The Truth About the Richard Sherman Situation:
The reality is that Richard Sherman is being hated because he’s Black. Historically, America has always responded in overwhelmingly negative ways to Black men who openly celebrate their greatness. Black men are not supposed to be confident and brash-they’re supposed to be humble, submissive, servant-like creatures (e.g., The Butler). Richard Sherman’s sin was that he was unapologetically confident in his ability while at the same time being black. The problem with that in America is that role is reserved for White men only. White Americans see White men who beat their chests and celebrate their victories as good and confident warriors, or even lovable eccentrics (i.e., the insane John McEnroe). Black men that behave in that fashion are seen as savage, classless thugs. America likes its Black men to be humble and submissive and if you fail to do that, Americans react with visceral hatred. Even Black people will spurn the “misbehaving Negro.” Many “educated” middle-class Blacks are afraid of Black men that “embarrass” the race by not acting in White, Puritanical, and middle-class ways. Sherman’s sins are compounded by him showing aggression while next to a white woman. That, too, is blatantly unacceptable in America.
Richard Sherman is from Compton where he graduated from his high school as salutatorian, got accepted into Stanford, became an elite football player, pledged Phi Beta Sigma, and began work on a masters degree. He then works himself into one of the best players in the NFL. That sounds like a lot to beat your chest about to me as he celebrated all of his hard work after it culminated in him making the game winning play to ensure that his team would go to the Superbowl. Most of the people who are reading this have not accomplished, in the their entire lives, a fraction of what this young man has already done. And if you’re mad about that, well #staymad because this young Black millionaire with a Stanford degree isn’t going anywhere and doesn’t owe you an apology for his personal greatness. He’s not obligated to downplay the greatness of his life to make you feel better about the mediocrity of yours.f