Cam didn’t wear a tie with his suit and the Carolina Panthers penalized the reigning MVP by sitting him out for the first drive of their next game.
No matter how many yards they gain or dollars they bank, both appear trapped in the same maze that tells all Americans their freedom is just around the next corner. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have the power to change things by going deeper (II).
On the surface, Colin Kaepernick and Cam Newton had very different experiences growing up in America.
At every level of competition, Cam has inspired pride and dispelled prejudice by shattering the myth that Black quarterbacks can’t win.
The bi-racial quarterback’s journey to self-discovery has culminated in the Huey P. Newton reincarnate now kneeling before us. The man who used White tears and juju from the ancestors to win his starting job back. All while upholding the sacred duty of making White America uncomfortable, again. Somebody has to. Especially since Cam doesn’t have anything to dab about this season.
But Kaep and Cam’s polar heroics do not cancel each other out. Kaep doesn’t need to be more like Cam, nor Cam like Kaep. Their opposite angles have led them to the same point, on the same platform, with the same dilemma:
How can they challenge the system that made them stars?
It’s hard to know if Cam truly cares as much about these issues as Kaep suddenly appears to. But with their colleagues and brothers getting murdered without cause or consequence everyday, both QB’s need to combine forces and send a real wave of consciousness across America.
Last fall, the football team at The University of Missouri put their weight behind a fellow student named Jonathan Butler, who was undertaking a hunger strike.
There are no rules except those we submit to follow. And if we continue allowing our true colors to be confined by their lines, we will stay trapped forever.
It’s time for Cam, Kanye and the rest of the “All Lives Matter” crew to recognize that Justin Timberlake and Jay Z will never be treated equally, even if both have on a suit and tie. So why keep following their code? They don’t even follow it.
I don’t have the answers. I don’t know the logistics or repercussions of wilding out at the next presser, purposely overriding the Panthers’ dress code or publicly calling out the league’s plantation style tactics.
whatever it is, it can’t be worse than what we’re currently facing. Or lower than the other side is currently stooping.
So I’m praying Cam Newton shows up next Sunday in a Black hoody with “RIP Joe Washington” on the chest. With no strings around his neck and no weight on his conscious. Like, Marshawn levels of not giving a fuck. Because no endorsement is worth this shit. You don’t have to kneel Cam, but you can shoot Colin a text or a shout of solidarity.
I can’t tell Superman how to save the world, I just know it needs saving. Whether our heroes wear hoodies and headphones or blazers and ties, heroism is measured by sacrifice. I know Cam, Ye see that all lives don’t matter in America. I just thought they had the courage to say something about it. No matter the consequences or repercussions.
But maybe I should lower my expectations and just go back to praying my favorite quarterback stops dressing like the Joker crossed AKA.
If you’re reading this Killa, America needs a true hero. Please stop pretending to be Clark Kent and be our Superman. Until you and the “all lives matter” crew take a stand, Black ties will continue to matter more than Black lives.