Here it comes. Yet another blog posting that has been inspired by my hero and celebrity crush Cam Newton. Those of you that follow Cam’s career know that he is a controversial figure for reasons that are beyond me. Much of America dislikes Cameron. He’s too cocky and loud and confident and flashy I suppose. I love all of that about him.
At the end of last year’s football season some fans were up in arms that Cam had the nerve to leave a press conference after his team was defeated in the Super Bowl. He was labeled disrespectful, rude, unprofessional and childish. The PR team for the Carolina Panthers is surely using the off season to make Cam Newton more likeable to more NFL fans. To be blunt they want him to be more likeable to White people.
The other day I ran across an article titled “Cam Newton is 27 but a 5-year-old in His Heart”. I was instantly offended by this headline. Cam Newton had a great season last year, went to the Super Bowl, was a Heisman Trophy winner, a number one draft pick and he’s a college graduate. Cam is philanthropist, a TV personality and a fashion trend setter. All of those are great accomplishments but a sports writer decided to compare him to a young child because he has an outgoing, playful personality. I don’t understand why he can’t just be an adult with a youthful, loving spirit. The article either intentionally or inadvertently presents Cameron as child like in order to make him unthreatening.
The headline was actually a quote from one of Cam’s team mates. He probably didn’t mean anything demeaning by it and the reporter probably didn’t either. But it’s a shame to me that in America Black men need to be made into some sort of clown in order to be liked by White people. I don’t think that Black men should even seek to be liked or accepted by America. They should seek respect and I believe that Cam deserves that. He doesn’t deserve to be looked at as an overgrown child.
America has a very difficult time respecting it’s Black citizens. Pro White racism is not built on the accomplishments of Whites but the degradation of non Whites, particularly Blacks. Even when Blacks are accomplished there is a tendency for racists to try and tarnish their character or at least ignore their contributions and talents. This is how White racism is kept alive. ESPN should be ashamed of themselves for posting that article. You would think a sports media company would have more respect for an athlete like Cam Newton.