buffalo Bills, while Colinbert Kaeperdinck of the San Francisco 49ers failed to live up to the swagger he displayed in his first few seasons. He thought he was carrying his team too! Who would have suspected that it was really the coach? I wonder how many times he kissed his bicep THIS season? The Niners looked pretty unstoppable the year they went to the Super Bowl. They were stopped too. Now look at them. Karma took Kaeperdinck down a few notches…starting with that Super Bowl loss. Cam just got his first taste of that on Sunday.

    “For many, seeing a Black man take pride in his victories and not being humble is irritating. This has always been the case for Blacks in sports – from heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali to tennis superstar Serena Williams. Black excellence in sports is something that mainstream media has a problem reporting on because of the narrow minded nature of America.”

    I’m sorry. Refresh my memory! When did Serena Williams grab an opponent’s banner out of the hands of her fans then destroy it? I’m fuzzy on that one. When did Ali do it? Muhammad Ali was a funny guy! He even made Howard Cosell laugh! That guy never laughed! But he laughed at, and with Ali! His “swagger” wasn’t anything like Cam’s.

    To hear people like this writer talk, the progress made since Dr. King’s dream began never happened! To read his words, it’s still us against them! I am so sick of us against them!! I’m sick of being told I’m a racist, just because I don’t like an African American quarterback for the same reasons I didn’t like narcissistic white quarterbacks before him! I’m sick of being labeled this or that simply because I don’t like an African American President, for the same reason I didn’t like his white predecessor, or HIS white predecessor!

    I will not be herded like some scared little sheep into any viewpoint that is not MY viewpoint! I either respect people or hold my respect for people based on their CONDUCT, not on their nationality, religion, or color! People are people, and unique creations of God!

    I support Marco Rubio (Cuban American), Ben Carson (African American), Rand Paul (Euro-American), and Bernie Sanders (Jewish American) for president! I list ethnicity to illustrate that I don’t care where someone came from! I only care where they are right now, and where they’re going from here! If Cam Newton changes his ways, and starts showing some humility, because Lord knows that he needs to, especially after Sunday’s performance, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. Unfortunately, Cam still acts like he did in college! So does Johnny Manziel for that matter. And the American sports community has every right to call narcissistic behavior by it’s true name, WITHOUT being labeled racist for doing so!

    Racism will not end until racists, like this writer, stop using the racism of the past to justify the racism of the present! Cam Newton is a talented athlete. No one will argue that. Tom Brady is a talented athlete. No one will argue that either. But because of their conduct, I have the right to dislike them both! I don’t particularly like Peyton Manning! I don’t dislike him because of any conduct issue, although the man can’t sing, and needs to stop doing Nationwide commercials, I just dislike stats quarterbacks! On paper, Manning and Marino are better quarterbacks than Joe Montana. Stats lovers tell me that all the time! I say show me the money! Marino took the Dolphins to ONE Super Bowl…and lost to Joe Montana! Elway lost to Joe! Every quarterback that challenged him in the Super Bowl lost to Joe Montana. That’s the money! I don’t care what you do in the regular season! If you aren’t a closer, you’re no Joe Montana! Cam is no closer…at least not yet. I hope he gets there eventually, after he learns a little respect for more than just himself!

    Class (true swagger) earns respect. If by now you’re not sure what I mean, just look at Russell Wilson! He’s a talented athlete who conducts himself with humble confidence, and respect for the power he holds! He knows he’s a roll model, and he conducts himself responsibly! He shows respect for the teams he comes up against, EVEN when he crushes them! Because you can’t just be a talented athlete on a stage like the one he performs on! Your talent must be accompanied by sportsmanship, which Cam severely lacks, and complete awareness of the influence these things have on young fans! Russell Wilson is among the greatest quarterbacks in the game today! Cam is not. Cam is another Colinbert Kaeperdinck at this point in his career! He could rise, with an attitude adjustment, to Wilson’s level, but he’ll probably need a few more disappointments before that happens. Class swagger is far better than “black” swagger! Know why? Because class swagger is universal. It doesn’t care what color you are! Class makes no distinctions, while “white” swagger and “black” swagger keep the fences up, and the battle lines drawn! They’re all about distinction and separation! And if you find yourself rejecting class swagger, in favor of any swagger that separates, then you still cling to a world of racism, and you are what you cling to.

  10. Timshel54 on February 11, 2016 at 8:44 am

    I saw a black man having a temper tantrum not unlike that of a three year old.
    If that’s “black swagger”…than so be it.

  11. Jon on October 6, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    In my world arrogance is a negative trait and humbleness is a positive one. Swagger in any color is ugly.
    Those who are truly confident are humble.
    Do you think he is a good role model?

  12. Terry Bennett on October 12, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    Dislike for Newtons antics have nothing to do with skin color!! He behaves like an immature boob not a professional and role model. He embarrasses himself and detracts from his talent..what a waste….

  13. David Marolda on October 14, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    Wow what a jerk the writer is…. Just like Cam. This is not a race issue. It’s a bad behavior issue. Cam the Ham is a self-selfagrandizing arrogant jerk and a poor sportsman.