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An Unworthy “Historical” Event.

This seems to be a case of “look how progressive we are” from the NFL:

The NFL has assembled an all-Black officiating crew for the first time to work Monday night’s game between the Los Angeles Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, citing the opportunity to recognize the league’s history and recent practices in diversifying its officiating department.

“This historic Week 11 crew is a testament to the countless and immeasurable contributions of Black officials to the game, their exemplary performance, and to the power of inclusion that is the hallmark of this great game,” NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent said.

The individuals on the crew were pulled from other crews for this “look at us” event.

It seems counter intuitive to us.

First, officials should be graded on how good they are.

Period.

The color of one’s skin should never enter into the equation in evaluating an official in the NFL or any sport for that matter.

Yet here the NFL is saying “the race of these officials matter. See how it matters as being a part of this crew is based on race?”

Here’s the interesting conundrum:

Assume for a moment that because some of the crew members are being pulled from other crews, that the crew overall has a bad game. (It happens…rarely…but it happens.)

Is the NFL, any news organization or fans going to say “they missed that call because they are black?”

No.

Since that is the case, why is the NFL making a big deal out of the race of the officials?

It is something that we really struggle with. If we look at the color of a person’s skin, we are somehow a racist. If we fail to take notice of the color of a person’s skin, we are insensitive, ignorant and exhibiting some sort of “privilege.”

We are firm believes in that people should be judged on merit, and not the color of their skin.

It is too bad that institutions such as the NFL don’t believe the same thing.



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