Let's hear the race card drawn again, shall we? or... Dwight Lewis is a fucking idiotSubmitted by Unabonger at 2007-01-25 15:45:06 EST
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Quoted from The Tennessean newspaper, Thursday, January 25th, 2007
There's a lot of excitement being generated these days about the upcoming Feb. 4 Super Bowl game that will feature two black head coaches for the first time in National Football League history.
"Do you think they are overdoing it?'' a white colleague asked the other day. "Are they forcing this issue upon us? I don't see two black coaches; I just see two football coaches.''
Good questions, but Super Bowl XLI featuring Lovie Smith's Chicago Bears and Tony Dungy's Indianapolis Colts will be a historic moment. And it was not until 1989 that Art Shell became the first black head coach in the National Football League when he was hired by the team for which he had played, the Oakland Raiders.
And I can go back to the mid-1950s when my favorite NFL team at the time, the Washington Redskins, had no black players.
But while there is excitement in the air about who is coaching in Miami next Sunday, all is not well with the world when it comes to sports.
In the November/December issue of The Crisis magazine, published by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, readers were reminded that the journalists who cover professional athletes are still overwhelmingly white and male.
The article cited the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) first-ever Racial and Gender Report Card last June, which showed in part:
• Out of more than 300 newspapers surveyed, 288 (90 percent) had white male sports editors; of the five African-American sports editors, none were women.
• Out of 513 assistant sports editors, 402 (78.4 percent) were white men. There were 22 African-American men (4.3 percent) and five African-American women (0.97 percent).
• Of all sports reporters, 79 percent were white men, compared with 10.3 percent women and just 6.6 percent black men and less than 1 percent black women.
• And of 298 sports columnists — one of the most coveted writing positions in any section of a newspaper — 249 (83.6 percent) were white men, compared with 22 African American men and only one African American woman.
The numbers not only reflect the lack of unique perspectives in the nation's sports newsrooms but also have a major impact on how African American athletes are portrayed in the media, wrote Gregory H. Lee Jr., senior assistant sports editor at the Boston Globe and chairman of the National Association of Black Journalists Sports Task Force.
And if you think newspapers are awful, just imagine what the numbers look like in sports talk radio.
Here in Nashville there are several local sports talk radio shows — a couple in the morning and three in the afternoon on weekdays. Why is it that the only black folks you hear on these shows are usually the athletes being interviewed or callers? With maybe one exception, there aren't any black sports talk show hosts here. Why?
Nobody is asking for a handout, but if blacks are good enough to play ball and coach, why can't they host a sports talk show or be a sports columnist?
Instead, for the most part, you get someone like a Rush Limbaugh, who's not a sports columnist or sports talk show host, but who said on his show Jan. 17: "Look, let me put it to you this way: the NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. …''
Enjoy the Super Bowl, but remember, all is not exactly well, yet.
--Dwight Lewis, opinion column
Okay, this is the most ridiculous thing I think I've ever read in the opinion section and that says a lot. Startling figures there, Mr. Lewis. But you know I'd be very interested to know the number of black females (or black men) that are applying for the jobs. How many black students, men or women, are in journalism classes and look forward to a future in NFL broadcast?
I, along with the rest of you, have had to endure sitting through Bryant Gumble's commentary on the Thursday night games this season (and some of the Saturday games). I don't complain that he's black and I don't think that has anything to do with his lack of ability...but it points to the fact that you don't have to be that good to get into this business. He is, by far, the worst sports announcer I've ever heard give the play-by-play.
You've got black people on the television every time you watch a halftime show. Look on the field, approx. 80% of the linemen are black. Most of the running backs? Black. The Offensive Rookie of the Year? Black. The league Offensive MVP of the year? Black. Last year? Black. I'm not going to look further.
Tiki Barber (next year)
I could go on and on...
These people are all in sportcasting and they are all black. Gumble has his own hour long piece of shit show on HBO called 'Real Sports'. Carter can be heard making banter with Marino for an hour on HBO on 'Inside the NFL'.
I know what you're saying, "NO! Unabonger! He's talking about newspaper columnists!!"
I know. I read it. What I'm showing here is that if there's a large percentage of black people on the television during a football game, so obviously integrated into the NFL because of their talent and charisma, why would this asshole assume the newspapers are trying to keep black journalists out of the sports pages? It's ridiculous. I read this fuckhead's column IN THE NEWSPAPER!
Why are you writing for the editorial and opinion columns instead of the sports page? It was your decision. Obviously nobody is doubting your ability to write professionally. If there was doubt, you'd be looking for another job.
This moron reminds us, yet again, that black people are different than white people. Once again I get to open my morning paper and read about how we have two black coaches in the superbowl. I didn't even realize the coaches were black until I read the Monday paper. It was mentioned in every paper since Monday.
Tell you what, Mr. Lewis. Next time you get the idea to write a piece of shit editorial like this, do some research.
For instance, find out how many black women are applying for the jobs and then getting turned down. Then contact the NAACP, who have fantastic lawyers, and get these newspapers sued for racial profiling.
Then realize that your own paycheck comes from a newspaper and shut your trap.