A transcript of the discussion….
“But my question, which is just a straight, honest question, is: Is he a brother or is he a cornball brother?”
“What does that mean?”
He’s not real. OK, he’s black, he kind of does the thing, but he’s not really down with the cause. He’s not one of us. He’s kind of black but he’s not really, like, the guy you want to hang out with because he’s off to something else.
“Why is that your question?”
Parker: “Well because that’s just how I want to find out about him. I don’t know because I keep hearing these things. We all know he has a white fiancee. There was all this talk about how he’s a Republican, which, I don’t really care, there’s no information at all. I’m just trying to dig deeper into why he has an issue. Because we did find out with Tiger Woods. Tiger Woods was like, I’ve got black skin but don’t call me black.”
I don’t care who this young man dates. I don’t care who he will ultimately marry. What I care about is that he performs on the field and doesn’t act like Pacman Jones off of it. That’s it. He seems like a good dude, ego none-withstanding, that has shown the goods and made every Monday here in D.C. a “pants on the ground” event. This city is more excited than it’s been in over 20 years – even more than when Joe Gibbs came back. How Rob has the gall to think he speaks for all Black folk in defining what is and isn’t Black or what makes someone a cornball is beyond me as a public figure. However, it’s not like he doesn’t speak for some – and it won’t have been the first time I’ve heard similar rumblings by the water cooler in the past 6 months or so. So, instead of lambasting Rob (deservedly), let’s OPEN the discussion on interracial dating and the idea of what constitutes social and cultural norms. Unfortunately, too many people run from the conversation instead of tackling it head on. So I say, let’s take Rob’s verbal jab and do something positive with it.