posted May 9, 2014, 8:10 AM by Anjuan Simmons
updated May 9, 2014, 8:11 AM
I watched the 2014 NFL Draft last night on ESPN, and I was happy for the athletes who were taken in the draft. However, I could not help but notice several things that reflected the problems facing people of color:
- The entire process focused on putting people of color into positions where intelligence and leadership are secondary to strength and athleticism. There were very few black players put into the quarterback position, and most of the media coverage focused on the physical attributes of the players. I never once heard an analyst comment on the "intelligence" of a drafted black player.
- There was great diversity in those who play the game but almost no diversity in those who own and report on the game. The Commissioner and most of the reporters were White while almost all of the players were black.
- I saw many young Black men hugging their mothers but almost none of them hugging their fathers. All of those drafted had fathers, but why were so many of them absent from the event?
- The NFL Draft showed people of color becoming instant millionaires, but many of them will exit the league in less than ten years with broken bodies and bankrupt. We applaud them now and pity them later.
The #NFLDraft is a reward for decades of hard work, but I'd rather see more people of color entering the tech field than the playing field. That is what Minority Tech is all about.