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Columnist’s race-baiting on black coaching hires

Posted 1/13/20

Re. “Black coaching hires still at dismal level in NFL,” by Tim Dahlberg, Thursday:

By no means do I mean for this letter to suggest any hostility toward African Americans, Hispanics or Anglo …

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Columnist’s race-baiting on black coaching hires

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Re. “Black coaching hires still at dismal level in NFL,” by Tim Dahlberg, Thursday:

By no means do I mean for this letter to suggest any hostility toward African Americans, Hispanics or Anglo Saxons. I hope you interpret it to mean logic and common sense.

Many writers believe that the best way to get attention is to write accusations of racial bias whether or not it is true, and this column is a perfect example of stirring the pot of racism with lies and half-truths. He doesn’t mention racial bias by name, but there are innuendos flying all over the page.

This quote by the writer. “….In a league where 70% of players are minorities — blacks have been hired for only two of the 19 open head coaching spots over the last three years.” Now the writer seems to indicate that minorities should be at least 70% of the coaching staff. It is a given fact that black athletes generally are better football players and I know this is going to get me in trouble, but it could be that owners may think whites generally are better coaches.

How about team ownership? Does the wrier believe team ownership should be limited to 30% non-minority? Mr. Dahlberg stresses more black coaches because there are more black players. If equalization is the solution, then the problem can be remedied by increasing the white players and black coaches to equal 50%. It will diminish the skill and interest of the game, but at least Mr. Dahlberg and the black coaches will be happy.

It takes not millions, but billions of dollars to acquire ownership of an NFL franchise. From an owner’s point of view, it is a business. The owner did not buy the team so he will have a better seat at the games; he bought it in hopes of turning a profit as in any other business. So my question is this this: Is this owner going to jeopardize millions in profits by ignoring a better black coach? Not a chance. Some of these owners would hire the devil to win.

One more quote from the writer. “It’s also true that as recently as the 2018 season there were eight black head coaches before five of them got fired.” A safe bet would be all five of these coaches had losing records during their tenure and a negative record the year they were fired.

Mr. Dahlberg apparently wrote this column to open wider the debate on discrimination in sports in general, but his logic is laughable. With 70% of the players minorities, the only discrimination in this case would be reverse discrimination.

Many writers believe race bating is attention-grabbing. It’s like free liquor, it always draws a crowd. It does not lesson problems, it creates problems.

Carl Hinson

Wilson

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