Last year I wrote an article abuot how its a strange coincidence the NFL is 67 percent black, and its most prestigious position, quarterback, is 79 percent white. Its one of those elephants in the room I find hard to ignore. Particularly when my mind is wandering during a six hour blowout. Statistically this is an outlier not seen since Noah was able to get all those different species of animal onto a big ass boat. There must be an explanation right?
My theory was, and remains, that many people are inherently racist, particularly in the South where football is a religion, and religion is also a religion. I figured a lot of dumb redneck coaches maintain a healthy skepticism of racial equality, and in particular figure black kids are too dense to learn a position which entails memorizing some stuff.
The feedback was baffling. When you write an article theorizing subconscious racism the last thing you expect is a bunch of seemingly well intentioned people to write you and with all apparent sincerity spew a ton of racist shit which they don’t even consider racist. I theorize most of these racist replies are the least racist thing the people who wrote them have ever said. I am not including the probable trolling and hate speech I received because I don’t think it serves any purpose. A typical example of what I’m getting at is this:
“The offensive schemes (and playbook) at the high school and college level are pretty simple. They’re grossly simple when compared to those of the NFL. There are many QBs, white and black, who simply cannot make that transition from pretty much having a few running and passing plays, to having multiple sets, formations, and plays. It can be overwhelming, and is for most of the black Qbs.”
Outside of such circuitously fucked up wisdom, an overwhelming majority of people just attacked me as being a racist because I mentioned the subject. Its the same reasoning that makes me a homosexual because I sang karaoke at a gay bar last February. Basically its just something stupid people do. Karaoke that is. Also stupid people apparently coach football. I was not so aware. Conventional reasoning led me to be the racist in a room full of racist people. The prototypical response:
“So you are saying blacks are superior to whites….. but yet YOU are not racist ?”
I’m not going to get into the whole thing about how black people are better athletes than white people. Just take a look around and call it a day. Quarterback is an interesting quandary since it is hands down the most important position in all of sports.
To expound, I don’t think racism is exhibited in professional basketball even though the NBA is 80 percent black. Were the position of point guard to be 80 percent white, I might think something was fishy. This analogy is far less ridiculous than the actual NFL demographics.
I don’t know what I expected in response, but sometimes its good to know when you’re right even if it proves that society is by and large really fucked up and full of racist jerks. It was recently brought to my attention that there is not a single white guy in the NFL who plays secondary. Its basically the same position as wide receiver, except generally receivers are considered to be more heady and use ecstasy instead of crack rocks, like gentlemen.
It doesn’t surprise me that such archaic notions exist in an archaic sport which probably explains this whole road rage phenomenon. Football is still a game of the old guard. Those who talk about the good old days before helmets and desegregation. And people who have the balls to call a guy racist for talking about racism. Luckily football will be dead soon along with these old jarhead crackers douchebag fans of it.