Like most of you, I’m aware of the dustup over things that Jon Gruden did that caused him to “part ways” with the Las Vegas Raiders. So, out of curiosity, I looked today to see what he had done or said that caused a problem. This was the first thing I found. More NFL bombshells could be coming after explosive Jon Gruden exit
I almost fell over when I read this.
During a probe into allegations of workplace misconduct in the Washington Football Team organization and their owner Daniel Snyder, NFL investigators discovered an email Gruden had sent to former Washington team president Bruce Allen. Gruden wrote that NFL Players Association president DeMaurice Smith, who is black, had “lips the size of michellin [sic] tires.”
First of all, that comment is disgusting and insensitive and reveals something ugly about Jon Gruden. But, what it is NOT, is racist.
Let me explain.
IF any comment about the size of a black person’s lips is racist, then that can only be because the person claiming it is racist believes ALL black people have big lips.
Are this woman’s lips big? What about the boy that’s hugging her?
What about this man? Are his lips big? (For the record, I do not think they are.)
What about this woman? (For the record, I think her lips are big.)
Also for the record, this is a photo of DeMarice Smith. Do I think he has big lips? No. He has a fairly big nose, but his lips are not big at all. They’re certainly in proportion to the rest of his head.
The idea that big lips automatically equals black is racist to the core. Just as every other stereotypical idea about ANY race is. If the word racist is going to have any meaning at all, we have got to separate stereotypical characterizations of racial identity from ACTUAL racist thought.
To be frank, I’m likely the least racist person you will ever meet. Every time I read one of these I roll my eyes in disgust at the race panderers who peddle this crap to an unthinking public who swallows it whole.
Is it easier to say Gruden is racist? Or Gruden is an insenstive pig? Which one impacts your thoughts toward him more powerfully?
What was the reaction of the man whose physical appearance he denigrated? Right out of the race-pandering playbook.
“This is not the first racist comment that I’ve heard and it probably will not be the last,” the statement read. “Racism like this comes from the fact that I’m at the same table as they are and they don’t think someone who looks like me belongs.”
I sincerely doubt that Jon Gruden even gives a shit if DeMaurice Smith is the NFLPA President or not. HIs impact on Gruden’s life is peripheral at most.
But think for a moment about what Smith just said. “at the same table as THEY are and THEY don’t think someone who looks like me belongs.” Who is THEY? Whites. The Jon Grudens of the world. And THAT, my friends, is racist to the core. Smith views white people as a homogeneous glob of people who don’t want him around.
Frankly, I don’t want Smith around me. Because he’s a racist. And I don’t like racists. No matter what the color of their skin happens to be. People like Dak Prescott? Like Jason Witten? They’re welcome in my house any time because they are quality people. Emmitt Smith? Any day of the week and twice on Sunday. Quality people.
But there are some black players who would NEVER be welcome in my home. And some white ones as well. Because they’re not quality people. Like John Gruden. And DeMaurice Smith. Their character flaws make them unwelcome quests. They ought to be unwelcome anywhere in America. But far too many will accept DeMaurice Smith with open arms and reject Jon Gruden when both men are cut from the same cloth.
And THAT is racism.