Pope Paul VI once said, “All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today.” Martin Luther King Jr. gave it to us like this, “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” Then Frederick Douglas shut the buildin’ down when he simply spit, “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”
Well playas….in order to understand the struggle you’ve got to be able to identify with the struggle. On Sunday evenin’ everybody and their baby’s momma’s momma, Ms. Jackson, will be watchin’ the Super Bowl. Most people will pick a side to cheer for various reasons. Cats that are from Denver will ride with Peyton Manning and boyz from the state of North Carolina and specifically Charlotte, will jump in the car with Cam Newton. Everybody in between will pick sides for a multitude of reasons. Duns in Indianapolis will ride with Peyton because he played here for 146 years. He was responsible for the growth of the city of Indianapolis whether duns wanna tell the truth or not. Oh yes, playboy you can attribute most, if not all, of the economic growth in Indianapolis to brother Peyton. So we love him for that.
However, most black folks, whether they live in Charlotte or Indianapolis, will be in the whip with Cam Newton!! Not because of the obvious thought process of just bein’ black. It’s deeper than just skin color playboy. It’s called the kinship of the struggle.
Let’s keep it real or all the way 100, whichever comes 1st! Most white folks in America will never understand what it’s like to be black in America. Why? Because they live in a world that is owned and operated by them and everywhere they go they see themselves reflected in it. They can go anywhere in this country and not stick out like a sore thumb and be accepted. They’ve never experienced the double standard that Cam Newton has experienced since he came into the league. However, most black folks have and still do EVERYDAY of their lives. Every time Cam scored a touchdown he was vilified for it. However, Aaron Rogers did the exact same thing and was not only praised for it but he secured a State Farm commercial out of it.
What Cam Newton is goin’ through is just a microcosm of what most black folks go through on the job everyday. If the brother is 5 minutes late he get’s written up. If his white counterpart is late it’s overlooked and ignored. If the brother makes a mistake he’s terminated but if his white counterpart makes the same mistake he ends up gettin’ promoted. I’ve seen it with my own two eyes playa. I’m not tellin’ you what I heard. I’m tellin’ you what I know.
If the brother gets pulled over with some weed in the car he’s goin’ to jail for 5 years but if the white kid gets pulled over with the SAME amount of weed he’s gettin’ 2 years probation.
Black folks are pullin’ for Cam not because he’s black but because he’s goin’ through the same struggle they are goin’ through and he just happens to be the same color they are. His struggle is just on the football field.
When Cam got drafted No.1 overall all of the so-called experts said that he wasn’t good enough to play quarterback in this league. They attacked his character even before they really knew who he was. Brian Billick had the unmitigated gal to say, “Where in the history of the NFL have you seen anybody win championship that looks like Cam Newton?” And I’ll bet my bottom dollar he wasn’t talkin’ about race or color but it was an insult still the same. There were a lot of people (so-called NFL experts) that didn’t want him to play quarterback in the NFL and if they had their way he wouldn’t even be in the league today. It’s the struggle bruh.
Well…most black folks can identify with that struggle because if there weren’t a law called “Affirmative Action” that forces employers to at least give a minority (that includes white women too) an opportunity to interiew and be hired, most of us, no matter how qualified we are, wouldn’t be workin’. You do realize that if there wasn’t a law the American work force would look like the Oscars membership votin’ board. It would be male and white. Even with the law in place many of us show up to jobs that have 10,000 employees and only 45 people that look like us. It’s the struggle that we identify with bruh.
See, this is bigger than just black folks ridin’ with a black quarterback because he’s black. Because most black folks weren’t even thinkin’ about Russell Wilson bein’ black and winnin’ a Super Bowl because they didn’t identify with him. Why? Because he wasn’t ostracized in the same manner that Cam has been. Whenever somebody is goin’ through the same struggle that you’re goin’ through regardless of your skin color you’re goin’ to find a kinship with them.
It’s no different than duns that either had or were survivors of cancer that were ridin’ hard with Lance Armstrong. They identified with his struggle. So there was nothin’ that you could tell them that would get them out of the car with him. Even when boyz found out that he was cheatin’ cats didn’t give up on him? Why? Because they identified with his struggle.
Cam Newton not apologizin’ for bein’ young black and urban with a lot of swag is motivatin’ to other young black urban kids. You can still keep your culture, your flavor and still be successful. Cam has been an absolute role model for young black kids in America. He’s been in the league for 5 years and he’s never once been in trouble with the law, been caught up in foolishness on the news or anything of that nature. Not since he’s been a professional athlete playboy! Yes, he made some mistakes as young college student but who hasn’t?
All he’s ever done since becomin’ a pro is play the game and danced after scorin’ touchdowns. Those are all within the rules of the game. As long as you play by the rules in life you shouldn’t be demonized for bein’ different and bein’ genuinely you. That’s the reason why most black folks are ridin’ with Cam on Sunday. Check this out playa, just because I’m ridin’ with Cam on Sunday doesn’t mean that I love Peyton any less. It just means that I identify with Cam that much more!
Remember when Lisanity took over the Garden a few years ago bruh? Asians and people of Asian decent all over the world went nuts in support of him. Why? Because they more closely identified with him. I guess boyz don’t remember when Yao Ming kept startin’ in the NBA All-State Game over Shaq because the duns that more closely identified with him kept votin’ for him. When Oscar De La Hoya was the “Golden Boy” MOST Latinos were in the car with him no matter who he was fightin’. If there were an openly gay quarterback startin’ in the Super Bowl this weekend MOST folks in the LBGT community would be in the ride with him. So why is it a crime for me to suggest that MOST black folks are ridin’ with Cam this weekend because they can identify with his struggle? Stop me when I start lyin’!
1) Spit: verb – to say
2) Ms. Jackson: noun – the hit song by rap group OutKast
3) Whip: noun – luxury vehicle
4) Dun: noun – the person in question, dude, guy, etc. It’s whoever I’m talkin’ about and its non-gender specific.
The caption under the photo isn’t real but its REAL talk!