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Cam Newton Loss Necessary for White Privilege to Win…

Cam Newton's Loss Saved "White Fragility"

Cam just played the hardest, highest football game of his life, in which he lost; then had a microphone shoved in his face 15 mins later. Cam wanted to say more but was smart enough to know, sometimes saying nothing is better than saying something that could get him into trouble later.”  

– Trent Dilfer ESPN NFL Analyst

The time has come like in all sporting events to crown a winner & a loser. And in the millennial era, winning & losing also determines your fate on the inter-web… Champions as revered and put on the highest emoticon pedestal. Losers however usually get “Michael Jordan crying face” superimposed over their own. or worse, Meek Mill… But due to the dissonance in our “civilized nation” there’s a weird grey area that also exists. Its the place where “Middle America” values are honored & respected. And why Cam Newton while he may be MVP of the NFL, he DOES NOT “deserve” to be an NFL champion (“yet”; &we’ll come back to the “yet”). Cam Newton is truly someone we’ve never seen before, he’s smiling happy exuberant “dabbing” physical specimen who continues to defy all pre draft preconceived notions and assessments. And that’s a problem because the number one rule of any business is not to just know your craft but its to know how business is done. And Cam Newton ain’t doing business as usual (neither is Odell Beckham Jr. But we’ll cover him in another time) And herein lies the problem when you don’t do business as usual you open yourself to critics & scrutiny.

Cam Newton went on a long, arduous and improbable quest. And the more he succeeded the more & more it made “White America” uncomfortable. So his subsequent failure on the highest stage was so welcoming like a warm towel fresh out the dryer. White privilege needs to survive whatever way it can. Somewhere in Tennessee, despite the social media backlash she received, that mom who wrote her open letter to Cam after watching him celebrate as he torched her titans earlier this season, she feels validated. Cam’s loss then behavior at the post press conference was a win for Caucasian decency everywhere. Can Newton is a threat. A threat to all that is “White Civility”. Which is the lens in which black people who don’t conform like a say a Russell Wilson, are viewed.

Bill Romanoski, well known as one of the dirtiest players of his era (mid 80’s to Mid 90’s) even joined in the reprimanding; calling him “boy” in a behavior shaming tweet.tumblr_inline_o2945s0JZU1rqkbem_500.jpg

One NFL analyst, Trent Dilfer, had the fore site to say…
Cam just played the hardest highest football game of his life, in which he lost, then had a microphone shoved in his face 15 mins later. Cam wanted to say more but was smart enough to know, some times saying nothing is better than saying something that could get him into trouble later.”

That’s what’s called objectivity from someone whose been there before. But most of twitter hasn’t, so instead Cam Newton is now a spoiled “boy”, who doesn’t even deserve to be on the same stage as Peyton Manning. And white civility & privilege is preserved. John Elway gets to hold up the Lombardi trophy,as did Pat Bowlen; who is now suffering from Alzheimer’s; for him on his last ride and scream “This one’s for Pat!” The White Narrative of the NFL continues to shine.
And somewhere in America…
Betty White is still dabbing…
Dab Betty, Betty, Betty Dab…

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-M.

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