Race is one of those subjects we usually try to avoid at all costs. Usually, it’s for good reason. Saying something that might hurt people isn’t anyone’s pleasure, outside of an ignorant minority.

Not surprisingly, then, part of me recoiled when I was interviewing Miko Grimes, wife of Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes, and she ventured into the area of race for a story you can see here and here. One reason her husband has been underappreciated at times, she said, is because he’s pale-skinned. I told Miko such a claim confused me.

“That’s because you’re not black,” she said. “I get it. It’s cool.”

Then she explained it: “A lot of people think that if you’re light-skinned or you’re not 100 percent African-American, which my husband is not, that there’s a lack of athleticism or a lack of swag.”

I needed a moment to let it sink in. Not because I doubted her perception, but I wondered why anyone else would start on that line of thinking about Brent in the first place. As I’ve written on numerous occasions, I not only thought he was the Dolphins’ MVP last season, I didn’t think there could be any debate.

Seeing as how we’re all reasonable — aren’t we? — I’m not going to list every reason it’s ridiculous to question Grimes’ athleticism. If you’ve seen him play, seen him run, seen him jump higher than any man 5-10 has a right to jump, that’s all the evidence you need.