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My Cam Newton/ RGIII Rant

So here’s my RGIII/ Cam Newton rant: People will compare the careers of Griffin and Newton throughout probably the rest of their natural lives. One of the reasons they will always be measured against each other is because they are both black. That is not the only reason. They will also be compared because they were both high draft picks in consecutive years, won the Heisman trophy and use their running ability as a big part of their games. But, race is one thing that will link them together in the minds of many football fans. They will both be thought of as “black” quarterbacks. This is inevitable, but I don’t think it is inherently racist, nor an issue of right and wrong. I don’t find anything taboo at comparing the career arch of two young men just because they are both a particular race, but it is a lazy comparison. In fact, I think this whole thing has a lot to do with people thinking lazy. Stereotypes are the product of such idle analysis. The brain takes in new information and connects it to things that seen to relate to it. In a basic way, this is how we make sense out of the world around us. If we choose to cling to these shallow initial impressions as absolute fact, without investigating anything deeper for ourselves, then we will think and live in terms of stereotypes, interpreting the world around us based on the easiest and laziest of interpretations without any deeper probing or reflection. Furthermore, most people form a lot these perceptions based on what they see on TV, because it is their primary input for new ideas, and will parrot and regurgitate whatever they hear enough times. So if they hear all the talking heads on TV comparing RGIII and Cam and talking about whether it is appropriate and/ or racist to compare RGIII and Cam, then they will undoubtedly compare RGII and Cam and talk about whether it’s appropriate and/ or racist to compare RGIII and Cam. So, yes, this line of thinking is a bit ignorant and lazy, but it is also making a big issue out of a non-issue. They will be talked about together for a long time because they share certain links, but they should both be appreciated as individuals as well. One more thing they have in common now is the shared conference and geographic proximity of their teams. This could be the first battle of many to come; the beginning of a great rivalry with perhaps much more at stake in the future. They each have their own unique skills that make them special, so I would much rather sit back and enjoy the ride. All that said, through my ever burgundy and rose colored glasses, I think RGIII is better, so I’m taking the Redskins. read my full Week 9 picks here: http://daodesam.blogspot.com/2012/11/i-ching-nfl-picks-week-9.html
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