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#1 Zod

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 12:28 PM

Is it possible to have a sensible and honest discussion on Cam Newton and how his selection relates to race? Can we discuss the realities of it in a civil manner without negativity?

I'll start:

- Are there white folks who do not want Cam mainly because he is a black QB? Yep.

- Are there black folks who do want Cam mainly because he is a black QB? Yep

- Do these two statements describe the majority of Panthers fans? Nope, not even close.

- Is it wrong for a black Panthers fan to hope for a black QB mainly because of his color? No, I don't think so. I think its natural for you to pull for someone you more closely identify yourself with to succeed in an area that has been a challenge historically. If I am being honest, I pull for Steve Nash mainly because I relate to Steve Nash and like to see him excel in a position where people who look like me typically do not. While this is racist by definition, its not exclusionary in that I still pull for plenty of black athletes as well. I do not exclude other players because of their race.

- Is it wrong to pretend to know what is in the heart of your fellow huddlers and accuse them of racism despite having no evidence as such? Absolutely, its plain wrong and immature. Once the race card is thrown out, all conversation ends and defensive posturing begins. Its intellectual tripe.

There are some thoughts of mine. Anyone want to comment?

Remember, lets keep this honest and civil. Can we do it?

#2 TheRealDeal

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 12:30 PM

What if we disguise accusations of racism with words like "establishment" and "_____" (word of the week), is that fair?

Or what if we use "winning" and "blacks" as interchangeable.

Example:

The "establishment" is against "winning" and that's why we don't want Cam.

#3 Carolina Husker

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 12:32 PM

Not sure, but I definitely don't want Mallett because he's the slowest black QB out there.

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 12:33 PM

Not sure, but I definitely don't want Mallett because he's the slowest black QB out there.


I think I saw someone say this yesterday.

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 12:33 PM

follow up on question 3 reversed for me:
- Is it wrong for a white Panthers fan to hope for a white QB mainly because of his color?

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 12:34 PM

Yeah and it got nuked.

I WILL NOT GO SILENTLY INTO THE NIGHT

#7 4Corners

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 12:35 PM

He wants to be an "entertainer".....

We need Warren Moon not Steve Harvey.

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 12:36 PM

Not sure, but I definitely don't want Mallett because he's the slowest black QB out there.


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#9 Dpantherman

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 12:37 PM

no (but i do wish we could)

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 12:37 PM

It don't matter what color to me.

Hell, he could be purple or orange. Just as long as he knows how to pull out a win, that's pretty much all I care about........

#11 Sapper

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 12:38 PM

Were there many Panthers fans that didn't like Rodney Peete bc he was black?

#12 mav1234

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 12:38 PM

heh, didn't we have one of these posts a month or so ago?

#13 csx

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 12:39 PM

It's perfectly possible to have the discussion, maybe not here though. The audience here seems to be skewed towards the young and/or "challenged".

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 12:41 PM

Don't care what his color is, and I think he has as much chance of being a future star qb as Gabbert does (about 1 in 4). But I am a little wary of all the attention that will be focused on us if we do pick him, and the bust label that will be associated with the pick if he doesn't immediately perform.

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 12:41 PM

I'm just sick of the Nostradomus' on here.

Too many definitive statements about draft prospects. We all know better.

That and "gut feelings", give me a break.


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