Have you ever wondered what would happen if the media quit creating these constant cries of racism? Personally, I think the entire country would suddenly be a far more tolerant place.
But not because the country actually changed. Because the United States is already a very tolerant place. It is the constant parade of accusations of racism that creates the illusion of a hateful land.
However, at least one guy in the NFL has had enough, and he made his opinion plain as day.
According to Fox News:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles was praised by conservatives after scolding the media for “making a big deal” about race when a White reporter from ESPN pressed him about diversity.
“The minute you guys stop making a big deal about it, everybody else will as well,” Bowles said.
Bowles, who is Black, was taking questions from the press on Wednesday ahead of the Buccaneers’ upcoming game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Instead of asking about football, one reporter pointed out that the Steelers also have a Black coach.
“You and Mike Tomlin are the few Black head coaches in the league, I wonder what your relationship is like with him and your thoughts on Steve Wilks joining that,” a reporter asked, Wilks, who was recently named the interim head coach for the Carolina Panthers to become the fourth current Black NFL head coach.
Bowles said he has a very good relationship with Tomlin but they don’t “look at what color we are” when their teams face off.
“I have a lot of very good White friends that coach in this league as well, and I don’t think it’s a big deal. As far as us coaching against each other, I think it’s normal. Wilks got an opportunity to do a good job, hopefully he does it, and we coach ball. We don’t look at color,” Bowles said.
Finally! A voice of reason.
It seems like football hasn’t been football since the moment Colin Kaepernick decided to take a knee. And unfortunately, reality seems to be pretty far skewed to the left.
The article adds:
ESPN’s Jenna Laine, who is White, pressed Bowles, asking if he “understands that representation matters” across the league.
“You have aspiring coaches and football players, they see you guys—they see someone that looks like them, maybe grew up like them,” Laine said. “That has to mean something.”
“When you say, ‘see you guys,’ and, ‘look like them,’ and ‘grew up like them,’ it means that we’re oddballs to begin with. And I think the minute you guys stop making a big deal about it, everybody else will as well,” Bowles said.
Outkick founder Clay Travis blasted ESPN’s Laine for “lecturing” Bowles about race.
“A white woman at ESPN telling a black NFL head coach why his race matters is a perfect distillation of the broken sports media culture ESPN has created. It’s all left wing identity politics and cancel culture there. Good for Todd Bowles for his answer,” Travis wrote.
“Good for Todd Bowles. ESPN offered the race-bait and he refused to take it,” Outkick’s Ian Miller added. “Bowles is entirely correct; endlessly pointing out the race of black head coaches makes their job about their skin color, not their performance… but that’s what modern identity politics is all about, putting race above any other considerations. Trying to achieve ‘equity,’ instead of equality.”
Miller – who wore that Laine’s question was “racist” – is thankful Bowles took the time to answer the question honestly.
“He has good relationships with coaches of all races and that focusing on skin color does nothing to normalize black head coaches,” Miller said.
As for the Twittersphere, it looks as though Bowles is receiving mad praise.