Cam Newton On Racism: “We’re Beyond That As A Nation”

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In a new interview with GQ magazine NFL quarterback, Cam Newton, briefly talks racism as it relates to his NFL career, and America as a whole.

The 27-year-old Carolina Panthers quarterback has been under a microscope where everything from his post-Super Bowl press conferences, to his dance moves and fashion choices, are up for public scrutiny.

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However, Newton doesn’t feel that race plays a factor. “It’s not racism,” Newton told the magazine of criticism from football fans, some of which has been branded as “flat-out racist by his teammate, Jimmy Clausen.

Instead, the NFL star sees the varying backlash to typical fodder. ”Everybody’s entitled to their own opinion.”

Though he previously stated that being an “African American quarterback” may “scare” people because they’ve never seen “nothing that can compare” to him,” Newton was pretty adamant about steering clear of race during the conversation with GQ.

“I don’t want this to be about race, because it’s not,” he said. “Like, we’re beyond that. As a nation.”

Twitter had different reactions to Newton’s words.

Newton’s race quotes are a small portion of the larger interview where he talks more on living under a microscope, fatherhood, his infamous Versace pants, and political topics like North Carolina’s controversial bathroom law.

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Newton didn’t want to reveal if he voted for Gov. Pat McCrory, who signed  the anti-LGBT bill in March.

“That’s too personal,” said Newton. “You know I gain nothing by answering it. I love people too much to care about those type of things.”

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