I Know WTF Happened to Cam Newton

I know exactly WTF happened to Cam Newton. Newton’s real offense was wearing his limited-edition, MLK, color-blind glasses. For many, Martin Luther King, Jr. is simply a dead saint -- revered, but not followed. No doubt, Crockett would surely find King docile as well. What Newton did was challenge the racially codified system that’s imbued with Marxist ideology and promulgated by many well-meaning, though unknowingly manipulated pawns and by many individuals and groups who think America and her capitalist system need a visit to the undertaker to have her makeup redone. Newton forgot that it’s more advantageous to be black and have selective vision than to be color-blind and see the mess that’s stuck to the bottom of one’s own shoes. We all smell it, but if we throw away our color-blind glasses we can focus clearly on "the man."

In Lawrence Ross’ article about Richard Sherman, he tells us to ignore Sherman and focus on the black athletes who are “risking all for a cause.” Is Sherman not risking it all for a cause as well? He’s been shamed, ostracized and metaphorically lynched by members of his own race, lest other dark-skinned millionaires or common folk get too uppity and share an introspective word with black people.

Has it become taboo to challenge some of the cultural practices of people one may be able to influence with his story of success? Is it off limits to turn the mirror on attitudes that suggest America is inherently, irrevocably racist or that it’s impossible for a black person to get ahead? Are we not allowed to ask if such attitudes are serving us or crippling us? Is it wrong to ask why some blacks are only outraged when black people are killed by police and not when black children are killed in unprecedented numbers by thugs? Is one of these outrages sanctioned and the other hushed away like dirty laundry?

I’ve stuck my neck out and declared that ALL black lives matter. It may not be black enough of me to say so, and what’s left of my half a black card may be fully revoked. Unfortunately, I’m not as big as Shaq, so I’ll probably have my head chopped off by one of Crockett’s cohorts eventually as well.

You want a cause? Let’s speak out against all the violent injustices that are oppressing our communities, as Newton said. You want a cause that’s worth fighting for? Let’s go out and address the anti-American poison that our kids are ingesting every day. Some people, unfortunately, are too busy to do these things because they’re deeply involved in disrespecting and branding our brothers who have tangential or divergent opinions and they’re tied up with the work of excommunicating such people from the club.

Perhaps, however, my soft, white middle is just coming out and I’m asking too much of a people with such an incredible heritage of achievement. Perhaps black people can’t tackle two important issues and chew gum at the same time. Cam will be fine; WTF happened to us?