Ace has a much deeper analysis of this idiot’s comments. Go check it out.
At issue is the cartoon seen at right, which appeared in the Charlotte Observer after Panthers QB Cam Newton’s interception machine game against the Giants.
Steve Smith—veteran receiver and team captain—took Newton to task not for his performance, but for his demeanor on the bench.
As Ace notes, this is not the first time teammates have been irked by Newton’s behavior during bad outings. Last season he covered his head with a towel and sat on the bench, frowning refusing to even acknowledge his teammates efforts on the field.
After the season he admitted that he “hadn’t been a good teammate.”
So what is ESPN tool Stephen A. Smith so upset about?
Actually, he doesn't think it's racism. He's certain of it. He feels it in his bones. And he's angry at white people who attempt to "define" racism for African-Americans. See, only African-Americans can define racism, and they are (or at least one is) defining racism as a Hello Kitty t-shirt cartoon about a black quarterback who has previously been yelled at for mopery by his teammates and has just been taken to task about it by his veteran team-captain black all-time-all-star receiver.
It becomes racism the moment a White Person notices, especially in the South (which is 75% of Steven A. Smith's argument).
Steve Smith (the receiver) can notice that Newton is relapsing into his bad old sulky mopery ways, but you're not allowed to. Because agreeing with Steve Smith, who is black, would be racist, if you're White.
He's permitted to comment, you are not. He has that right based on skin color; your skin color, on the other hand, strips you of that right.
Who's the racist here, again?
If you can stomach Smith’s diatribe, here’s the video.
“It reeks of something a little more than football.”
Indeed it does, Smith. It reeks of hypocrisy and elitism among certain members of the black community who cheerfully employ a shameless double standard. If you can take it, wait until you get to the part where he disparages southerners.
He’s obviously never been to Charlotte, NC. It’s one of the most liberal and cosmopolitan metro areas in the Old South. We’ve come a long way in this part of the world. All the racists are up north. In places like Bristol, CT.
Here’s a smackdown of reality for you, Mr. Smith. The truth is not racist. Facts are not racist. The stats are not racist and neither is the scoreboard. Telling the truth by citing facts, relating the stats and pointing to the scoreboard doesn’t make anyone racist.
And mocking someone for not performing up to the standards expected of an overall top draft pick doesn’t, either.
UPDATE: Is it racist to point out that Stephen A. Smith found an article about him in The Onion, then went on a Twitter rant thinking it was real?
UDATE II: Brilliant and insightful Comment from ColorofGrey in the comment section. Please read.