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Genes and Racism

Jeff2422 Wrote: Apr 23, 2013 12:55 PM
I suppose that the good Dr. was only talking about place kickers in the NFL. One of the best punters in the history of the game was Reggie Roby, played for Miami for years. Also, I presume he means by black, African-American blacks as most NFL kickers since the advent of the soccer-style kick have come from all over the world Though he is correct that the overwhelming majority of NFL place kickers have been caucasian. Since the position does not pay as much, and is not admired (sexy), a growing number of foreign nationals or naturalized citizens have been place kickers in the NFL in the last 40 years. Young males in America generally want to be a QB, RB, or WR, they get the big bucks.
djandle88 Wrote: Apr 23, 2013 1:42 PM
I think the reason we never seen a black place kicker is that I have never met a black football player who didn't want to get the most glory possible....and kicking a ball isn't a very glorified position unless it's to win the game. They either want to be the one scoring all of the points, or the one delivering the biggest hits.
rightmostofthetime Wrote: Apr 23, 2013 2:59 PM
In my experience, djandle, that's true. Which makes it a cultural thing, as Sowell points out.
Jeff2422 Wrote: Apr 23, 2013 12:55 PM
During decades of watching both collegiate and professional football, I have seen hundreds of touchdowns scored by black players -- but not one extra point kicked by a black player.

Is this because blacks are genetically incapable of kicking a football or because racists won't let blacks kick a football?

Most of us would consider either of these explanations ridiculous. Yet genes and discrimination were the predominant explanations of black-white differences offered by intellectuals in the 20th century.

It was genes that were the preferred explanation in the early decades of that century and discrimination in the later decades, as I show in my...