An exercise in respectability?

Richard Sherman post-Superbowl InterviewS

Richard Sherman is a smart, vibrant dude and can interview however he damn well pleases, so please don't take this as a slight against his choices last night. I hope with my entire being that he conducted last night's interview the way he did because it was his choice to do so. But I can't help but feel like it was just an exercise in respectability.

He did all the things we expect of our black athletes. He was respectful (said, "sir" to the interviewer), he was quiet, he deferred to the team (and while he didn't have any huge plays, it isn't like the defense didn't have a fucking STELLAR game last night), he smiled and didn't look like a "scary thug," and he demurred at the end when Ed Werder asked him if he was still the best cornerback in the game.

And there you have it. All is right in the world. He showed everyone how articulate and nice he is, and all the white people sighed and sat back, happy with themselves that they have finally taught these black people, specifically athletes, how to behave. And for a moment all was right with race relations in the world because a smart black professional athlete took the time to remember his place.

I want to believe Richard Sherman conducted that interview the way he did last night because that is what he wanted to do. But most of me believes that Richard Sherman was genuinely hurt that people called him a thug and felt like he had something to "prove" to the world. And that exercise isn't good for anyone.

What are your thoughts? You guys are smarter than me and the reason I think about these things anyway.