June 16, 2009, - 11:51 am
By Debbie Schlussel
NFL affirmative action exists everywhere but on the playing field (and the owner’s suite). That’s because the field is the only place where merit, ability, and qualifications rule.
The National Football League just announced that it’s expanding the Rooney Rule–which requires NFL teams to consider and interview at least one minority candidate before hiring a head coach–to the League’s and team’s front offices. (The rule is named for Obama supporter and Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney, who chaired the NFL committee requiring this uber-affirmative action stringency.)
That means that whenever an NFL team has any senior football operations positions open, it must interview at least one minority candidate before filling the vacancy.
But the NFL and its mostly White male gazillionaire owners are hypocrites. If they were truly interested in opening up every position to minorities, they’d require it for the field, too.
For example, every time an NFL team is considering drafting a Black guy to positions like Wide Receiver and Running Back (where White guys basically need not apply), each NFL team should be required to scout out a White guy and watch him run the 40.
It’s only fair.
White men, for the last couple of decades have been excluded from these positions. And we must conclude that this is because of the anti-White racism of team owners and coaches. And the opportunities must be given. White guys must get some consideration, a chance to get their proverbial feet in the door. After all, the numbers don’t lie. The NFL is clearly discriminating against Caucasians when it comes to these positions. Who says White guys can’t run with the ball?
Apparently, NFL owners and coaches say it because more than 75% of NFL players are Black. Sounds like racism to me. The numbers don’t lie. Who cares if the Black guys beat out the White dudes at the NFL Combine, in yards rushed, and how fast they can run the forty? That’s not what matters, right? Only skin color should matter, pursuant to the new expansion of the Rooney Rule.
And, frankly, if they’re going to be truly fair about it, every time a White gazillionaire tries to buy an NFL team, I think the League should be required to interview a prospective Black owner. You know, just to be fair. After all, Black owners are completely under-represented in the League. So what if far fewer Black Americans have the finances or the desire to own an NFL team? That’s irrelevant, when there’s clearly historical racism in favor of White billionaires (the Forbes list must be racist).
Bring Oprah in and give her a shot The chick could double as a Noseguard and a billionaire owner.
And that White guy running the entire league? Time for him to step aside from this fantasy job in favor of a Black man. Put your money where your mouth is, Roger Goodell and NFL owners.
So, I say, expand the Rooney Rule all the way. Or don’t have it at all.
The next time you hear about the “fairness” and noblesse oblige of the mostly liberal billionaire hypocrites who’ve imposed affirmative action to their front office and coaching positions, ask yourself why they continue to be “racists”–consumed with these irrelevant factors like speed and ability–on the playing field.
What’s good for the goose . . . is good for the player.
As for the morality of Dan Rooney, it’s interesting that a guy who has no problem employing drug dealer exhibitionists who beat women and father multiple kids out of wedlock, is so worried about discrimination.
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