For whatever reason (wink, wink), people have no qualms about associating hand signals with gang activity if that hand has black skin. That 's still the case if you're a public figure, worth seven digits, and go by the name of Cam Newton. Your award for fitting that criteria is that more people get to accuse you of gang-repping. 

As a result, an Instagram post showing love to the brothers becomes troll bait:

 

"D1FFERENT FATHER, D1FFERENT MOTHER,
SAME STRUGG1E WE HUST1E THEM MY BROTHAs" -1OVE

A photo posted by Cam Newton (@cameron1newton) on Sep 3, 2015 at 8:55am PDT

And here are some of the comments.



People really think gangs are endorsed by Under Armour and silk scarves. Anyways, Newton saw the nonsense and followed up with a post that pictured the gentlemen in formal attire. He reveals, in a surprise, Hitchcockian twist, that the men in that picture all have degrees. Newton also accompanied the post with a Thug Life manifesto, which you can read below.

"I know where I'm going and I know the truth, and I don't have to be what you want me to be. I'm free to be what I want." -Muhammad Ali Before you begin to judge!? 1. Every1 in the previous post has a degree and is WELL educated.... DO/ARE YOU!?? 2. I am; who I am; and why are you so judge mental in "2015".... ARE YOU AFRA1D of what you don't understand!?? If you DONT understand why throw SHADE (speaking on something you do not know about; for people who don't understand the meaning of throwing "shade"). Now with all that said, "I COU1D REALLY CARE 1ESS WHAT YOU TH1NK OF ME; IamWHATiAM AND THATS A PERSON TRYiNG TO CHASE GREATNESS NOT TRYiNG TO BE ANY1ELSE or WHAT 👉🏻👉🏼👉🏽👉🏾👉🏿you👈🏻👈🏼👈🏽👈🏾👈🏿 WANT ME TO BE" 3. Is this picture better for you S1MPLEminded PEOP1E; who are quick to judge something/someone "WHEN YOU ARE NO BETTER THAN THE NEXT PERSON"!? ⏩something to think about⏪ •2PiCTURES •SAMEpeopleINbothPICTURES •WHATdoYOUsee "OR" •WHATdoYOUwantTOsee ❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓ ............in the famous words of the JOKER "WHYsoSER1OUS"myK1LLA😜.............. -1OVE

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[via Cam Newton]