Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/19/14
Dig deep today. Put on your thinking caps and open your minds as I try to explain to you how the corruptive forces of America's illicit drug war and mass incarceration can be seen in ESPN's morning debate festival First Take. The show has been in the news the past week because its part-time clown, Rob Parker, gleefully swallowed Skip Bayless' bait and discussed Robert Griffin III's "blackness" in the most racist way possible. Among other things, Parker insinuated RG3 was a "cornball" brother not "down for the cause" because he's engaged to a white woman and there are rumors Griffin is a Republican. To the delight and entertainment of his puppeteer (Bayless), Parker did this on national TV. ESPN was originally so pleased with the segment that it re-ran it during its daily 30-minute best-of show. The Worldwide Leader did not recognize the inappropriateness and unfairness of Parker's commentary until the blogosphere and social media exploded with an angry backlash. Within 24 hours, ...
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  • “I blew it and I’m sincerely sorry,” Rob Parker wrote six days after the controversy. “I completely understand how the issue of race in sports is a sensitive one and needs to be handled with great care. This past Thursday I failed to do that. I believe the intended topic is a worthy one.”

    "I believe the intended topic is a worthy one."

    Parker is not apologizing at all, and is playing the dozens here. The topic is whether RGIII fits into Parkers little racist mold of what he thinks African-Americans should be. Parker thinks that somebody has appointed him as the all-powerful arbiter for defining race and racial character. I am pretty sure that there are any number of African-Americans who decline to be defined and pigeon-holed and stereotyped by this mental midget, Rob Parker. That one phrase, that he thinks the topic is a worthy one, says everything about Parker, and it is not pretty. He is trying to play cute with this non-apology, but it is David Duke ugly.
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