Rob Parker & Stephen A. Smith have a conversation about race and Robert Griffin III [video]

 

On-air personality Rob Parker was reportedly suspended indefinitely by ESPN on Friday stemming from his controversial comments about race and Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.

“Rob Parker has been suspended until further notice. We are conducting a full review.”

The comments came during ESPN’s “First Take” in a conversation about  the rookie Redskins’ QB  desire not to be referred to as a “black quarterback.”


“For me, you don’t ever want to be defined by the color of your skin,” Griffin said at the end of Wednesday’s post-practice news conference in reference to a question about Martin Luther King, Jr., via USA Today. “You want to be defined by your work ethic, the person that you are, your character, your personality. That’s what I’ve tried to go out and do.

“I am an African-American in America. That will never change. But I don’t have to be defined by that.”

Rob Parker mentioned that in conversations he’s observed in his Detroit area barbershop, “the bros” have questioned if RG3 is a “real brother” and not a “cornball.” He foolishly cited one of the things “the bros” used as evidence of his “cornball status,” the fact that RG3 is engaged to a white woman ironically named, Becky. – Go here if you’re missing the “Becky” reference.

Check out the video and let me know your thoughts about the conversation.

 

 

I think Rob was trying to have an open and honest conversation about some perceptions that happen in the black community at times. But this wasn’t the right forum for that. Coupled with the way he choose to express himself, the focus was redirected from the point I thought he was originally trying to make. Stephen A. Smith tried to help him articulate his thoughts more clearly but by that point, the damage had already been done.

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  • Scritti Politti

    “Beyond reproach”? The guy was suspended, dumb-ass.

  • Scritti Politti

    Don’t pretend that he was pretending to “understand” black people because of some celebrities. You’re just clinging to that strawman so you don’t have to do the real work of facing up to the problems that the community creates FOR ITSELF.

  • Scritti Politti

    We should ask Parker if black people also have a different system of values. Because if he insists that black people should act different from other races, then they are also exempt from being able to complain about the results by comparing their station in life to those of others. I have to behave, learn, speak, and dress a certain way if I’m going to succeed in a given professional realm, for example. You can’t “opt out” of all of those requirements and then bitch that you don’t have what I have.

    I notice that Parker’s wearing a suit. So now he’s going to pick and choose what’s right for all black people from the white man’s trappings, while belittling others for adopting or ignoring other customs? What a low-class hypocrite.

  • Scritti Politti

    “Fox is the ONLY balanced news network”

    This from a guy calling OTHER people idiots. Keep regurgitating what your neighbor said, parrot.

  • Scritti Politti

    Millions of “African-Americans”? I don’t recall boats hauling any of the current generation in from Africa. If you mean black people, say black people. Do you call white people “European-Americans”?

    If you’re proud of who you are, you don’t try to hide it with euphemisms. Black people don’t need you to hide them.

  • dcd

    First of all why does a black guy have to be a “bro”. Why can’t he just be his own person. That comment further perpetuated the stereotypes and why would he give a sh*# about what some guys at a barbershop in Detroit think anyway.

  • Scritti Politti

    “less-than-stellar white women”

    Oh, but if he dated a “stellar” white woman you’d be OK with it? What a low-life hypocrite.

  • Scritti Politti

    He’s just an infant trying to get attention. Next up: throwing food off his highchair.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001636800284 Dennis Vest

    It’s strange that while many prominent blacks always want to be viewed by their performance we have idiots like Parker who still expect blacks to follow the leader and stay on the plantation. RGIII is a tremendous talent and deserves to be evaluated by his performance on the field. Off the field he is a fine example of what we would want NFL players to be. Just b/c he is engaged to a white girl and (might be) is supposedly a Republican, so what? This is his private life. I hope this clown from ESPN is forever banned from on-air work. It’s not the first time he has made moronic statements…

  • whiskydick

    Rob Parker is a racist,not that bright,and FIRED,so FIRED.

  • Shooz

    Nothing about his comments surprise me. Rob often crosses the line and seems just a bit out of touch with reality. But, most of the time it’s about things that people don’t care that much about. This time they do. Most people – white, black or whatever love Robert Griffin III.

  • Gettinreal

    My thing with this is why wouldn’t RGIII want to be idenified as African-American and be proud of it. God help him if he makes a miss step in his life (remember O.J.), the white bigots out there will quickly let him know he’s just another black “thug” and “animal”.

  • Douglas Gerry

    I dont agree what Parker said but Espn should take some of blame for letting thing go to air because they have meeting before the show start to discuss what debate they are going have on the show. what producer let this get on air too discuss should be fired this conversation should never be brought up in my opinion

  • Harry_Balzonyah

    I knew this idiot would eventually step on his own d&$?. He compared deer hunting to dog fighting during the Michael Vick fiasco. Hopefully this is permanent.

  • sirtyrone

    Actually, I work for a state disability department. Since I have access to FACTS, it seems that YOU, my obese fried chicken and grits connoisseur, are the dumb ass!
    The percentage of blackies on welfare is > twice that of whites…as we already suspected. Now, don’t you feel even more stupid?

  • sirtyrone

    True. By making a statement declaring that it makes a difference being a “real” brother or not is, in itself, stupidly racist. We should all be American brothers, and STOP segregating ourselves into [black, white, brown, etc.] subgroups.

  • Dean

    The idea that there is a difference between races in the USA is constantly being exascerbated by the black community citing (alleged) allegiance first to their African heritage and secondly allegiance to their American heritage. When they stop calling themselves African-American things will get a lot better. They are Americans.

  • European ancestors

    I am a European American male, aka “white”, and all this race stuff needs to go. Arent we all over this by now?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nathan-Lee/1115636861 Nathan Lee

    Recheck your facts ass hole. That may be true in your county of your state but nationwide white folks receive more government aid than any other race. Maybe the disability department is where you are best suited.

  • TheMokoda

    The wording in your title is all wrong, Jill. You need to make a clear distinction between that which is CONTROVERSIAL and that which is IGNORANT and STUPID.
    Saying you don’t agree that helmet-to-helmet hits should be fined in the NFL is controversial, in that it will likely spark a debate with strong opinions on both sides of the issue.
    What Rob Parker said, basing a man’s ‘Blackness’ on some stupid, 1960′s era criteria? There are no two sides to something like that; it is universally agreed that the whole line of thinking is too stupid to be given any credibility at all.
    And what is it about this that needs to be ‘reviewed’. ESPN had better distance itself from this moron with a quickness, or it will find viewership dropping even more than it already has. I’d say the only thing that needs to be reviewed is Parker’s contract to find out how much they will have to pay him (if anything) while he’s on his way out the door!

  • TheMokoda

    The wording in your title is all wrong, Jill. You need to make a clear distinction between that which is CONTROVERSIAL and that which is IGNORANT and STUPID.
    Saying you don’t agree that helmet-to-helmet hits should be fined in the NFL is controversial, in that it will likely spark a debate with strong opinions on both sides of the issue.
    What Rob Parker said, basing a man’s ‘Blackness’ on some stupid, 1960′s era criteria? There are no two sides to something like that; it is universally agreed that the whole line of thinking is too stupid to be given any credibility at all.
    And what is it about this that needs to be ‘reviewed’. ESPN had better distance itself from this moron with a quickness, or it will find viewership dropping even more than it already has. I’d say the only thing that needs to be reviewed is Parker’s contract to find out how much they will have to pay him (if anything) while he’s on his way out the door!

  • Meshach

    OH MY!

  • TheMokoda

    You know, the said thing is not that Parker said what he said. That was just an act of stupidity. The sad thing is that he probably genuinely believes what he said. I couldn’t imagine going through life in that kind of philosophical prison.

  • One Sane Man

    I would read the comments but this is America and the racists never miss a chance to show their ass.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sherry-L-Howard/1225412467 Sherry L Howard

    If RG3 wasn’t a football player Becky would not be with him she is basic and mousy really RG3 is that the best you can do? I am shaking my head. I am not a fan of RG# anyway he is arrogant and who cares about him anyway.

  • Bill Johnson

    RGIII is right. The trouble with this country is we are not United.Your not a African American,Italian American, English American,Etc. We all are just Americans. Get over your selves and all unite to save this great land. Most European Americans or Oriental Americans don’t have to identify themselves by what country they came from. They are just Americans and proud of it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bassackwerdz Rob Paris

    Why cant he if he wants to be just an American and a NFL QB which is what he is. and a very capable and intelligent young man and I for one am very happy he is a member of the WASHINGTON REDSKINS !! HTTR

  • http://www.facebook.com/bassackwerdz Rob Paris

    sounds like you are jealous to me

  • http://www.facebook.com/bassackwerdz Rob Paris

    Well that is one place MR RG3 will never be because his parents brought him up right and put him in the position to be what he is today and what he will be a great American and a great NFL QB

  • http://www.facebook.com/bassackwerdz Rob Paris

    you just dont have a clue !!!

  • Louis Walker

    First, Stiletto Jill needs to learn to proofread. Second, re-read RGIII’s comments quoted above. Who else said almost exactly the same thing in one of the most famous speeches in our history? MLK. It’s race baiters like Parker who want to define blacks by in-your-face confrontation instead of dismissing racial stereotypes. They are just as responsible for racism in this country as every sheet-wearing, knuckle-dragging buffoon or skinhead. It IS possible to embrace black culture without meeting someone else’s definition of what being “black” means. Morgan Freeman was asked about how to diminish racism in America. His reply, in part, was “Stop talking about it”. We never hear this kind of garbage from the Hispanic-American or Asian-American communities or other minorities–why do we have to hear it from the Parkers of the black community?

  • Larry Stauth

    Joke or not, if a white man stood on that same stage and joked about being able to “kill black people”, it would be front page across the nation.

    THAT is the true definition of racial biased.

    Agreed, it was a joke, but one must be fair and jokes, comments of race or sexual preference MUST be non-arbitrary and balanced, period. Otherwise, by mere definition, it’s unfair and unequal.

  • gordo

    You are correct, this race stuff is insane and I choose not to be a part of it but treat people as equal sand don’t pre-judge. The problem is, we give these speaking heads too much of attention with their separate and distorted agendas.

  • tom teeters

    Little help please. Why is it ironic that his girlfriend is named Becky?

  • StilettoJill

    I think I’ve shared this several times. There is a song by a rapper named Sir-Mix-A-Lot that came out in the 90′s called “Baby got back” it starts off with two white girls critiquing a black girl’s butt. The words, “Oh my God BECKY, look at her butt” from that point in certain circles when referencing a white girl people refer to them as a “becky.” Just a pop culture reference

  • The New Improved American

    You darkeys and you whiteys….lol! Every now and then a few of you guys escape the stereotypical mold that has defined your strained relations but for the most part reading these blogs reinforces the educated opinion that neither of you are capable of improving your ability to co exist and put race issues behind you by leading by your actions. Everyone wants to trash talk or prove a point to reinforce old race issues but no one wants to lead by example or by their actions. It’s like the never ending story, the “blacks always play the race card and are lazy criminals” vs the “white man is holding me down”. Everyone is proving the point that no matter how far our society advances in race relations, you guys seem genetically predisposed to being stuck on stupid. It’s time to selectively breed darkeys and whiteys out of our society and just have one educated socially adaptable community.

  • palm-tree

    parker is a jerk

  • Eddie

    Well said!

  • mahalo:)

    if RG3 is not black then what does that make Obama. Albino?

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  • pause for thought

    this ties in with that 30/30 show about athletes going broke. So if you don’t dress a certain way, drive a proper car, wear proper jewelry, and don’t speak Ebonics, they call you an Oreo in the Detroit barber shop scene? But then a lot of celebrity. Rush, Stern ,Trump, are controversial and laugh all the way to the bank. Some media types are famous for being controversial rather then the content of what they say. we forgave pys the Koran rapper for saying worse about our troops and their family’s

  • pause for thought

    voice of reason it’s the %, not the total amount.. crime , murder is normally per capita. Of course Mexico city has more crime then Chicago. it is per capita that more accurately shows crime. So if you are 12% of the population per affirmative action logic, you should be entitled to get 12% of the jobs, welfare funds, When saying unemployed we normally use % of the population of a group. Wither senior, male, educated, race, what ever criteria we use. . To say you have 10,000 unemployed, in prison, what ever, doesn’t tell as much as to say 50% of a group is unemployed.

  • lisa jeter

    Someone tell me since when a young black man who is real classy like RG3 is not black enough this young man was raised with such class and is very smart and intelligent.Rob Parker is not suspended any more he got Fired for saying those harsh comments about RG3. Rob is very wrong and he’s paying for those comments real hard.People need to stop being so rude and show more love less being judgemental because this young man is doing a good job in the nfl and calling RG3 finacee becky is not cool at all because calling her becky is wrong. Because calling her becky is the term for i will not go there but she love him and he love her. The point is that Rob parker should not went there with those comments because he lost his job and Dr Martin luther King Jr. is super proud because blacks are standing up high and Slavery were fighting for freedom for all African americans so we have much rights as white people should and this should have been postitve aspects of life and we still have more work to proved but all of us are proud that RG3 handled this in a much classier way and i am proud to be an african-amercian.