On FS1’s Speak for Yourself, co-hosts Jason Whitlock and Marcellus Wiley lamented how they’re sometimes looked down upon because they don’t fit certain supposed black stereotypes.
“How do you guys deal with it when people say you don’t meet the black stereotype?” Smith asked.
Wiley, a Columbia University graduate who played played 10 years in the NFL, said the black community has cultural “gatekeepers.”
“Our culture has gatekeepers, man,” Wiley said.
Whitlock, a long-time sportswriter before getting into television, had similar experiences to Wiley growing up in Indiana.