Elwood Watson: Jon Gruden is just the tip of the NFL racism problem | Opinions

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He said the quiet aloud part is a phrase commonly used in the black community to refer to whites and others who reveal their innermost thoughts.

Old Las Vegas Adventurers the head coach Jon Gruden resigned last week after a mine of racist, homophobic, misogynist and xenophobic emails attributed to him surfaced publicly.

Gruden has made fanatic and anti-gay comments for over a decade, but was only held accountable for such heinous behavior when his slanderous remarks became public property.

Among other things he said in a ruthless tone DeMaurice Smith, the general manager of the NFL Players Association, had “lips the size of Michelin tires ”, and referred to the NFL Commissioner, Roger goodell, using homophobic and misogynistic slurs.

Gruden also criticized Goodell for recruiting LGBTQ footballers, sending pictures of topless women to other coaches and denouncing the recruitment of female referees. The list of shameful and reductive comments goes on.

An in-depth talk published by The New York Times detailed that Goodell has asked league officials to review 650,000 emails sent in the past few months. The NFL has launched an investigation to examine allegations of sexism and other indignities that have plagued the league. which from that moment barely scratched the surface.

The league fined the Washington football team $ 10 million for misconduct at work, but gave the owner Dan Snyder a mild slap on the wrist and stubbornly refused to release full material that could potentially shed light on unwanted behavior.

Let’s be honest, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to conclude why the league has resisted opening emails for public consumption. Those of us who are black Americans certainly know the answer.

As is often the case with individuals caught and exposed with their hand in the racist cookie jar, Gruden returned to the question “Who am I?” No, man, I’m not a bigot. There isn’t a racist bone in my body. This is not who I am “a dishonest defense.

Well guess what, Gruden – your actions and emails clearly show otherwise! You embody all the traits that you claim to not have.

Gruden and some other NFL members are representative of a segment of Americans who yearn for a time when black people, and in some cases Jews, were sometimes seen, certainly not heard, and deprived of any sense of dignity. , equity and equality. .

Women were largely relegated to second-class status, were not competitive in the workplace, often had to overlook or overlook infidelity or domestic violence, and were largely relegated to objectification. sexual. LGBTQ people were seen as less than human, seen as deviants, perverts and unworthy of any form of respect. People with disabilities were seen as almost human figures, heavy and semi-tragic.

Yes, for a notable segment of Americans like Gruden, that was the “good old days”.

Gruden and former president of Washington Bruce allen arrogantly believed that their comments would not fall into the public domain. Truth be told, they had many reasons to believe in such a possible reality. For over a decade, they have had carte blanche to engage in such perverse and hyper-toxic levels of toxic masculinity.

While there has always been a segment of Americans who nurtured levels of hostility and hatred towards non-whites and other marginalized groups, these men and women have been largely compelled to discuss and reaffirm their racist, anti-Semitic, fanatic, myopic, sectarian and other reductive and largely pathological views with other like-minded people.

Their fanatical views were largely confined to white supremacist newsletters and magazines, obscure far-right radio shows, and darker, racial corners of the web. This was mostly the case until a few years ago.

The current climate has given the green light for individuals like Gruden, Allen and other closet racists to express their regressive views with increasing levels of fierce pride and confidence.

The NFL is just a microcosm of this purulent cancer that saturates our society.

Elwood watson PhD is a professor of history, black studies, and gender and sexuality studies at Eastern Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee. He is also an author and speaker, and his column is syndicated via Caglé Cartoons. Follow him on Twitter: @bleachbred. The opinions expressed are his own.



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