Klavan On The Culture

Evil to Sportswriters Who Evil Think

You can’t slip anything past the hawk-like eyes of our mainstream media! The Carolina Panthers’ super-talented young quarterback Cam Newton has dark skin and the great old man of the Denver Broncos Peyton Manning has light skin and, boy oh boy, the MSM picked up on that subtle difference as if it were right there for anyone to see.

And, of course, it followed, in the minds of these hunkering left-wing troglodytes, that any criticism of Newton’s brash on-the-field behavior — launching celebration victory dances before the game is over, for instance, and thus humiliating his opponents — and any praise of Manning’s consistently humble, polite and decent demeanor must have to do with racism. What else could it be?

Thus you got nonsense like this from the New York Times, a former newspaper:

Newton, the starting quarterback for the Carolina Panthers, ensured that Super Bowl week would have a fiery discussion point when he suggested that the criticism of his exuberant style of play might be rooted in racism.

“I’m an African-American quarterback that scares people because they haven’t seen nothing that they can compare me to,” Newton said.

As a result, Newton suggested, he does not receive his due as a player: “I don’t think people have seen what I am or what I’m trying to do.”

Racism is the third rail of American consciousness, but raising it just before Super Bowl festivities begin this week, ahead of the Panthers’ game against the Denver Broncos on Feb. 7 in the San Francisco Bay Area, is fascinating.

Good for Newton.

Well, yes, exactly — except the opposite. Bad for Newton, and bad on the Times, for turning what is entirely a discussion about sportsmanship into a discussion about skin color. After the game, when Newton showed himself to be sullen and bitter in defeat, suddenly the Times caught on to the fact that this is a young man who (like most young men of every color) has a lot to learn about gratitude and humility. Watching tapes of Peyton Manning’s behavior might be a good place for him to start.

It’s only when you look past the color of a man’s skin that you can really see the content of his character. So hey, MSM: Why not try that on Barack Obama and see what kind of president — and what kind of man — he looks like then?