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.”

2 comments:

George said...

This belongs to the same category of classlessness as those singers of the National Anthem who think that they have to re-arrange the music to better display their talents of coloratura or vibrato.

What THOSE idiots don't realize is that to sing the National Anthem, perfectly, is the hallmark of a well-trained singer, the work being among the most difficult to sing that one commonly might try.

Bill said...

Thanks for the comment George!

Agree completely. I've noticed that recently, whenever I hear that song it gets more powerful.

"Our flag was still there."