Donovan McNabb was interviewed by HBO's Real Sports, and the focus of the parts of the interview shown on the show were questions relating to Negro QB's.
Mr. McNabb is catching a great deal of blow back for his comments stating that Negro QB's have to do more than QB's and are subject to far greater criticism.
Apparently, the consumers of the mainstream media have become so accustomed to the sugar coated pat answers spewed from the mouths of many sports figures, that when someone comes along and honestly answers the prescribed questions; the consumers choke on the reality of things.
Before we get started explaining the realities of the situation, let us say that those casting aspersions and negative feedback towards the answers provided by Mr. McNabb perpetuate the typical misguided criticism that runs hand in hand through the tall grass with the typical, cynical prejudices of racism.
HBO's Real Sports filmed a long interview with Mr. McNabb. An interview which he characterized thusly:
"This interview was supposed to be about how my career has been surrounded by controversy and how my upbringing has shaped the way I have dealt with it. "
Yet, somehow, the edited version of the interview seemed to put the race questions front and center.
The broadcast provided the mainstream media with ample fodder to fan the flames of the consuming public.
The entire process, a microcosmic manifestation of the realities found in the truthful answers provided by McNabb.
More is expected of Negro QB's, said McNabb.
Don't think so?
Well, what other QB's are asked the types of questions McNabb was asked? What other QB's are expected to answer them?
Negro QB's receive greater criticism, according to McNabb.
Don't think so?
What other QB's are asked racial questions by the media? What other QB's have figurative crosses burned on their figurative front lawns for answering them truthfully?
McNabb says that he didn't ask the questions. He simply answered them. Honestly.
If you don't want the truth about race in sports....don't ask.
More pointedly...don't ask a Negro QB.