Pat McAfee brought on Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter to discuss the NFC Championship Game, and we learned that white privilege has no bounds.
According to Carter, white receivers have an easier time getting open because of their skin color. The double standards here are obvious, but could you imagine if someone said a defense left the deep ball open because they underestimated a black quarterback’s arm?
Cris Carter doesn’t need to apologize. We should just all recognize that stereotypes are real and that most people use them. They should be accepted from all sides of the racial spectrum.
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Even former linebacker A.J. Hawk, who’s obviously white, reinforced Cris Carter’s stereotype of white receivers. After all, how could we forget that the movie White Men Can’t Jump was produced because of stereotypes? It’s in all of us, and we should quit pretending that stereotypes can only be made about white people.
It’s actually funny that defenders would take it easy on a receiver because he’s white, and then get absolutely cooked on a deep ball. Justice was served, but there’s no point in accusing Carter of being racist like some will. He’s not racist in any way. He’s honest.
“I’m just telling you, don’t sleep on Jordy Nelson,” Hawk said with a smile on his face.
The reality is that it’s not often that a white receiver is taking the the top off the defense. Most often, they’re in the slot and torching the middle of the field. It’s not a negative stereotype–it’s backed by math.
Other stereotypes should be accepted with grace
If an NFL executive was surprised a black quarterback with accuracy issues was better suited to play receiver, it wouldn’t be because of racism. Is Cris Carter racist for making a statement that white receivers are slept on? No. They are.
Players and fans hardly expect white receivers to dominate an NFL game, and not because of racism. We’re simply being honest and having fun. Since I’m a black and Jewish writer, I wonder how open they’d leave me?