Monday, February 05, 2007

Lovie Smith: First Black Coach to Lose a Super Bowl!

The headline in my mind this morning: Lovie Smith becomes the first black coach in history to lose a Super Bowl.

As the predictable media continued to make race an issue Monday morning by focusing on the first black coach, Tony Dungy, to win a Super Bowl, I thought we should give equal time to the losing coach as well.

For the last two weeks, we, the fans of professional football, have had our intelligence insulted day after day as the drooling media made race the focus of the coach’s path to the Super bowl. Instead of qualifying the success of these two coaches, Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith, by showering us with their accolades of achievement, we were bombarded with the same race issue that, we, the general public, are never supposed to talk about (or more specifically, we, the non-black people).

When will the non-race/race factor stop?

Will we have to hear a few years from now about how so-and-so is ONLY the 12th black coach to ever lead a team to the Super Bowl? I mean, how far is this going to keep going? The football 'analysts' during the game last night pondered why there were no black owners in the NFL yet. The media continues to make race an issue when it should never be brought up and if someone (a white person) challenges this issue, well then your a racist.

I’m not a racist person by any means. I pretty much like everybody I meet and I try to never put a label on someone. We are all God’s creation and as far as I’m concerned there is only one race to begin with; the human race.

If race is not an issue, can we please stop talking about it and focus on the individual without looking at the skin color? Didn't someone once say, 'I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.'

How many years has it been since those words were spoke? Dr. King's children are not little any more and they sill don't live in that nation yet; as the media has proved over the last two weeks.


Wadical said...

Dungy jumped on board pretty quick....with Super Bowl trophy in hand, the first sentence out of his mouth involved the phrase "African American". Why can't he just be a good coach? Why does he have to be a good "black" coach? To some, being black is like being gay...they must be black first. Black coach, black teacher, black leader, black lawyer, black ditch digger. Same with being gay. It seems that it is more important to be black than to be anything else....even good at what you do.

Anonymous said...

Dungy was a class act. He only mentioned his color because the media kept bringing it up. He formost gave the credit of his success to God and Jesus Christ. He said it over and over again in the days and weeks leading up to the Super Bowl. I admired him greatly for that.

Go Colts!

Anonymous said...

This is what he said-

"I'm proud to be the first African-
American coach to win this,But again, more than anything, Lovie Smith and I are not only African-American but also Christian coaches, showing you can do it the Lord's way. We're more proud of that."


WayneDawg said...

Dungy and Smith are both class acts and I am not taking anything away from their character or their Christianity.

I am simply pointing out the hypocrisy that exists in the media when it comes to race.

It’s like WWW said, why does African American have to come before every high profile job title that a black person may have? How can this country be truly color blind until we stop labeling everyone that isn’t white?

Badbeans said...

The assumption is that equality means that the racial, ethnic, and gender make-up of any given organization should reflect the population, or else racism permeates the culture of the organization. But this flies in the face of what Dred Scott and Dr. King both taught in their rhetoric. Dred Scott only asked for the same opportunity to gain or achieve something, not that he wanted that something handed to him because of the color of his skin. And Dr. King taught that the content of the character of the man is what counted.

But on every occasion the guilty white liberals in the media cannot applaud the poor Negros who rise above the status that they have been dealt by society, almost to the degree of a mother who watches her child take his first steps, or perhaps the parent of a kindergartener who is graduating to first grade. Actually, this is telling of what liberals really think of the "oppressed" classes of people, that without the help of the guilty whites and the applause and encouragement for traits not of honed skill but of nothing more than the skin given by God can the oppressed be as good as white people.

When do we finally realize that people who have determination to achieve are the ones who achieve? When do we realize those who are willing to pay the price for success are the ones who succeed?

That's seems to be black and white to me.

WayneDawg said...

Good one Beans -

What's seems black and white to you and me is nothing but a rainbow to others. They have to see color no matter what.

sunshinedaily4me_wuz_here said...

I totally agree that the media has to make everything a race issue. It is ridiculous. Dungy is a class act!

mrclm said...

Dungy and Smith are both great men. Anybody who followed how Dungy handled his son's death last year knows that the Superbowl would not define Dungy.

I have an article on my blog Dungy's faith.

BTW, thanks for the link WayneDawg!

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