June 16, 2009, - 11:51 am

Expand the Racist Rooney Rule to the Playing Field

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.


Graphic From Afro City Blog/Autographed Letter Signed

5 Responses

I think it’s time for the BFL but akin to BET, there could not be any white faces in the league except for cheerleaders and other skanks.
It’s diversity.

kaporet on June 16, 2009 at 1:36 pm

I would like to extend this affirmative action to the White sports reporters and writers, who are always telling us few Blacks coach and manage, and have them step aside and let Blacks take THEIR jobs. My local newsrag has White writers always lamenting the fact that Blacks make up only X% of coaches when they are X% of the population, blah, blah, blah. They are all White guys. They should step aside and, for the sake of “fairness,” give their jobs to the first Black that strolls into the newsroom. Never happen. Just as liberals like to spend OTHER peoples money, they like to settle old scores with other peoples lives, not their own.

JAT on June 16, 2009 at 1:36 pm

With affirmative principles in action, I propose we mandate a 2-Caucasian players for each NBA team rule at all times, during the game. After all, it is only fair.

#1Vato on June 16, 2009 at 8:25 pm

If you think reverse discrimination is an isolated thing today look at this great website that has the facts.
White males and whites in general are under attack in the workplace both in Government and in the corporate world.The illegal systematic discrimination against the white male in the workplace is shocking.The federal Government is one of the biggest offenders leading the way firing and refusing to hire hire white people.
The EEOC hired Hispanics by 98% above their racial quota, that accomplishment is dwarfed by the 427% by which blacks were over hired by EEOC.Blacks were over hired at the Court Services and Offender Services agency by 841%. And at the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation by 405%.
It is getting worse in the Barry Soetoro administration where the big lie about racial discrimination against minority groups is perpetuated.

ScottyDog on June 17, 2009 at 12:14 pm

Chile Please

Damien Thorne on February 5, 2010 at 9:38 pm

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