Seriously. From Salguero's report:
"I don't have a problem with Richie," Mike Wallace said. "I love Richie."
"I don't think Richie is a racist," cornerback Brent Grimes said.
"Richie Incognito isn't a racist," tight end Michael Egnew said.
These are three African-American players on the Dolphins, who are aware of Incognito's voicemail. Yet they (and their teammates) are actually upset that Incognito is being viewed as a racist.
A former Dolphin shed some light on why that might be the case:
Richie is honarary. I don't expect you to understand because you're not black. But being a black guy, being a brother is more than just about skin color. It's about how you carry yourself. How you play. Where you come from. What you've experienced. A lot of things.
So… because Incognito is considered an honorary black guy, he's allowed to use inflammatory and blatantly racist language?
This is a fascinating yet dangerous phenomenon, and speaks volumes about the complexity of race-related issues today, despite the perception of some folks that we're in "post-racial America."
Some minorities are steadily fighting the concept of 'white privilege,' which is basically the idea that white people can get away with things that minorities can not, because of their skin color. Whether it's being able to walk around a neighborhood without arousing suspicion or just driving down the road with no concern about being pulled over for 'driving while black,' there's really no denying that in most American cities and towns, white people have it easier in many ways. Yet Richie Incognito, despite presumably enjoying said white privilege, was also an 'honorary black guy.'
Honestly, I have no words left for this incredible stupidity.