Ben Shapiro

So who formulated this dimwitted "diversity" policy? Not exactly the most diverse of crowds. The Committee on Workplace Diversity is chaired by Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney (white). The committee includes four other team owners: Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank (white), Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen (white), St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke (white), and Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeff Lurie (white). A working group of team executives supports the committee; members of the working group are Terry Bradway of the New York Jets (white), Rich McKay of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (white), Bill Polian of the Indianapolis Colts (white), and two black men, Ray Anderson of the Atlanta Falcons and Ozzie Newsome of the Baltimore Ravens.

Where's Harry Belafonte when you need him? In any other situation, a group founded for the purpose of promoting diversity yet composed completely of whites would be cause for frontal attack by so-called black leaders. The two black men sitting on the diversity committee working group would be questioned. But when the diversity committee is insanely leftist, black leaders seem to forget about race. Rev. Jesse Jackson, that frownin', clownin', shakedownin' black leader, was overjoyed by the NFL's decision to fine Millen. "We can't allow black coaches to be used as pawns to satisfy a rule that must have real teeth," Jackson stated. "A $200,000 fine is a mouthful of teeth and adds significant bite to the NFL's guidelines." 

The whole imbecilic diversity policy came into the forefront because of pressure from black leaders. Both Jesse Jackson and high-class ambulance chaser Johnnie Cochran even threatened to sue the NFL for discrimination based on lack of black head coaches. But where is the underrepresentation of blacks in the coaching ranks? If the percentage of black head coaches is supposed to mirror the percentage of the black population, the NFL is short only one black coach. If the percentage of black head coaches is supposed to mirror the percentage of black players in the NFL, teams will be forced to hire coaches like Ray Rhodes (career record: 37-42-1).

This is bad business. If the NFL insists on this diversity foolishness, it could destroy itself. The quality of coaching will decline. NFL owners will bolt, knowing that their management decisions are subject to the whims of race-focused executives on Park Avenue. American fans will not flock to a league where race matters more than ability. The only race that should matter is the race to the Super Bowl.


Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro is an attorney, a writer and a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center. He is editor-at-large of Breitbart and author of the best-selling book "Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV."
 
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