The wave of domestic violence issues facing the NFL has caused the league to assemble a panel of experts to advise on appropriate actions to mitigate the problem. Criticized for not taking the issue seriously enough in the past, this move is seen a step in the right direction. Almost everyone agrees this is a positive thing, but Jesses Jackson is not everyone and the black leader is terribly upset because…racism, obviously.
The problem Jackson has is this domestic violence panel is comprised of 3 white women. It doesn’t matter that these women are beyond qualified as experts in the field; the Reverend race warrior is demanding that the NFL find some black people because…diversity, obviously.
In classic Jackson fashion, he slammed a straight flush of race cards on the table over a completely non-racial issue. His biggest beef is because he says two thirds of the players are black men and their wife beating issues shouldn’t be addressed by white women.
“Where is the jury of your peers?” Jackson said. The civil rights leader called the lack of diversity among the senior advisers a “shameful insensitivity” that “compounds the credibility crisis.”
One of the many things Jackson fails to understand is, this panel is meant to advise the league to shape its policy concerning domestic violence. These white women aren’t a grand jury and won’t be leveling charges against individual players or judging them in any way.
And then there’s this terribly inconvenient fact:
NFL director of player engagement and education Deana Garner, who helps lead the league’s domestic violence programs, is black.
So the person who actually directs the NFL’s domestic violence policy is a woman of color. I guess Jackson didn’t do very much research before flying off the racism handle. Now who is suffering from a credibility crisis?
If Jackson is really in need of a diversity issue, he can just look at the fact that two thirds of the NFL players are black. Whites, Asians, and Latinos are woefully underrepresented in professional football. Why isn’t he angry at the “shameful insensitivity” of hiring too many blacks to play football?
Maybe the black guys playing in the NFL got their jobs because they are the best at what they do, just like the white women heading up the NFL’s domestic violence panel are tops in their field. Not everything has to be about race. Merit, skill, and talent count for something too.
Jesse Jackson is completely unraveling. His relevancy is fading so fast that he’s lashing out at things that don’t even have a wisp of racism just to keep his name in the news. He’s blasting the NFL for addressing domestic violence by hiring women experts in domestic violence. Even for a shameless race hustler, this move is desperate.