Yes, There Are People Who Dislike Cam Newton Because He’s An African American

SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 18: Quarterback Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on October 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 570176333 ORIG FILE ID: 493267298

There has never been so much debate over one player in the Super Bowl is…oh well, maybe Brady with the whole deflate-gate thing last year. But that was about football. This? This is pushing and opening arguments into the broad and most difficult to talk about realms of thought, culture, race, society, acceptance, difference.

Cam Newton comes into Super Bowl 50 as one of the most polarizing players to grace American sport’s biggest game. The quarterback is criticized by the masses for being “classless,” a “thug,” a “terrible role model,” (and the list goes on) simply for the fact that he may come off as arrogant and cocky to some, and dances in the end zone after scoring a touchdown, which we may add, happens quite often.

Did we mention how he makes sure a kid in the stands get a football to take home after every TD, his foundation, him taking the time out of warmups to chat with kids plagued with cancer? No, because frankly no one who has their mind made up about Cam cares about that.

Debate has escalated ever since winning the NFC Championship game on whether or not the hate towards Cam Newton is fueled by his to some, arrogant actions on the field, or my a much deeper issue, the color of his skin. Newton spoke to the media Thursday and was of course asked on the issue, saying,

“I think it’s a trick question,” he said, “because if I answer truthfully, it’s going to be, ‘Oh, he’s this, that…’ But I’m going to say it anyway. I don’t think people have seen what I am or what I’m trying to do, and I said that prior to me being in this situation. But when I said it then, ‘Oh, he’s immature, he’s young, he’s this, that, and the third.’ I felt a certain type of way then, I feel the same type of way now. The only thing that has changed is that we’re winning. I said since day one, I’m an African-American quarterback that may scare a lot of people because they haven’t seen nothing that they can compare me to.”

Though many may disagree in Newton essentially pulling the race card even though his words are partially factual, for those that say race isn’t a fact for some people, keyword being ‘some,’ your views are somewhat ignorant, which is excusable. That may change though after seeing the plethora of tweets sent out by Cam Newton haters and racists over the past recent day and months.

(Warning: The following contains NFSW language)


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