Media Losing Minds Over Firing of Mostly Black NFL Coaches
When everything is racist, can anything be racist? But, the media likes to create Outrage where it doesn’t exist
The NFL began the regular season with seven black head coaches. However, as of Monday, that number is now down to two.
Now out of work are Tampa Bay’s Dirk Koetter, the New York Jets Todd Bowles, Miami’s Adam Gase, Cincinnati’s Marvin Lewis, Arizona’s Steve Wilks and Denver’s Vance Joseph.
Bowles, Lewis, Wilks and Joseph are black, as is former Cleveland coach Hue Jackson, who was fired during the season. So the minority NFL head coaching number took a major hit, and this caused dismay from some reporters on social media. (snip)
ESPN’s “The Undefeated,” a website that explores the intersections of race, sports and culture, got a bit more dramatic:
The NFL firing its black head coaches this season like pic.twitter.com/DCakKjUpBh
— The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated) December 31, 2018
NFL.com writer Jim Trotter thought the firings were a bad sign for diversity:
This continues on for a bit, but, it’s not just the sports writers (as well as many playing the race card on social media): here’s the Washington Post
The NFL’s recent efforts to strengthen its minority hiring practices by bolstering enforcement of its longstanding Rooney Rule have been followed by a firing cycle that has disproportionately affected the league’s African-American head coaches, significantly dwindling their ranks.
Five of the eight coaches fired leaguewide since midway through the regular season are African American. That has left only three minority coaches in the NFL as the carousel spins anew to replace those coaches just fired.
Leaders of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, the diversity group that works closely with the NFL on its minority hiring practices, said Monday they are watching the current firing-and-hiring cycle closely and are not overly alarmed or concerned at this point about the number of African-American coaches being dismissed. But the decreased number of African-American head coaches does reinforce the need for ongoing efforts to ensure that fair opportunities exist for minority coaches, they said.
“We all know it’s win or go home,” John Wooten, the chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, said in a phone interview. “We’ll work at it and go on. We’ll keep looking at it and push forward for the next opportunities.”
They tried to make this a racial thing, but, failed. What they really want is people to be hired because of their skin color, not their capabilities and records. Not their coaching skills, their scheming skills. Just the color of their skin. They do not want positions to be earned. Which is a shame, because reduces qualified candidates down to their skin color.