Where is the public outcry?
Why hasn’t the media gotten to the bottom of the ugly accusation?
How come the Seattle Seahawks’ locker room has been given a free pass by fans, the press and the league office?
No penalty flags have been thrown, no booth reviews of player crudity have been scrutinized and no Seahawk players have been beckoned to the commissioner’s office to elaborate on their racist remark why they believe their star QB Russell Wilson isn’t black enough.
What an affront to not only Wilson, but to handsome, well-spoken and successful black men everywhere!
Per CBS Sports, Bleacher Report columnist Mike Freeman reported last week that the Seahawks’ locker room was in turmoil. He quoted unnamed sources that Super Bowl winning QB Russell Wilson was at fault for the team’s recent troubles because teammates said he was not black enough.
Not black enough? What exactly does that mean? Is there a level of black only standards that must be adhered and Wilson fell short of the bar? Was the comment directed at the actual hue of Wilson’s skin? Or, was the careless comment meant to address an unwritten and unspoken code of conduct, dress and language black men are required to follow to qualify as being black enough?
Furthermore, are there musical preferences that black men must strictly follow? Is there a certain denomination of church that black men must attend? Must black men only date women of one race and must they, too, be considered black enough? With whom can black men hang out? Can black athletes select agents or financial advisers of other races?
Freeman’s “not black enough” comment begs for follow up. It oozes with ugliness and screams for clarification. It demands dialogue no matter how uncomfortable it may be. It deserves to be unmasked, dissected and discussed. Most importantly, it must not be ignored.
However, few seem to care. Some Seattle players have already dismissed the racist comments as fictitious, a media ploy to divide a highly charged locker room struggling to deal with immense pressure of repeating as Super Bowl champs.
Even Seahawks coach Pete Carroll deftly skirted the issue and downplayed any talk of his QB not being black enough.
But, as fans, as credentialed media and as an ever evolving culturally diverse melting pot known as America, should we tolerate this purported racist attitude within our nation’s most popular sport?
The only recognized media personality who weighed in on the Russell Wilson controversy was the always colorful NBA Hall of Famer and TNT analyst Charles Barkley. He was quoted.
“For some reason we are brainwashed to think, if you’re not a thug or an idiot, you’re not black enough,” Barkley said. “If you go to school, make good grades, speak intelligent, and don’t break the law, you’re not a good black person.”
Thanks, Charles Barkley, for speaking up and speaking out against those who embrace thug culture and criticize others for not being “black enough.”
Russell Wilson is to be admired. He’s articulate, intelligent and poised. As a supposedly undersized QB, he’s defied historical NFL odds and broken stereotypes. He’s become huge as a leader, product spokesperson and team leader of a Super Bowl championship team.
Russell Wilson is a role model. He deserves better – from fans, from the NFL and most importantly from his teammates – no matter what race or shade of color some Seattle players think he is.
MIKE – thee ultimate head on sports!