Recently current ROH talent Cedric Alexander was interviewed by the folks over at the Jobbing Out Podcast. During the interview they touch on racism in wrestling and Cedric mentioned that New Day is many cases what he believes to be a bad stereotype in wrestling.
Alexander said "“It’s like, ‘oh we’re three black guys, we’ll sing, we’ll dance. You’ve got Kofi Kingston, who’s a phenomenal athlete, Big E Langston is a gigantic, threatening man and Xavier Woods is extremely intelligent. So why make them sing and dance when they obviously can be more… serious, I guess? When they first started this thing, it was like two or three weeks that they did it where Xavier would come out and be like a Malcolm X type of thing. He was preaching black power without saying black power, which I think is fantastic because you don’t offend anyone. But when you’ve got three black guys singing and dancing, stereotypes get fed too much and I hate it."
I for one totally agree with Cedric's opinion on this topic, because from day one I thought that this group could have been a lot more serious instead of just being jokes. But then again the WWE has always been big with the cheesy, unentertaining, and every so often stupid gimmicks and most people are used to it by now. I am starting to believe that might be the reason why I gravitated to ROH back in the day, because it is about the wrestling in ROH and not the gimmicks. That is what makes ROH different, but the same could be said of the WWE and the truth be told is that each company has their group of cult like fans that will never turn against the company.