Monday, February 4, 2008
The NFL Is Racist
Gene Upshaw, NFL Player’s Association
The recitation of the Declaration of Independence piece before the Super Bowl was nice. But the document was misquoted as “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men, all men, all men are created equal” (the original reading didn’t have men of African descent repeat ‘all men’ three times).
If the NFL is so committed to preaching about equal rights, why don’t they reserve some of the minority coaching and front office quotas for Mexicans? What about Hispanics? No jobs for them under the NFL's institutionalized racism.
And, for the record, the NFL is taking a rhetorical flourish our of context. Jefferson on Africans:
“Their inferiority… is not the effect merely of their condition of life…It is not their condition…but nature, which has produced this distinction.”
“Their griefs are transient…their existence appears to participate more of sensation than reflection.”
Posted by Bill at 8:52 AM