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December 28, 2012

Am I a racist fan?

Filed under: Culture,Issues,Politics,Sports — Mike Kueber @ 9:59 pm
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During a recent Happy Hour, during which my friend and I were discussing NFL football, we started talking about rookie phenom Robert Griffith, or as he is better known, RG3.  Aside from having a phenomenal year, RG3 has been in the news lately because a black pundit on ESPN questioned his blackness.  The basis for this questioning was that his fiancée is white and there are rumors that he is a Republican. 

My friend loves RG3, and for good reason.  In addition to his football talent, RG3 seems to have loads of admirable traits, such as a strong belief in Christianity and education.  And his dad is retired Army.  If you throw in Republican values and a Texas/Big XII pedigree, what’s not to love?

The problem for me is that I don’t love him or root for him.  Instead I root for Andrew Luck to win this year’s Rookie of the Year honor and for Tony Romo’s Cowboys to defeat RG3’s Redskins on Sunday.

When I admitted to my Happy Hour friend that I tend to root for white quarterbacks, he asserted that I was racist.  I challenged his assertion by pointing out that a racist believes a particular race is superior to others and that my rooting for white quarterbacks is almost reverse racism – i.e., whites do so poorly at pro football (and basketball) that I end up rooting for them as underdogs, and the quarterback position is one of the few positions in pro football where they are able to compete. 

There is a dictionary definition of racism, however, that is problematic for me. Although the principal dictionary definition of racism is someone who “believes that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others,” the secondary definition of racism is “discrimination or prejudice based on race.” 

Technically, my tendency to root for white QBs is discrimination based on race, but I think it is OK to root for them because they are athletic underdogs.

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3 Comments »

  1. it isn’t the result. it is the motive. however, others only see the result…

    Comment by q — December 28, 2012 @ 10:49 pm | Reply

  2. i’m pulling fo rg3 because he is from texas. and he has good traits. of course, he is also a good athlete…

    Comment by q — December 28, 2012 @ 10:50 pm | Reply

    • Andrew Luck and Tony Romo are also Texans with good traits and outstanding athleticism. As they say, all things being equal, I’m going with….

      Comment by Mike Kueber — December 29, 2012 @ 2:21 pm | Reply


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