The Underlying Discomfort With Cam Newton’s Blackness

I’ve been intrigued by black quarterbacks for as long as I’ve been a fan of football. For me, the golden age was when I first picked up the sport in the early 2000s and Donovan McNabb and Daunte Culpepper were two of the best players in the game. Today, that space is filled by a handful of other players that you’re sure to see on my fantasy football team every year, such as Russell Wilson, Tyrod Taylor and the soon-to-be MVP, Cam Newton.

If you hadn’t noticed, Newton of the Carolina Panthers is having an historic season. This past Sunday he played an integral role in getting his 15-1 team to the Super Bowl after routing the Arizona Cardinals with a final score of 49-15.

Seattle Seahawks Russell Wilson becomes second black quarterback to win Super Bowl


Russell Wilson made history when he became just the second African American quarterback to win a Super Bowl championship. The 25-year-old Seattle Seahawks player is also the third youngest player in the league to take home the trophy.

Wilson led the Seahawks to a 43-8 win over the highly favored Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday. 

Super Beyowl

The NFL Playoffs last weekend, which is to say that we’re mere weeks away from the  Super Bowl halftime performance by one Beyonce Giselle Knowles. Although I’m a huge football fan, I am admittedly looking forward to this performance almost as much as I am the game. It will in no way reached the stratosphere of Prince’s purple reign over Super Bowl XLI back in 2006, but it will surely provide us plenty entertainment to twitter and Facebook status about.

With that in mind, I’ve decided to post a series of prediction for Bey’s upcoming Super Bowl halftime show. Enjoy (I hope).

Today in Post-Race History: Pepsi Challenge[d]

Now that the Super Bowl dust has settled, I am nursing my way out of an omg-no-football-for-seven-months depression with small bits of NBA basketball (Derek Rose has overtaken Chris Paul as my favorite player), until March Madness helps me get through the last leg of my winter hibernation.  Overall, the big game was rather entertaining, but the most discussion-worthy moments occurred before and in between it.  The reading of the Declaration of Independence by current and former NFL players and members of the military perfectly displayed why the terrorists hate us. Yet for that to be followed immediately by Xtina’s flub of the national anthem perhaps best symbolized the cracks of ignorance jeopardizing the whole God Bless America foundation so many of Fox News’ employees stand upon.  The Black Eyed Peas’ halftime performance indicated that the only thing that rivals American faux patriotism is our tone deafness and love for a group that cashed in on its obnoxious sound and trendy racial diversity–although the latter only became America-friendly when they traded their black woman singer in for a newer, white(r) model.  The Super Bowl commercials were blah at best.  There was one, however, that caused me to pay attention.  And what better way to honor of black history month and Valentine’s Day (a.k.a. Single Awareness Day) simultaneously than by mentioning the Super Bowl Pepsi ad that seemed to be all about black love?  Have a look: