Even the rest of the blacks on the set didn't know what this meant. Given the way Parker went on to explain the meaning, it appears "Cornball Brother" is a politically correct way to call someone an Uncle Tom. This is deeply offensive. And it's telling when Stephen A. Smith is the voice of reason in any conversation. Consider this from Parker:
I talked to some people down in Washington, D.C. … friends of mine who are around at some of the press conferences, people I’ve known for a long time. But my question, which is just a straight honest question, is he a brother, or is he a cornball brother? … He’s not really, he’s black, he kind of does his thing, but he’s not really down with the cause, he’s not one with us, he’s kind of black, but he’s not really like the guy you want to hang out because he’s off to something else ….
I don’t know because I keep hearing these things. We all know he has a white fiancée, there was all this talk about he’s a Republican, which there’s no information at all. I’m just trying to dig deeper into why he has an issue. Because we did find out with Tiger Woods, Tiger Woods was like, ‘I got black skin, but don’t call me black.’ So people got a little wondering about Tiger Woods ….
To me, [his braids are] very urban, and makes you feel like, I think you’d have a clean cut, if he were more straitlaced or not like, wearing braids, you’re a brother, you’re a brother if you’ve got braids on.
Steven A. Smith followed that up with, “I’m uncomfortable with where we just went.” He should be. This is the vilest type of racial stereotyping. If he has braids, he’s black. If he has a white girlfriend, he’s not. If he votes Republican, he’s not. But if he voted for Obama, he presumably would be.
Consider this; it's been widely reported that in 1988 Doug Williams, about to lead RGIII's team, the Redskins, in the Super Bowl(some argue this never happened). Let's say it did. Why was it ridiculed? Because the reporter was fixating on Williams' race, if the question was really asked. The story was oft-repeated to show the soft racism of the white reporter. He didn't just see a quarterback, he saw a black quarterback. He couldnt' get past Williams' race.
Fast forward to 2012 and Pa rker is criticizing RGIII because he wants people to get past his race. He wants to be judged as a quarterback, not a black quarterback. Parker reads this as RGIII running from his race. Once upon a time the goal of the Civil Rights Movement was a color-blind society. That goal is long gone for some blacks, apparently Parker included. Why? Because Parker is a racist. At least what he's spouting here is vile racism. He's bothered that RGIII is engaged to a white woman? That he might be a Republican? That he's not down with "the cause?" What cause is that? That he should see himself as black first? This is 180 degrees from where Martin Luther King Jr. Hoped we would be nearly 50 years after his "I Have a Dream" speech.