Posted by on Jan 22, 2014 in Featured

We Are Not Your Grandparents’ Minorities: The Richard Sherman Debate, By Lyle Jacobs

We Are Not Your Grandparents’ Minorities: The Richard Sherman Debate, By Lyle Jacobs

Richard Sherman is a cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks. He is a damn good one at that. He is paid to play professional football and to play it well. He is paid to shut down the top athletes in all of sports each and every Sunday and to make big plays, just like the one he made Sunday night against Michael Crabtree and the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC championship game. Richard Sherman isn’t getting paid to give flawless postgame interviews or be a humble, gracious winner. So why, over the past 24 hours, has Richard Sherman been the hottest topic in sports? Simple: because Richard Sherman is a black professional athlete who refused to conform to the role of the obedient negro that white America expects a black professional athlete to play. The moment Richard Sherman ran up to Crabtree and mockingly offered a fist pound didn’t start this whole uproar. It didn’t start when he flashed the “choking” sign at the 49ers bench either. Hell, it...

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