RGIII on MLK and race relations

August 28, 2013
(Kris Connor/Getty)
(Kris Connor/Getty)

Because it’s kind of in the news lately, Comcast SportsNet’s Tarik El-Bashir asked Robert Griffin III about Martin Luther King and the 1963 March on Washington.

“To me it means what it means to everybody, and [then] some,” the quarterback said. “You know, obviously, being African American, what Martin Luther King did for us was phenomenal, and it’s still building each day. We’re getting more and more towards what his dream was, because his dream is not fulfilled yet. But over that, it means a lot for this country in general. Because this country was going through a tough time of not seeing its own mistakes, and he brought that to light in his life, and in his death. So I think Martin Luther King not only means a lot to the African-American community, but he means a lot to the United States of America in general.”

Then Tarik asked Griffin to assess race relations in the country more broadly.

“I mean, it’s still a work in progress,” Griffin said. “That’s something that we can’t deny. There’s three things you don’t talk about – race, religion and politics – but when it comes to race relations, it’s not where it needs to be. But eventually we’ll get there, and we’ll fulfill Martin Luther King’s dream.”

Last time I wrote about RGIII and political issues, I noted that people from all political stripes have been attempting to figure out where the quarterback fits in. I neglected to include this passage from Dave Sheinin’s “RG3: The Promise,” which deals with that same issue.

From pages 243-44:

While candidates from both parties wanted nothing more than to align themselves with him, Griffin’s own political leanings were something of a mystery. He wouldn’t reveal which candidate got his vote in the presidential election, and he considered politics, along with race and religion, to be a subject it was best not to discuss publicly. However, on his old Myspace.com page [ca. 2009], which was still available as of this writing, he featured a picture of Obama under the words “The History Maker.”

When I asked Troy Vital, his former high school teammate and best friend, whether Griffin was politically inclined, he said that, on the contrary, he was famously apolitical. Once, according to Vital, when they talked about the 2012 presidential election, Griffin — who happens to share a birthday with Abraham Lincoln — had said, “If Obama wins, that’s great. And if Romney wins, that’s good, too, because it’ll mean lower taxes.”

Anyhow, here’s the CSN video.

Dan Steinberg writes about all things DC sports at the DC Sports Bog.
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