Since it launched, Fox News has really been nothing more than the media arm of the Republican Party. While there are a few people on the network like Shep Smith and Chris Wallace who actually have the courage to call Republicans out from time to time, the vast majority of the network (especially the highest rated programming) serves as nothing more than a conservative entertainment channel.
Though since Donald Trump’s “election” it’s morphed into more of a state-run propaganda station rather than simple right-wing fan fiction. Anyone who thought removing disgraced sexual predators Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly was going to magically make the network more credible was sorely mistaken.
For example, an interview Tucker Carlson had with NAACP Atlanta Chapter Vice President Gerald Griggs to discuss the controversy surrounding Colin Kaepernick and his lack of employment in the NFL, where the Fox News host said one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard.
You see, according to Carlson, racism can’t exist in the NFL — because most of the players are African American.
No, that’s not a joke, he actually said that:
So have you a league that is 70% African-American. 70% of the players are black as compared to about 13% of the population so clearly, there is no racism in hiring.
You hear that everyone? Since most of the players in the NFL are African American, there’s absolutely no racism in hiring.
What an idiot.
I guess Carlson’s never heard of the “Rooney Rule,” a measure instituted by the NFL in 2003 requiring teams to interview minority candidates for head coaching and senior football operation jobs. The rule was was created after two African American coaches, Tony Dungy and Dennis Green, were fired, despite many feeling that they shouldn’t have been. A study was soon released showing African American coaches, despite having a better winning percentage, were more likely to be fired — and less likely to be hired — than white coaches.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but in 2003, the majority of the players in the NFL were African American. What this study proved was that when it came to actually hiring African Americans for head coaching and senior-level positions — as opposed to simply signing them as players based on their on-field production — racism was still an issue.
Then I guess Carlson missed the issue a few years ago with former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling who lost his team after tapes were leaked proving what many people already knew about him, that he was a bigot and a racist.
But… but, according to Carlson’s “logic,” it wouldn’t be possible for an NBA owner to be racist. That league has an even higher percentage of African American players than the NFL.
Yet, despite the large majority of NBA teams being comprised of African American players, including the Clippers during the many years Sterling owned the team, those tapes proved that he was a blatant racist.
Also, I would like to point out the obvious difference between signing a player and “hiring an employee.”
Yes, an NFL player is technically an “employee,” but that’s entirely different than actually hiring someone for a job. For the most part, a player, regardless of all other factors, is judged and “hired” based on their productivity and a team’s need. Not to get into the whole Kaepernick debate (I’m actually working on an article where I’ll discuss my thoughts on that), but if a player can produce well for a team, especially if they’re a star, we’ve seen time and time again that there aren’t many factors (including domestic violence, alleged murder cover up, or accusations of sexual assault) that will prevent some team from signing and/or keeping them on the roster.
However, hiring someone as a coach or to fill some prestigious front office position is an entirely different story — which is exactly why the “Rooney Rule” was implemented.
What Carlson said during this interview reminds me of when people say they can’t be racist because they have a black friend or that racism is no longer an issue because Barack Obama was elected. It’s jaw-dropping ignorance that only proves how little people who say such stupid things understand about the role racism still plays in today’s society.
It really is stunning to realize that it’s 2017, and someone on a major cable news network is still using asinine “logic” like Tucker Carlson used during this interview to downplay the impact racism still plays in this country.
Watch the segment below via Fox News:
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