Woman pens letter to Cam Newton letting the QB know she indeed dislikes him solely because he’s black
CHARLOTTE, NC — Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton received a letter from a “proud racist” today who wrote the football star to clarify that she does in fact dislike the player solely for reasons of color.
Published in the Charlotte Observer, the letter written by 68-year old Helen Tyrell of Mt. Airy, North Carolina, was written in response to comments Newton made in a recent interview with GQ magazine, in which he said that the criticism he receives is not because of his race: “It’s not. Like, we’re beyond that. As a nation.”
But Mrs. Tyrell fired back at the quarterback, insisting that she dislikes Newton for his race and his race alone.
“If a good white boy celebrated after all his scores, I’d be happy about it because he’d have every right to appreciate his success,” wrote Tyrell. “That’s why I like that Aaron Rodgers up in Green Bay. But you need to remember your place. You can call that racism if you’d like. Because it is. I don’t like your race.”
“We are not beyond racism as a nation,” the letter continued. “If we were beyond racism, it would be a sad day in America. Disliking the blacks is a huge part of who I am. It’s what my parents did. It’s what my grandparents did. It’s what I’m teaching my kids. If I didn’t have that, I’d have nothing. The country is beyond racism? I don’t think so. In fact, I think it’s coming back stronger than it’s been in years. It’s a blessing.”
Newton said he did not see it when asked today at practice about the letter, which the Observer noted: “was heavily edited to remove racial slurs and fix numerous misspellings.”
The woman’s letter closed by saying the Panthers would have won the Super Bowl last year is Derek Anderson had started the game at quarterback.