When someone calls out the public and media for being race hustlers, the real racists show themselves. But when someone like Carolina Panthers All-Pro Quarterback Cam Newton does it, people lose their minds.
In an interview with GQ Magazine, Newton opened up about people and the media saying that he gets criticized because he is a black man.
“I don’t think of it like that,” Newton told GQ reporter Zach Baron.
“It’s not racism,” Newton said. “Everybody’s entitled to their own opinion.”
Baron seemed bewildered that Newton wouldn't automatically assume his critics were racist. The football player responded:
“I’ll let you be the judge. I don’t look at it like that. I look at it like some people have certain beliefs, and I have my own belief, and we can agree to disagree on certain things. But this is what makes sports so amazing, that we can start a discussion around a table, in the newspaper, in the magazines, that will get people’s attention. And that’s what sports does.”
To his credit, Baron brought up something Newton said before this past February’s Super Bowl 50:
In January, right before the Super Bowl, you said: “I’m an African-American quarterback that may scare a lot of people because they haven’t seen nothing that they can compare me to.
Newton responded in very classy fashion, saying “I don’t want this to be about race, because it’s not. It’s not. Like, we’re beyond that. As a nation.”
“Yeah. I mean, you [the media] bring it to people’s attention," he added. "But after that, that’s it.”
Of course, race hustlers and social justice warriors immediately took to Twitter to belittle the outspoken quarterback.
Newton realizes that he is in the public eye, and will receive criticism from pretty much everywhere. What Newton also realizes, and what most social justice warriors do not, is that not every criticism someone has about a person of color is automatically racist.