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ViceTV is proudly sending around an email today announcing its upcoming special, “Fear of a Black Quarterback.”
Jemele Hill, Donovan McNabb, and Shaun King are among the contributors. (It has been clarified that the Shaun King who will appear is the former QB Shaun King, not the fraud Shaun King.) We can hold out hope, though.
Looking forward to hearing Jemele’s honest commentary, are you?
In a press release, Vice TV says the special will focus on “discrimination black players in [the QB] position have faced” and how the “logline continues.”
I get that there’s a push to call all things racist, but these media hacks do such a poor job targeting their topics.
On the day of the NFL Draft, ESPN heavily promoted a column in The Undefeated that falsely claimed the NFL is trying to keep the QB “position as white as the painted yard lines on the field.”
As white as the painted yard lines.
What in the hell?
Shout out to @espn for playing the Mac Jones is getting drafted before Justin Fields because of racism against black quarterbacks card three days before the draft even happens. Gotta keep the victimization narrative rolling no matter what. pic.twitter.com/D9c3wTt0ed
By the way, Mac Jones, who is white, was ultimately drafted after both Justin Fields and Trey Lance, who are black.
The narrative that the NFL is holding back black QBs is also rather strange at a time when the highest-paid QB in the NFL, Patrick Mahomes, is black. In fact, Mahomes is the highest-paid player in NFL history.
The second-highest-paid quarterback in NFL history, Dak Prescott, is black.
The third-highest-paid quarterback in NFL history, Deshaun Watson, is black.
The fourth-highest-paid quarterback in NFL history, Russell Wilson, is black.
And despite the claims of ESPN and Max Kellerman, the NFL Draft isn’t racist either. Jameis Winston, who narrowly avoided rape charges in college, went first overall. Jamarcus Russell, Cam Newton, Kyler Murray, and Michael Vick also went first overall. Do those count or not?
As OutKick’s Clay Travis wrote in May, this argument is tired and “at least two generations old”:
The four highest paid quarterbacks in NFL history are all black. The idea the NFL is racist against black quarterbacks is a completely broken narrative that is at least two generations old now. Everyone making the argument today should be ridiculed to the high heavens.
Because media personalities are rewarded for yelling “that’s racist,” there are days they must either manufacture stories on racism or, as is the case here, pretend a problem from decades ago still exists to keep the grift alive.
In the NFL, the best players make the most money. The best player at each position starts. Oddly, that’s not good enough.
So I sincerely ask: what is it that Vice, Jemele Hill, ESPN, USA Today want? Do they want fewer white QBs? For 70% of NFL’s QBs to be black, the NFL’s average across all positions?