Robert Griffin III and Authentic Blackness

“Is he a brother or a cornball brother?” asked ESPN’s Rob Parker.  He was questioning the so- called blackness of the Washington Pigskins quarterback, Robert Griffin III, because apparently there are qualifiers, though stereotypical (i.e. You cannot have a socially colored white fiancee and you cannot be Republican.), for authentic blackness. For Parker, RG III is either a socially colored black man or a fake socially colored black man.  He may be “black” but perhaps he is not “black” enough.  What is ironic for me is that race is an inauthentic way of being and still, the authenticity of this socially constructed identity can be questioned.  Can one be authentically “black” when the identity is based on stereotypes?

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