December 13, 2012, - 5:36 pm
Rob Parker, RACIST of the Year VIDEO: ESPN’r Calls Redskins QB Not Black Enough, “Cornball Brother” (for Being Republican, Having White Fiancee)
Today, Detroit sports columnist and TV personality Rob Parker went on ESPN and called Washington Redskins Quarterback Robert Griffin III a “cornball brother” and said he’s not Black enough because Griffin is a Republican, has a White fiancee, and because he made statements that his skin color is not his identity. For the record, I know Parker and once worked with him, and he’s not only a racist, but he got everywhere he is and was given big break after big break solely because of his skin color. And that’s the real racism. He likes to make sensational comments like this to get attention, but he really believes this stuff. He’s also jealous that, unlike Parker himself, RGIII got where he is based on skill, not on affirmative action breaks based on complexion. Watch the video, below:
“Cornball Brother”: Rob Parker (Left) Says Redskins QB Robert Griffin III is Not Black Enough
We keep hearing this so it makes me wonder deeper about him. I’ve talked to some people in Washington D.C. My question, which is just a straight, honest question, is he a brother or is he a “cornball brother”?
He’s not really. Okay, he’s black, but he’s not really down with the cause . . . .
He’s kind of black, but He’s not really the guy you want to hang out with. He’s off to something else.
We all know he has a white fiancee. People always talk about how he’s Republican. There’s no information at all. I’m just trying to dig deeper into why he has an issue.
By the way, here is the quote from Robert Griffin that makes him “not Black enough” in the world according to Rob Parker:
I am an African-American in America. That will never change. But I don’t have to be defined by that…We always try to find similarities in life, no matter what it is so they’re going to try to put you in a box with other African-American quarterbacks – Vick, Newton, Randall Cunningham, Warren Moon…That’s the goal. Just to go out and not try to prove anybody wrong but just let your talents speak for themselves.
Here’s what you need to know about Rob Parker (that I learned from personal experience when I worked with him):
When I hosted a radio talk show in 2002-2003 on what was then Detroit’s CBS-owned FM talk station (97.1 FM), every single thing Rob Parker said and did was race-based. That’s his very one-dimensional life. Race is who he is, and as I noted, how he got where he is. He was a lousy columnist for Detroit’s major newspapers, each of which fired him. The Detroit Newsistan finally got rid of him after one of his typically outrageous questions at a Detroit Lions press conference about the coach’s daughter and her fiance. That was after he got caught fabricating quotes and stories and got away with it, when a White columnist would have been fired immediately. And he wasn’t exactly a good radio host. But his then-on-air partner, Mark Wilson, told me, “They’ll never get rid of Rob because he’s Black and he’ll sue them. They know it, and he knows they know it.” And he managed to stay on the air much longer than he should have because of his skin tone.
One night on my late night show which followed Parker and Wilson’s “Parker & the Man” show (the show that Wilson–the White guy–helmed most of the time and Parker “phoned it in” most of the time), I discussed the Supreme Court decision on the University of Michigan’s affirmative action program (there were two Court decisions on it, actually). I talked about a close friend of my father’s, Dr. Franklin, a Black medical doctor. Dr. Franklin was a genius and among the best and brightest doctors there was. He graduated from Harvard Medical School with honors before there was affirmative action. But affirmative action took all that away from him because it led people to doubt his credentials, even though he was better than most doctors regardless of race. To prove the point, I then asked my listeners if, given that race is still a deciding factor in medical school admissions, would they go to a Black doctor or let a Black doctor operate on them. I particularly asked my Black listeners to comment on that. And every single Black caller said he or she would NOT go to a Black doctor, knowing that a Black doctor likely had affirmative action and might not meet the standards. In fact, most of my Black callers said they made it a practice to avoid Black doctors because of affirmative action, something I myself wouldn’t do (or admit to if I did).
But, then, Rob Parker called in, something just not done at radio stations. Another host doesn’t call a show and attack a fellow host on the air. Or, at least, that’s how it used to be. Parker called me a racist on the air. I let him engage in his rage-filled rant against me because he sounded like an idiot and a crazy man, and I like to let idiots and crazies perform. It’s very entertaining, as it was for my listeners. I could have responded or waited until he hung up and said on the air that Rob Parker is Exhibit A of racism–that he uses his skin color as a cover for lack of qualifications to get very far in life. But I didn’t need to. After all, the listeners to his show didn’t need me to tell them. Anyone who knows Rob Parker or has listened to him knows that racial identity and racial politics are his be-all, end-all.
And, so, I’m not surprised that Racist Rob is calling another Black man a “cornball brother” and doubting his blackness because that man wants to be known by his skills and not his race, unlike Rob who has not skills and only has the serendipity of race.
If Rob Parker were not Black, he’d never be on ESPN or be a columnist for ESPN’s New York website. If Rob Parker were White, he wouldn’t be in the elite group of successful sports commentators–a field everyone wants to break into, but in which few succeed. If Rob Parker weren’t a “brother,” neither you nor I would ever have heard of him.
And that’s the way it should be. Rob Parker’s career in public commentary should have ended long ago. But his skin color has given him not just nine lives, but 109.
It speaks volumes when the Stephen A. Smith, an egomaniacal liberal and uber-racebaiter on Rob Parker’s level, says on the air that he’s uncomfortable they went down that path. It’s like Al Sharpton making Jesse Jackson look sane.
Rob Parker is now the fill-in sportscaster for Detroit’s NBC affiliate, Local 4/WDIV-TV. Will the station have the guts to get rid of this racist? Will ESPN have the cojones to fire him?
Or will “Real Brother” Rob Parker’s Racist Gold Card play work yet again? I vote the latter.
One other thing: in today’s day and age, I thought having a White fiancee–especially if you’re a pro athlete–was the most “Brotherly” thing one could do. Just sayin’.
Tags: Blacks, Cornball Brother, ESPN, Not Black Enough, race card, Racism, RG3, RGIII, Rob Parker, Rob Parker racist, Robert Griffin III, Stephen A. Smith, Washington Redskins