Originally posted by Overkill:
Originally posted by zillabeast:
Originally posted by crzy:
Everyone knows that RG3 is another Tiger Woods / Carlton
But that's not some s**t you should say on national television.
Totally. He was same way down here at Baylor, too.
Carlton/Woods makes me think of the goofy sweater-vest-wearing type. Is that what being "cornball" means? Or is it more akin to saying someone isn't "black enough"?
Basically. It's a distasteful way to describe someone. I don't agree with it, but I understand the context of the statement.
I'm grew up a black kid from the warzone called East Oakland. Far from a cornball, but not thuggin in the least. I witnessed how the crack game ripped thru the city and made it a more dangerous place than it had ever been. I'm 36 years old now, living in the burbs. Like RGIII, I just so happened to see life differently, mainly because my parents pushed me in that direction. His parents had a military background which might have made a difference in his upbringing. My parents grew up during a time in which the black community was attempting to unify and gain civil rights. (MLK, Malcolm X, the Black Panther Party, etc) Hence, if you were a Black person that didn't conform to the united effort during these times, you were commonly seen as a "sell-out". On most occasions, these "Sell-outs" gave birth to so-called cornballs in the 80's and 90's. These cornball/Carlton types were ridiculed by Black kids for not being black enough, and also, were poked at by kids of other nationalities for the same reasons. As crzy said, the Identity issues are endless.
[ Edited by DaDDieO on Dec 14, 2012 at 12:13 PM ]