Black conservatives are blasting ESPN analyst Rob Parker for his racially-charged attack on Washington Redskin quarterback Robert Griffin III for being a suspected Republican sympathizer.
On-air, Parker declared Griffin, an African-American, "not one of us" and accused him of being a "cornball brother" because he has a white fiancé and allegedly has Republican leanings.
Members of Project 21, a national leadership group of black conservatives, today spoke out against Parker's accusation that Griffin is not "down with the (black) cause."
"Parker's comments are extremely disheartening," Hughey P. Newsome said.
"Parker, like so many others, feels that blacks cannot support anything remotely conservative - in this case, the Republican Party. His words reveal that so many can only see life through the lens of race, and that so many do not believe in the diversity of thought in the black community. These are not the ideals for which we fought during the civil rights movement. Worse yet, they are self-inflicted."
Archbishop Council Nedd II, the bishop of the Chesapeake and the Northeast for the Episcopal Missionary Church, said "Rob Parker needs a ticket to the Player Haters Ball from the old 'Chappelle's Show.'"
"If an Italian-American does something of note, that's when they are considered most Italian. When a Jewish person does something of note, that when they are most Jewish. But the black community seems to be a community of haters. When a black person gains some fame, the "community" quickly brands them a sellout.
"RGIII has the potential to be best quarterback the NFL has ever seen. RGIII is focused on his job and doing it well. RGIII is not to be faulted for that, but rather applauded."
"As for Rob Parker, he needs to stop being a hater and focus on his own career."
Demetrius Minor, another Project 21 member, said:
"Rob Parker's arrogance and racial comments regarding Robert Griffith III continues to show how liberals invoke race at almost all times to elude from a substantive discussion. The fact that the legitimacy of RGIII's skin tone is being discussed over his athletic ability is quite appalling and offensive. We will continue to condemn this rhetoric and press forward to a time where race is no longer used as a chip on the shoulder."