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How Cam Newton lied to himself by claiming that America is beyond racism

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In January of this year, Cam Newton made a bold statement shortly before playing in Super Bowl 50. During a press conference, Newton said, “I’ve said it since Day One, I’m an African American quarterback that might scare some people, because they haven’t seen anything they can compare me to.”

Newton appeared to understand how race and status can even play a major role in sports. But in a recent interview conducted by GQ, Newton presented an opinion that was completely opposite of his statement in January. When asked if racism is a factor in the criticism he receives, Newton reportedly told GQ, “It’s not racism. Everybody’s entitle [sic] to their own opinion. I don’t want this to be about race, because it’s not. It’s not. Like, we’re beyond that. As a nation.”

Newton’s denial was shocking and wrong on every level. If Newton took a moment to watch or read the news this summer, he would have learned how bad race relations are in America. He would have seen how Alton Sterling was shot to death in police custody after his only crime was selling CDs. Newton would have watched the viral video of Philando Castille dying after being shot by a cop during a routine traffic stop. Newton would have also known that every police officer in the Freddie Gray case went home after being acquitted of his murder. And all of this has occurred within the last 60 days.

With a visit to the Super Bowl, Newton is now one of the most high-profile athletes in the nation. He has received numerous endorsement deals and more are likely to come his way. It’s hard to understand Newton’s thought process without actually speaking with him, but it appears as if the statement about race was made to appease his corporate sponsors. Some Black athletes and entertainers are willing to make White people feel comfortable in order to continue receiving a paycheck. They acquiesce to the idea that discussions about racism could cause tension and misunderstandings.

However, athletes and entertainers are in the perfect position to use their platforms to ignite the dialogue when it comes to racism in America. Athletes such as Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Swin Cash have all spoken out against the injustices that stem from racism. As the most visible quarterback in the NFL, Newton should also feel obligated to tell the truth about race and America.

Because the statement that Newton made to GQ is a lie that only he, and others who ignore the facts, could believe.




14 Comments

  1. Jason on August 16, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    I don’t believe Cam believes his statement. Instead, he is aware that athletes are often tricked by the media to make comments on race in order to get them into trouble. His very comment on being an African American qb implies he knows what the deal is. Let him play chess with these white supremacists out here, but if you catch him cooning call him out.

    • Likewaterforchoc on August 16, 2016 at 5:05 pm

      2015 Cam did NOT believe this. He was the one who had the guts to say that a lot of his criticism stemmed from the fact that he was a black quarterback and that scare a lot of people. He was the “unapologetically black” quarterback of the NFL. I’m guessing this is an attempt at an overhaul his image and to not be so polarizing to white NFL fans. What I do find peculiar is the timing of his backpeddling. The racial climate has actually worsened since he made his statement last year. And we have actually just begun to have athletes stop putting their heads down, stop worrying about endorsements and taking a stance on racism.

      • Jason on August 16, 2016 at 6:32 pm

        Real talk Likewater… I get a feeling he is getting pressure either from his team management or sponsors. Unfortunately, it seems that many of the players in the NFL are the ultimate bucks on the plantation unable to speak out against anything outside of football.

        • Nigg.Newton on August 17, 2016 at 3:14 am

          Wrong…Jason…you are wrong.

          Cam Newton, is maturing as a man, and human. He is now seeing how, your actions result in how people perceive you. YOU can change your life, nobody else can.

          I commend this BLACK MAN for seeing life for what it really is…and racism is GONE in AMERICA…you Black folks keep begging for RACISM, but BLACK FOLKS killing and doing the damage to other BLACK FOLKS.

          • Jason on August 17, 2016 at 11:59 am

            Joke, but I am glad you voted for your own comments. Maybe you will get a couple more white supremacists to vote for you too.

            The President & family are the essence of all the things White tell Blacks to be in this country, but they are portrayed as monkeys. No Racism?

            Billionaire Donald Sterling is surrounded by the best Black talent has to offer – yet he doesn’t want “them” in his stadium. No Racism?

            Donald Trump’s candidacy has awakened confirmed/admitted White Supremacist David Duke who is now motivated to run for political office. No Racism?

            Even the FBI has confirmed the infiltration of White Supremacists groups into law enforcement around the country. No Racism?

            Don’t worry – no need to reply. The only thing there is a lack of in your comments is the truth.



      • Nigg.Newton on August 17, 2016 at 3:12 am

        YOU BLACK BROKE BITCHS…

        Shut the fuck up…Cam Newton, is working and now a MILLIONAIRE…his life has changed DAMN. Do you get that…

        HE doesn’t live the same LIFE or LIFESTYLE, you Black Broke FOLKS live.

        Weave, DICK and SNAP is what most you BLACK WHORES life about.

    • guest on August 18, 2016 at 10:42 am

      His comments were disappointing and counterproductive. He could have said nothing instead of ultimately denying racism exist. He lacks maturity and courage of conviction. He’s also a frontrunner on the playing field.

      • Jason on August 19, 2016 at 10:46 am

        I think he didn’t want to lack $$$$$$$. This is why it is so important that we support those celebrities with the stones to speak out in defense of Black people. Maybe those not totally comfortable on the front-line need to defer to those who are when asked questions of race.

  2. Lamar Battle on August 16, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    Maybe he fell down as a child and bumped his head maybe he got his head hit too hard at football practice whatever it is that’s just stupid

  3. Phil on August 16, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    Hello, and while we’re on this race card rant under Barak Obama, can we talk abt the 100 or so black on black shootings in Chicago ??? Oh, did I mention over the weekend ? Oh, sorry, I guess we can’t discuss it here. Ok, yes, let’s sweep it under the rug. It’s not up for discussion cuz it doesn’t fit comfy in the black lives really don’t matter agenda. I see now how this works. Duh!!!

    • SavageBomber on August 16, 2016 at 9:57 pm

      Should we talk about the white people killing each other also? The fact that white on white crime is within 10% of that of black on black? Crime is relative to your surroundings. If you’re white in a white community, you’re most likely going to be killing white people. Stop with the propaganda and read something. You bringing up black people killing black people with guns that whites put there in the first place to ensure that it happens. As well as the drugs to alter their state of mind and the poison that’s in the water supply and air…. But let’s not delve too deep on this matter because your one-sided statement shows me that you’re not even ready to go there.

      • Nigg.Newton on August 17, 2016 at 3:17 am

        Sir,

        SAVAGE BOMBER…you just FUCKING LIED…

        – White on White Crime base on White Population is less than 3% !!!

        – Black on Black Crime base on Black Population is over 55% !!!

        Dumb ass, learn how to understand numbers, statistics and math. YOU NIGGAS too stupid to understand how to comprehend statistics.

        • SavageBomber on August 17, 2016 at 5:22 am

          “Based on population” statistics will always be higher because we are the minority in Amerikkka, but bare bones facts…

          According to the US Department of Justice statistics, 84 percent of white people killed every year are killed by other whites. In 2011, there were more cases of whites killing whites than there were of blacks killing blacks. Between 1980 to 2008, a majority (53.3 percent) of gang-related murders were committed by white people, with a majority of the homicide victims being white as well.

          Stop playing with me. All that propaganda bullshit goes out the window with me. If one black person dies vs one white person, our population total based on percentage in Amerikkka decreases far more drastically because there are less of us here, but bare bone statistics show that 84% of crimes committed on white people is by white people. Which is well within ten percent of black on black crime. You played yourself. Congratulations. Research before you come at me next time.

          • Yolan on August 18, 2016 at 12:29 am

            Oh do you feel you won? Tuff guy over here on the internet. Look out he’ll type a bunch of $h!t no one will read. “short attention span” America after all.