One of my favorite reads, FanHouse colleague Sportz Assassin wrote a interesting piece called Donovan McNabb's Race Comments Way Out Of Bounds. He makes the case that the quarterback position, no matter what the race of the QB, is the most criticized one in sports. And that McNabb, by suggesting that black quarterbacks have it worse in his HBO Real Sports Interview, is being out of line by whipping out the "race card."
Personally, I think the only out of bounds thing that McNabb did was being a public figure daring to try to discuss race and perception of job performance in a television interview. I don't particularly want to write about it in a blog post either, because I am not sure that our society can have a thoughtful discussion of this topic. Especially in the form of a short blog entry and mostly anonymous reader comments.
The reason I like writing about sports is that it is terribly fun to be very passionate about stuff that really doesn't matter and is escapist entertainment.
It gets ugly when you write about race or gender and job performance because our country is damaged on this subject. Just about anybody you know who has had a real job has experienced discrimination, no matter what their race, gender, age or whatever. And to be judged not based on your performance but by your immutable characteristics that have nothing to do with anything, well it bites.
To paraphrase, McNabb claims that black quarterbacks have to do "a little extra" to overcome people's biases against black quarterbacks. For me, that's not a terribly provocative statement other than he said it out loud.
Posted Sep 18th 2007 5:31PM by Stephanie Stradley