Black NFL player to me: "If Rob (Gronkowski) was black, these various things he's doing wouldn't be viewed so lightly by media and fans."—
mike freeman (@realfreemancbs) February 12, 2013
This was tweeted right now and I have every reason to agree with it. I would like to say that I wouldn’t be racist and I would view people all equally, but that’s now how we’ve been trained in this society.
The black athlete comes from a violent background and they have no structure of responsibility. That’s the mentality we’re expected to accept from all black athletes. It’s unfair but the above tweet made me realize that this is the way we’re wired to think.
Obviously what Gronkowski is doing is irresponsible no matter who the athlete is. But somehow, someway, we’re giving him way too much leeway based on the color of his skin.
Can we ever get past the skin color and treat every athlete equally? Unfortunately we won’t. There will always be a certain image the general public and the media will perceive black athletes and I don’t know if it will ever go away.