Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Mainstream Media Today
Two great football games were played on Sunday. Two teams are left to play for the Super Bowl. The winner is world champ!! These teams, like all football teams, have head coaches. The two coaches happen to be black. These are the first 2 black head coaches ever in the Super Bowl. That is a good thing, however, the media needs to leave it at that. I listened last night to ESPN News and heard the biggest pile of crap announced. Imagine that a Sports channel has digressed into the morass of reporting racism.
Bill Parcels resigned as the Head Coach of the Dallas Cowboys yesterday. The first ESPN report indicated that he chose his announcement time to move the "spotlight", not from the Super Bowl, but from the 2 African American Head coaches in it. What a load!! The reporter went on to state that Bill Cowher's resignation, as well, was timed to take away from these 2 mens' accomplishments. Hogwash!!
I have been around football since I played in elementary school. Parcels' resignation was announced so that the public would know the facts, and that Dallas could get a replacement to the Senior Bowl game this weekend to evaluate talent. Cowher resigned after the season. Unfortunately, this comes during the playoffs. If correct, it was during the first week of said playoffs when Chicago had a bye and Indy was playing, along with 3 other teams. Those teams are coached by white men. No mention of showing them up, just of the 2 black coaches.
I am tired of the media dredging up inane arguments to keep the chasm of racism alive and well. We are all Americans- period. We are not Latino-Americans, Latvian-Americans, African-Americans, and/or whatever type of ethnicity one was derived from. This country was established as a great melting pot from all other countries. As a people, we are nothing more than what we allow ourseves to be. If we continue to let the press tell us that people are different[based on skin color], then guess what, they will be different always. Accept a man for what he is and what he stands for, not because he or she is "whatever".
I think that ESPN owes these 2 coaches an apology for demeaning them. I know that neither man wants to be in the spotlight, and that both want the attention focused on the game and their teams. Its too bad that announcers can comment on opinion, stating it as fact, without regard to the consequences. I wonder what would have happened if "Jimmy the Greek" were still alive and referred to these men derogatorily. There would be hell to pay - Bank on it!! But an announcer that is a minority can spew his vile venom of racism and it is accepted. I think that this is deplorable and should be changed immediately.
Sorry for this rant.
Ed --- Reid beat me to this point so I'll just offer a post-script: Out of one side of their mouths, the media, PC-dogooders, politicians, and of course Jesse and Al tell us that we should be a color-blind society, that we should look beyond the color of a man's skin(or gender, orientation, handicap, creed, or nationality) and recognize his accomplishments as stand-alone qualifications for praise. Then, out of the other side, they insult accomplished minorities by qualifying their achievments in the context of arbitrary statistics like skin color. By making a fuss about coach Dungy and Smith's skin color, ESPN is conveying the insulting message that a black man achieving greatness in his field is somehow unexpected and therefor noteworthy. If a man should not be criticized because of his skin color, then why should a man be praised because of his skin color? ESPN should treat coaches Dungy and Smith as equals with other coaches by not obsessing over their race, and give them credit for achieving greatness as football coaches, not black football coaches.
ESPN(and PC society) demand that all men be treated as equals while paradoxically celebrating their differences.