The ONLY good outcome of the tragic and ridiculously unnecessary murder or George Floyd by the Minneapolis police is that you can no longer stay silent about racism. Either you’re against it or your silence means you condone it.
The unfortunate side effect is people like Vic Fangio sharing his thoughts on racism in his sport that sound exactly like you’d imagine a 61-year old white guy would say about race:
— Michael Spencer (@MichaelCBS4) June 2, 2020
“We’re a league of meritocracy, you earn what you get, you get what you earn. I don’t see racism at all in the NFL, I don’t see discrimination in the NFL. … We all live together, joined as one, for one common goal, and we all intermingle and mix tremendously. If society reflected an NFL team, we’d all be great.”
Anddd exhibit A of why things never change. It’s impossible to make the league more inclusive to black people when white people already believe it is. Yes, I’m sure there aren’t race wars going on in the Broncos locker room and all the players get along. Racism does not mean there is physical violence or even any real tangible hostility between black and white people.
But to say there’s no racism in a league that kicked out a quarterback that led a team to a Super Bowl because he protested police brutality is wildly frustrating. You’re allowed to be black in the NFL just as long as you never talk about being black in the NFL.
Meritocracy is a concept that only the most naive people believe in. We all know that in order to get ahead, it’s all about who you know and whose boots you lick. Bill Belichick’s special needs son is more likely to get a head coaching job before a far more qualified and deserving black coach simply due to nepotism.
Vic Fangio started his career as a high school football coach in 1979. He scratched and clawed for 30 years to finally get his opportunity to be an NFL head coach. It makes total sense why HE believes there is no racism and the NFL is a meritocracy. Vic Fangio can’t recognize white privilege because being white hasn’t really been advantageous to his career.
But the fact that he hasn’t specifically been the recipient of privilege does not suddenly mean it doesn’t occur. If anything, it just means he was too dumb to realize he even had that advantage.
Vic Fangio saying there’s no racism is like me never believing rape victims because I, a man, have never been raped.
If someone tells you’re they’re being oppressed and your response is ‘I don’t see any oppression’ then you either need to question your own intelligence or you need to stop lying on Zoom calls.
Don’t talk about meritocracy when only 2 of 32 NFL GMs are black. If you’re telling me that there are 30 more deserving and qualified white executives than black then that in and of itself is white supremacy. I promise you, a black guy could be just as shitty as Dave Gettleman.
Fuck the Denver Broncos.