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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

When is Being Black Being Black?

“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.” — Frederick Douglass

One of the most exciting young players in the National Football League this year is the quarterback for the Washington Redskins, Robert Griffin III — otherwise known as RGIII. Griffin, a graduate of Baylor University and winner of the prestigious Heisman Trophy, was the first player picked by the Redskins in the 2012 NFL draft. The Redskins mortgaged the house by trading three years’ worth of first round picks to the St. Louis Rams, a team that due to their dismal 2011 seasons had been awarded the second overall pick in the draft.

The first player picked in the draft was quarterback Andrew Luck, of Stanford, by the Indianapolis Colts at team with the worst 2011 record. Both college quarterbacks were highly rated collage players desired by many NFL teams.

Griffin was born on Okinawa, where his parents, Robert Jr. and Jacqueline, both U.S. Army sergeants, were stationed. The family later lived at Fort Lewis near Tacoma, Washington, and then moved to New Orleans, Louisiana. They finally settled in Copperas Cove, Texas in 1997.

Griffin attended Copperas Cove High School, where he was a three-sport star in basketball, football, and track. He started at quarterback for two seasons. During his junior season, he passed for 2,001 yards and 25 touchdowns with two interceptions, while compiling 876 rushing yards for 8 touchdowns. He received first-team All-District 16-4A honors after the season. As a senior he recorded 1,285 rushing yards, posting 24 touchdowns, and passed for 1,356 yards for 16 touchdowns with seven interceptions. In his senior season Copperas Cove finished with a record of 13–2, but lost in the championship game of the 2007 Class 4A Division I state playoffs. Over the two seasons, he rushed for a total of 2,161 yards and 32 touchdowns while passing for 3,357 yards and 41 touchdowns with nine interceptions., a college football recruiting service, ranked Griffin the fourth-best dual-threat quarterback in the nation and the 42nd-best player in Texas in the high school prospect class of 2008. During the college recruiting period Griffin was pursued by Stanford, Tennessee, Kansas, Nebraska, Houston, Tulsa, Illinois, Washington State, and Oregon. Griffin initially committed to play for Houston under head coach Art Briles. When Briles left Houston to take the head coaching position at Baylor, Griffin switched his commitment and eventually signed a letter of intent to play for Baylor, in part because the university also had a top track and field program.

Griffin graduated from high school a semester early, after serving as class250px-Rg3_redskins president and ranking seventh in his class. He began attending Baylor, A Baptist, Christian University, during the spring 2008 semester when he was 17 years old. As a member of Baylor's track and field team, Griffin finished in first place in the 400-meter hurdles at both the Big 12 Conference Championship and the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship meets; he also broke the NCAA Midwest Regional 400-meter hurdles record. He placed third in the NCAA meet and also participated in the U.S. Olympic Trials, in which he advanced to the semifinals. Griffin graduated in three years with a degree in political science and a 3.67 GPA, while appearing on the Dean's List twice. During his final year of college sports eligibility, he was studying for a Master's degree in communication.

Coming into the 2011 season, the Baylor Bears were not expected to do well, being picked 6th in the Big 12 preseason poll. The Bears opened the season against 15th-ranked TCU. The Bears took a 47-23 lead into the 4th quarter, and were able to fight off a comeback after the Horned Frogs gained the lead 48-47 briefly, only for Baylor to kick the game winning field goal and win 50-48. They pulled off the upset in large part due to Griffin's performance; he passed for 359 yards, with 5 touchdowns and a 77.8% completion percentage. On the game-winning drive, Griffin also caught a key pass. Following the win, Baylor entered the AP Poll rankings for only the third time in the previous 15 seasons, at 20th, and Griffin was considered by many to be a Heisman Trophy candidate. After a bye week Baylor shut out Stephen F. Austin State University 48-0, and Griffin went 20 of 22 (90.9%) for 247 yards and 3 touchdowns and ran for 78 yards. In week 4, Griffin ushered Baylor to their third win, beating Rice University 56-31; Griffin completed 29 of 33 passes (87.9%) for 338 yards with 51 yards rushing and a touchdown. In week five against Kansas State, Griffin almost brought the Bears to their fourth win, going 23 out of 31 (74.2%) for 346 yards and five touchdowns with only one interception, but they lost 36-35 to the Wildcats. In week six against Iowa State, Griffin took Baylor to Iowa for their fourth win, completing 22 out of 30 (73.3%) for 212 yards, one touchdown, and zero interceptions. He won the Heisman Trophy, becoming the first player from Baylor to win it. Griffin also led Baylor to a 10-3 record, including a 67-56 win over the Washington Huskies in the Alamo Bowl. With a combined 123 points, it stands as the highest-scoring regulation bowl game in NCAA history. Due to the Alamo Bowl, Griffin became the first player since Tim Tebow in 2007 to win the Heisman and not appear in the National Championship.

Griffin was widely projected to be the No. 2 pick of the draft, but the St. Louis Rams — the team originally holding the pick — had already selected Sam Bradford to be their long-term starting quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. Wanting to stick with Bradford, the Rams decided to deal the pick prior to the draft, with the Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins perceived as the most interested bidders. After a brief bidding process, the Redskins acquired the pick by giving the Rams four high-value draft picks over three years: their No. 6 overall pick in 2012, their second-round pick in 2012, and their first-round picks in 2013 and 2014.

Griffin III's father, Robert Griffin, Jr., a talented basketball player at Kennedy High School, enlisted in the Army before he graduated. While stationed in Fort Carson, Colorado, he met and later married Jackie Griffin (née Ross). The couple were deployed to Okinawa, Fort Lewis and Fort Hood, nearby which they eventually settled after retiring from the military.

At Baylor, Griffin III met his fiancée Rebecca Liddicoat, a native of Boulder, Colorado.

If you haven’t noticed by now RGIII is black.

RGII is the latest black under attack by the Blackness Gestapo. The Blackness Gestapo are racists, black and white, who troll the airways keeping blacks in check, faithful to their blackness. They believe that to be authentically black, one must behave and think in certain ways. Blackness Gestapo-authorized black behavior includes having a chip on your shoulder against whites, maintaining an eternal victim and entitlement mindset, never achieving success without Democratic Party programs, and never, ever voting Republican. Blacks must call themselves African-Americans and display an urban edge via their speech, attire, and attitude.

Blackness Gestapo enforcer and ESPN analyst Rob Parker accused RGIII of not being black enough. Griffin comes from a great military family. His fiancée is white. He is extremely articulate. He wants to be judged by his performance on the football field without regard for his skin color. Wow — what a radical concept in our new "everything is about race" Obama America. Doesn't RGIII sound like he embraces the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — that people be judged by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin? (Don’t look for the video of Parker’s remarks on YouTube as it has been pulled for violation of YouTube’s policies)

But worst of all, Parker stated he has a white girlfriend and rumor has it that Griffin might be a Republican.

It should be noted that Rush Limbaugh was fired from his 2003 football analysis gig on ESPN his comments on Eagles quarterback Donovan McNab for saying after the Eagles 23-13 win over the Buffalo Bills:

“Sorry to say this, I don't think he's been that good from the get-go," Limbaugh said. "I think what we've had here is a little social concern in the NFL. The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. There is a little hope invested in McNabb, and he got a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he didn't deserve. The defense carried this team."

The idiotic self-imposed suppression of black liberation and growth by the Blackness Gestapo goes way back.

In the '70s, I remember watching an episode of the sitcom Good Times. A black politician was criticized by the black community for coming across too white. To prove his blackness and win black voters, the politician had to show that he could speak an urban language called The Dozens. Clearly, the absurd, restrictive message of the episode was that regardless of one's education, racial loyalty requires that blacks maintain remnants of the hood.

Remember the '90s comedy TV show In Living Color? A standard joke of the program was the black guy who did not sound or behave like he came from the ghetto. The message was that blacks who speak English correctly and prefer sushi over fried chicken are traitors trying to be white.

Witness the same brain-dead behavior from blacks in Florida when brilliant, articulate black Republican Jennifer Carroll ran for Congress against the Democrat incumbent do-nothing-for-her-constituents Corrine Brown. Brown's district was mostly black and ghetto. Brown had been in office forever, without much positive change in her district. Carroll was smart and loaded with fresh new ideas. Brown won re-election, hands down. Word on the street was that Carroll sounded too white. Give me a break! Racist idiots! This behavior also applies to contemporaries like Allan West and Mia Love. It no doubt will be carried over to Tim Scott the newly appointed U.S. Senator (by Nikki Haley the governor of South Carolina) to fill .the seat of retiring Senator Jim DeMint.

As Lloyd Marcus, a Black Tea Party conservative wrote in American Thinker

“Blackness Gestapo Generals Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton had a "'tude" against Obama for running for president without hood "creds" such as theirs.  Obama had to prove his blackness by spending 20 years in Rev. Jeremiah Wright's racist church. The mainstream media partnered with the Democrats in hiding Rev. Wright's racist rants from the public to protect their first black serious socialistic/progressive contender for the Oval Office.

If I sound a bit frank in my language, it is because I am tired of Blackness Gestapo thugs threatening and stifling the growth of blacks. How dare they dictate the behavior of myself and other blacks?

Forty years ago, I met a black fencing master -- as in sword-fighting. I was elated. I carted the brother to recreation centers across Baltimore. I wanted black kids to see black excellence beyond basketball, football, baseball, and entertainment. I wanted them to see that blacks need not be limited in their abilities, hopes, and dreams.

So Blackness Gestapo thug Rob Parker, get a life and mind your own business. RGIII is free to be whomever and whatever he wishes without your and your homeys' approval. Wimp conservatives/Republicans say we must pander to your ilk to win the urban vote. That "ain't happenin'" as far as I am concerned. I will never sacrifice principles and values that I know are right and best for all people to the false god of votes. Racist thugs like you must and will be defeated.”

As it stands today RGIII is a perfect role model for all youth — not just Black kids. He is talented and has used that talent the God gave him and his parents nurtured to pursue his dream and so far have done very well. Is leadership abilities were quickly recognized by the Redskin’s player that they named him team captain — this is unheard of for a rookie! He is an exciting football player to watch and I will root for him — except when the Redskins play my beloved Rams. If he continues on his current career path and can avoid career ending injuries he will no doubt end up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Also, if he lives up to his principles and does well he will no doubt eventually become a national leader in some capacity — perhaps politics.

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