You tell 'em, Cam.
It’s no secret that Cam Newton is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, so why are we still talking about his race?
The Super Bowl-bound quarterback was quick to shut down a group of reporters yesterday afternoon who were relentlessly bringing up his race, reports the Guardian.
“It’s not an issue,” Newton said matter-of-factly. “It’s an issue for you. I think we shattered that a long time ago.”
And that we did. Steve McNair, Donovan McNabb, Colin Kaepernick and Doug Williams have all played a hand in leading their teams to the Super Bowl. Shoot: In the last two years, the Super Bowl has seen multiple appearances by the Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson. Clearly, the issue of race is, in fact, a non-issue.
“I don’t even want to touch on the topic of ‘Black quarterback’ because I think this game is bigger than Black, White or even green,” Newton said. “I think we limit ourselves when we just label ourselves just Black this [and] that.”
He continued on, saying that he didn’t want his legacy to be limited by his race. He wanted to be a role model that children of all colors could relate to.
“When I go places and I talk to kids and I talk to parents and I talk to athletes all over, they look at my story and they see a person—African-American or not—they see something that they can relate to,” he said. “…It’s bigger than race. It’s more so of opening up a door for guys that don’t want to be labeled, that have bigger views and say: ‘Well, I’m in this situation, I’m living in this environment right now, but I also want to be an artist; I want to be a poet. But I don’t have the means, you know, to necessarily do the right things at that point.’ As for me, I just want to give those people hope.”