I am not a Panthers fan and I have no ties to the Carolinas but I am cheering on the Carolina Panthers in the Playoffs this year now that the Chiefs have been eliminated. I have liked Cam Newton for a few years now. I think he is as cute as he can be and he has a bubbly and energetic personality. He’s had an impressive 15-1 season. That is absolutely thrilling. Good for Cam Newton and the Panthers squad.
Cam Newton has taken a lot of criticism this season. Football fans seem to think that he is arrogant, cocky and some even refer to him as thuggish. I really don’t know how they came to these conclusions. Cam was condemned by a fan earlier this season for an end zone dance that they found offensive. Last weekend he was chided by the public for crumbling up a team flag and throwing it on the ground. I took both of these gestures as playful not malicious or lascivious in any way.
I think the real problem here is that Cam is a Black quarterback having a great season and he has the opportunity to win a Super Bowl title with his team. If his team wins Super Bowl L he will defeat one of the great quarterbacks of our era which will rub a lot of fans the wrong way.
Cam is confident, stylish and has an outgoing personality, a dry wit and a sarcastic sense of humor. He is comfortable in front of cameras and he seems to be enjoying his fame. I think that a confident, self assured Black man that speaks his mind rubs a lot of people in America the wrong way. They want Black men to be as humble as monks no matter how great the accomplishment. A Black man is always suppose to keep his head bowed and be grateful for whatever opportunity a White man has allowed him to have.
Black men are socialized to not be confident in American culture. They are taught directly and indirectly that they are stupid, violent and stoic. America does not accept that Blacks can have a wide range of emotions or personality traits. America teaches it’s Black men that they are not as good and don’t deserve success, respect or honor. It’s truly heartbreaking. Black women are fed similar message but for whatever reason there are many more self assured Black women than men.
Sports is entertainment and I like sportsmen that can put on a show. I want to see some personality and some pizazz and flash. I fully support end zone dances regardless of who’s doing it. That’s what Newton provides the football viewing public, entertainment. I think he’s doing OK if the worst things someone can say about him is that he danced in an end zone or threw down the opposing teams flag.
My advice to Cam Newton would be to ignore the naysayers but he seems to be doing that anyway. So my advice to Cam Newton is to keep doing what he’s doing and keep being who he is. It’s working. Be confident and be a role model to all the little Black boys and girls across America that are taught by this racist culture that they are mean, angry, stupid, ugly and doomed to a life of poverty and frustration. I already admire you Cam. Win Super Bowl L and become my hero #1.
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