Herschel Walker Is Problematic

By now many of you are familiar with the former Dallas Cowboy football star and Olympian. If you’re African-American and in your 40’s or older, you can recall Walker being a complete menace on the football field, pummeling over defensive backs after running through the opponent’s defensive lines. He was a follow-up act for Tony Dorsett and ran his was into the NFL Hall of Fame.

Others of you know Hershel Walker because of his politically conservative values and his appreciation for all things Republican, including former President Donald Trump. Walker has always identified as a political conservative and has been a donor for the Republican national party for a long time.

Today, he is back in the news after stating that he intends to run for the Georgia State Senate. And, in typical fashion, journalists and media outlets who are in opposition to conservative thought are digging up everything they can find to end his campaign before it gets started. Now, don’t get us wrong, here at The Barbershop Group, we’re an equal opportunity hub. We know both conservative-leaning and progressive-leaning media play the same games regarding their friends and foes. Trust us, tomorrow it’ll be a right-wing media site blasting someone they disfavor.

In this article, the author over at Yahoo decided to highlight Mr. Walker’s violent past. Yahoo journalist Biba Adams wrote,

Walker’s ex-wife Cindy Grossman has been speaking out about Walker’s alleged violent behavior since at least 2008. At that time, she did an interview with CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta and told him Walker held a gun to her temple “and said he was going to blow my brains out.”

Interestingly enough, that same author failed to mention Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s article and coverage of Hershel Walker’s mental health and his struggle with DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder). For his part, walker has been very vocal about his mental health struggles.

Let us state that his mental health diagnosis does not absolve him from his violent behavior towards his ex-wife. However, it is important to mention that his former wife was an active participant in his therapeutic process and psychological evaluations.

All of this makes Walker a problematic figure. Many people are not ready to validate problematic figures like Walker at a time when we are advocating for the removal of mental health stigmas across the nation and battling racism in African-American communities.

Our hope is that people will start to have hard conversations about mental health in every facet despite someone’s political perspective.

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