This is a problem for two reasons:
- The NFL is 68% black, 28% white, and 4% other races.
- The black players see Trump as racist.
“A lot of black players believe saying the first black president isn’t really American is racist as f--k,” one player told B/R Mag.
Recalled another black player: “I was talking Trump and Hillary with a white teammate, and the conversation was fine. Things got a little heated when he said, ‘Trump isn’t racist.’ I don’t know how anyone doesn’t see how that’s just not true. We talked about that statement for two days.
“We were taking a break during practice maybe four days or so after our last conversation about Trump,” the player continued. “He came up to me and said, ‘Here’s why Trump’s not racist and Hillary is.’ Then we argued for another day. It was sort of heated again.”
For the most part, though, NFL players have attempted to rise above the divisiveness of the campaign, however divided their workplace environment might already have become. One starting offensive lineman said he and his teammates “discuss politics every day. We couldn’t be more different and are good friends and joke about all of it.”
“That’s an issue with this country,” said the lineman, who said he planned to vote for Trump. “We can’t have conversations anymore. We are too sensitive. It’s OK to disagree about things.”Now we are getting somewhere.
There are differences between black and white, and many white people like me see the default position in America as always siding with the black point of view. Many black people see it the opposite way.
When millionaire black entertainers complain about racism, their white fans scratch their heads. The election of a black president has not healed racial wounds. It has re-opened old wounds.
Well, let's re-examine them then. We have tried for fifty years to pretend racism can be totally eliminated without actually working to eliminate it. On the one hand, we have affirmative action. On the other hand those affirmative action hires all seem to be for African-American studies professors. The answer to racism is more racism? We need black petroleum engineers because that is where the money is. Let's encourage that instead of sentencing the best and the brightest black students to the African-American studies ghetto.
We pressure successful black people to be a role model for the black community. Has anyone suggested Tom Brady mentor poor white boys? Don't be stupid. And yet it would be headless as well as heartless not to recognize the greater need in poor black neighborhoods.
We cannot survive if we split along racial lines. We have to overcome our inherent racism. Somehow.
I have no answer, but I do know we need to raise the question. Trump's dividing the NFL? Good, because it already was divided. No one wanted to admit it because Americans like to pretend we're perfect. We're not.
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