Feb. 1, 2022

Time For Economic Withdrawal We're Not Being Hired Just Say No Go To The NFL Owners

Blacks represent 57.5% of the players in the National Football League, and African Americans represent 12.4% of the United States population. There are 32 teams in the National Football League with 0% of African American Majority Owners. Of those 32 teams currently, only one team has an African American Head Coach, the Pittsburgh Steelers, Head Coach Mike Tomlin. If you base the hiring practices on the percentage of African American players currently on the rosters around the league. There should be 18 African American Head Coaches running National Football League teams on the field of play. If you base the percentage of African Americans in the nation at minimum there should be 5 Head Football Coaches in the National Football League. The Rooney Rule implemented in 2003 was supposed to erase the bigoted hiring policies that have shadowed the hiring of African Americans Head Football Coaches and General Managers historically in the National Football League. Well, it's 2022 and the Rooney Rule has been an abject failure that has been sidestepped and toyed with by the 32 White National Football League team owners. I guess in the final analysis the Art Rooney Rule only applied to the hiring of African American leadership for the Pittsburgh Steeler Football Franchise. Yet, our black communities have been some of the most ardent fans and followers of the teams in the National Football League despite these blatant acts of discrimination related to putting black faces in prominent positions of power. It's time for our black communities to consider the economic withdrawal of these owners' products. That means don't buy the team jerseys, don't watch the games which includes the upcoming Super Bowl on February 13, 2022, at So-Fi Stadium, don't even support the halftime show because that is simply a gesture of not faith but appeasement, don't lay down a single bet at the online betting internet sites and don't buy or drink the beer of the National Football League sponsors. As a matter of fact, any national sponsor of the league should be boycotted. We allowed those white team owners to define and adjudicate Colin Kaepernick's situation which lead to Mr. Kaepernick being blackballed from participation in playing the sport he loved simply because he sought to erase injustice in our communities. Are we going to continue to be the economic pawns of these 32 owners? Well, are we? It's time starting today to make these owners recognize the harm that they are doing and the neglect that they are promoting. It's time for all of us who have supported this game to say enough, dammit, enough. We will not take this any longer and if you cannot recognize our people to hold top-level management positions then we will withhold our economic support until you do.