Hooray For Tokenism
The timing for this post is that soon we're going to hear some debates about why it's a double standard that the Dallas Cowboys were not allowed to hire interim Head Coach Jason Garrett as their permanent HC until they completely abided by the RR. While in Minnesota, the RR doesn't apply to the Vikings if they desire to hire their interim HC Leslie Frazier to their HC position, right now. So lets recap, the Cowboys have to wait until the end of the season and interview minority coaches for a position that is currently held by the guy they want to hire in the 1st place. All because Garrett is white and Frazier is black. Well, to quote the immortal words of former Cardinal great, Rod Tidwell," Well boo f*ckin who." If it takes such a token approach to help combat the biggest inequity in sports, then so be it. It's gotten to the point of an "I don't care how we get there, as long as we get there" philosophy on this subject. Look, the N.F.L is a company that has 65% black workforce, yet only 18% of that workforce is in charge. I haven't done the numbers but I assume that the percentage of Latino GM's of McDonald's across this country is much higher than 18%. That assumption is equally as racist as the assumption that 7 black coaches and 5 GMs's is an acceptable number for an industry that relies so heavily on black workers. So, I don't care that we have to go through such a trivial process that can seem comical at times. Desperate times sometimes demand deliberate and consistent measures to rectify itself. So once again " Hooray for tokenism ".Visit here white label tokenization
Does the system work? Does tokenism actually get black coaches jobs? Out of the 7 black HC's currently in the N.F.L. only 2 were a product of the RR. Marvin Lewis and Lovie Smith were gonna be coaches regardless of the RR or not. Jim Caldwell was a hand picked replacement by Tony Dungy. Mike Singletary and Leslie Frazier are mid-season coaching replacements. Pittsburgh Steeler HC, Mike Tomlin, and Tampa Bay Buc HC, Raheem Morris, are the only 2 direct decedents of the rule. Both were success stories and both are examples that the system can actually work. While Morris is probably more of an example of the RR, I'm gonna concentrate on Tomlin's plight to be a HC. In 2007, Steeler legend and longtime HC, Bill Cowher, retired from the NFL. Other longtime Steeler assistant coaches Ken Whisenhunt and Russ Grimm were widely considered the frontrunners for the vacant job. Pittsburgh shocked everyone by following the system that they invented and hired the then 33 year old Tomlin. The decision surprised everyone, but in hindsight it probably shouldn't have. The similarities between Tomlin and Cohwer are much more apparent than Whisenhunt and Grimm are. They were both defensive minded young assistant coaches (Cowher was 33 when hired by the Steelers) and both were relatively unheralded. Both have studied under Hall Of Fame coaches in Tony Dungy and Chuck Knoll. Both caught the sporting world off guard when they were announced as the Steelers HC. The paths of Cowher and Tomlin were almost identical, except its not socially applicable here because Cowher is white and Tomlin is black. Matter of fact, it was widely rumored that the Steelers solely hired Tomlin to validate the rule they helped create. Basically saying that the Steelers risked their proud and rich organizational history, just to prove a point. I guess that's easier for people to believe than a "token" rule could work when applicated in the proper way. Even if the rumor was true, I would still say "hooray for tokenism."
There have been many casualties during this 7 year long war since the RRule has been around. Countless black coaches have interviewed for HC jobs that they knew they were not going to get simply to appease the RR. Which in turn, gained them a reputation of being a token interview tool and opened themselves up to criticism about their interviewing skills during the process. A timeless black coach rumor concerning this subject usually states, that "he just doesn't interview well." Greg Blache, Perry Fewell, Maurice Carthon, Ron Meeks, Emmitt good Thomas, etc. are all examples of black coaches that were negatively affected by the RR. I "Rod Tidwell" them as well. They should take solice in the fact that they were all necessary pawns, in a necessary war, that has to be fought. They were treated like marked cattle and paraded around the NFL circles as gestures of appeasement for a ridiculous rule. As time has gone by there have been black coaches that have refused interviews because of the token nature of there perspective inquiries. I urge all black coaches not to take this approach. I truly feel bad for the coaches who I mentioned above and for every coach that has been negatively affected by this rule, white or black. I completely understand that they're real people and have real families, but this subject is way too important to worry about a few casualties of war. The global good concerning this issue heavily outweighs the fundamental bad things that sometimes occur. Sorry for the lost dreams and for the missed opportunities
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