So the NFL has proposed a 15-yard penalty to tackle the use of the N-word on the field.
Well, that’s nice. But I see this proposal as nothing more than damage control in the aftermath of the Miami Dolphins locker room debacle.
If the NFL really wants to alleviate racial tensions in the workplace, I suggest the league start with a concentrated effort to hire more minority head coaches and place more blacks in the front office.
Football is a predominantly black sport. So why do the head coaching and executive positions not reflect this? Is the NFL saying blacks are physically endowed to play the game exceptionally well but not intellectually sound enough to be in leadership roles? Since when does an organization not hire someone with hands-on experience?
There are 32 coaches in the NFL, and in 2013, there were only 3 black head coaches.
3 out of 32?
The number of black athletes in the NFL hovers around 70 percent, and I’m expected to believe that former athletes are only good for commentating and providing analysis? While these are also great positions to have, surely the NFL is not suggesting that defensive and offensive coordinator positions are the pinnacles for black men who wish to be a part of the NFL coaching staff… I would really hate to think that the NFL is that backward.
While the banning of the N-word comes with good intentions, I believe it to be misguided and not the most effective tool to hammer out race relations in the NFL. If the NFL wants to make an example of what good sportsmanship is about, how about rewarding those who have labored for the organization? How about the NFL make a statement that head coaching and executive positions are not just for the good ole boys, but for those who were once considered second-class citizens…? Those who were once viewed as nothing more than the N-word?
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