When does one become ‘Black Enough?’


(NNPA)—Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson, published a revealing article a month ago on ThePlayersTribune.com in which he discussed being a bully in grade school. Wilson evidently concluded that it would be beneficial to tarnish his squeaky-clean image so more fans and players could relate to him. But now it’s been reported that unnamed “sources” within the Seahawks locker room claim some players don’t consider Wilson “Black enough.”
It seems like just yesterday that Barack Obama, was questioned about not being “Black enough” while running for president in 2008. In fact, he showed up late for a speech to the National Association of Black Journalists and jokingly asked was that Black enough for them. Former Miami Dolphins lineman, Jonathan Martin was deemed not “Black enough” by his African-American teammates a year ago, when being bullied and called the N-word by Richie Incognito, a White teammate. A year earlier, Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, whose father boasted that he and his wife had reared their son to be colorblind, faced similar charges.
The ongoing and bitter history of African-Americans who mistrust, ostracize and bully one another into following certain stereotypical traits, beliefs and concerns of the community has been a long and conflicting battle.


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