Superman In America

By Emerald Apostle

Cam Newton is the American dream. This season no other player in the NFL embodies what makes America so great (or delusional depending on your perspective) than Cam does. And if you have a problem with that you can go back to whatever country your family came from before they landed in the best country ever.

Cam is a success story of Horatio Alger proportions; what is more American than that? Through hard work and determination a kid from Atlanta with a dream becomes a man in Charlotte with millions at the top of his field. Isn’t this what we celebrate in the United States of America? Isn’t having the liberty to rise above wherever we stand in society what we want for all of our children? I would argue that is exactly what “America” is about. A man taking full advantage of what the land of opportunity has to offer him. Don’t we love the winner who can consistently beat all odds? Then why isn’t this enough for Cam? All he does is win. Cam has won a junior college national title, a BCS national title, multiple division titles, a NFC Championship and, after this Sunday, possibly a Super Bowl. And oh how he wins.

His team, the Carolina Panthers, for most of this season has physically beaten down their opponents making them bend to their will. What is more American than that?  He stays calm in the mist of pressure, finds a way to be on top, and has a swagger that says you may not like me but you can’t stop me. And he continues to do it his way regardless of what you think about him and win doing it.  His story has all the making of a great American hero, except that Cameron Jerrell Newton is black. If you have been in this country in the last 300 years or so you know that can make a world of difference.

When some people look at Cam they can’t help but feel disdain. Many have a harsh dislike and anger that seems to seep into their vision until they can’t see the American anymore; they see a nigger. Cam’s attitude, his swagger, and the way he chooses to live his life, to some have become a canvas to paint a masterpiece of disguised racism and blame. A picture they would insist you believe is just about Cam.

Because if you separate race from the man, the argument would go, is it really racism?  But I ask you, if what you hate is the traits he portrays that remind you of a certain race than is it really about the man or how you feel about his “race”?

I mean if Aaron Rodgers (my favorite quarterback right now) can thrust his nuts in your face while claiming the championship belt why can’t Cam dance?

If Cam is being a moral reprobate by having kids outside of marriage, why isn’t Tom Brady a big deal for the same behavior?

The reason is simple, in America we prefer our black men quiet and humble. In other words stay in your place. Any black man, or woman for that matter, who doesn’t has always faced the risk of condemnation and in many cases worse.

Now I’m not saying any or all of his actions are okay. I’m just asking what makes the criticism so one sided?  A lot of the people who criticize Cam are a perfect example of how insidious racism and prejudice can be.

In the end no one is treated equal, pretty people are treated better, rich people can buy justice, the poor are assumed lazy, and the list goes on and on. If you are Cam Newton you have to not care about the haters and do you. Another thing he is already pretty good at doing.

Dab on my brother.

Emerald Apostle was raised all through Southern California by two loving post revolutionary parents. He currently lives in San Diego, CA where he constantly works at coming to terms with the biggest forces in his life growing up: family, religion, history, music, Kung Fu, moving constantly and a passion for the fast life. Emerald spent many years promoting events and performing as a rapper throughout Southern California and Georgia. While working towards his creative ambitions he simultaneously worked for a large corporation and eventually got married.  After dealing with a series of unexpected deaths Emerald came to the conclusion he had to stop running from who he was and finally live up to what he had become; a writer. This revelation compelled him to make sure his life’s work would touch more than just the bottom line of corporate America. With a renewed sense of purpose he began to write about race, culture, politics, and following your dreams in uncertain times, plus whatever else came to mind. He is currently working on a comic book and a novel.