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Posted on Feb 3, 2007
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Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith (left) and Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy.

Former All-America linebacker and author Dave Meggysey joins James Harris, Robert Scheer and Joshua Scheer for a discussion on the NFL’s racist history, the black coach milestone and more in this special Super Bowl edition of the Truthdig podcast.


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    By Jon B, February 8, 2007 at 10:57 pm Link to this comment
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    >>>>>You are so full of crap…..THE ENTIRE NATIVE AMERICANS AND HAWAIIAN NATIVES WERE EXTERMINATED? Well if that is true how do you have native americans on reservations even today.<<<<

    Hey Johnny, take a good look of today’s american indians and hawaiians, then compare them to their ancestors in pictures taken 200 years ago. They are not the same. They had been wiped out in their entirety. DIG DIG DIG some of hidden history and you would find out how state and federal governments paid 50 cents for one indian head/ear, 5 cents for a head of buffalo and the intent to starve them to death. Johnny, I am talking crime against humanity here.

    >>>>And by the way…slavery was a institution in AFRICA long before there was an America and AFRICANS SOLD AFRICANS INTO SLAVERY AND HELPED TO SHIP THEM TO AMERICA.<<<<

    Perhaps some black participants would answer your distorted if not crackheaded statement. Otherwise, google slave trading and you would find plenty, including Tony Blair’s recent apology for this crime.

    Johnny, get your head out of the sand. You ain’t no ostrich. If you want to be one, then I’ll see ya in zoo. LOL

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    By John, February 8, 2007 at 7:59 pm Link to this comment
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    These are the descendants of same people who exterminated the entire native americans and hawaiian natives. They were the ones who invented the slave trading and colonization.

    You are so full of crap…..THE ENTIRE NATIVE AMERICANS AND HAWAIIAN NATIVES WERE EXTERMINATED?
    Well if that is true how do you have native americans on reservations even today.  How do exterminated people do that.  And by the way…slavery was a institution in AFRICA long before there was an America and AFRICANS SOLD AFRICANS INTO SLAVERY AND HELPED TO SHIP THEM TO AMERICA.

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    By Jon B, February 7, 2007 at 10:21 pm Link to this comment
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    Racism can not existed without the consent of this nation’s ruling class and the media whose lifeline depends on their advertising expenditure. Nelson Mandela was called a “terrorist” by a former house majority leader, again with the consent of the ruling class in US. These are the descendants of same people who exterminated the entire native americans and hawaiian natives. They were the ones who invented the slave trading and colonization.

    Sure everyone can call themselves white but most of them are merely piggybacking on anglos.

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    By Chaseme, February 4, 2007 at 9:21 pm Link to this comment
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    These are the original Twelve Steps as defined by Racism Anonymous:
      1. We admitted we were powerless over racism—that our lives had become unmanageable.
      2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
      3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
      4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
      5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being, especially people of color the exact nature of our wrongs.
      6. We’re entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
      7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
      8. Made a list of all persons of color we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
      9. Made direct amends to such people of color wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
      10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
      11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
      12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to racist, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

    Other twelve-step groups have modified the twelve steps slightly from those of Racism Anonymous to refer to problems other than Racism.

    The Promises:
      1. If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through.
      2. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness.
      3. We will regret the past and learn enough humility to eventually shut the door on it.
      4. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace.
      5. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benifit others.
      6. The felling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear.
      7. We will loose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows.
      8. Self-seeking will slip away.
      9. Our whole attitude and outlook on life will change.
      10. Fear of people of color and economic insecurity will leave us.
      11. We will intuitively know how to handle situations that used to baffle us.
      12. We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.

    “Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us-sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them.”

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    By JD, February 4, 2007 at 5:06 pm Link to this comment
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    Deal with history and today’s reality.  Don’t pretend that history has no impact on attitudes today.  Denial doesn’t rebuild human relations.

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    By RAE, February 4, 2007 at 10:36 am Link to this comment
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    This is such an over-hyped, hysterical crock of caucasian crap!

    IT’S A BLOODY GAME, people… A GAME. It doesn’t matter a damn who is coaching, who is playing or who wins! If there was never another football game in all history it wouldn’t affect the planet or the human race one iota! Other than making RICH PEOPLE RICHER there is NO REDEEMING VALUE unless you count the little bit of exercise these “athletes” themselves get and the HUGE AMOUNT of diversionary time it provides for the mindless, lifeless population who, like complete morons, spend hours following the air-headed antics of those who’ve deluded themselves into thinking they’re doing something worthwile!

    It is so offensive to watch NEWSCASTS of all things filled with interminable interviews with men whose “faith” sustains them and leads them on to victory… who have God on their side to guide them… etc., etc., et-nauseating-cetera! You’d think everyone in the USA has a mental age of about 5! This is really embarrassing!

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    By Ichthus, February 3, 2007 at 11:45 pm Link to this comment
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    You think this is important? This is truthdig. Why don’t we forget about these coashes, or recruit them to stand for something important. Great, there black, I believe they are Americans.

    Lets focus on the issues!

    End the War in Iraq!

    End it now!

    End the War in Iraq!

    End it now!

    Down with the New World Order!

    Down with the Global Elitists!

    Wake up!

    Do not fall into the subjugation of religious or political dichotomy!

    Let us stop being divided.

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    By Marcella, February 3, 2007 at 10:16 pm Link to this comment
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    Listen kids, lets get off the racist thing.  I’m tired of hearing about it.  We’re all Americans and I believe that continually pointing out all of these “black milestones” is detrimental.  African Americans have as much chance at sucess as anyone.  By the way, I’m crazy Democratic, progressive liberal as anyone you could every hope to meet.

    Also, Native American.  Where all all my sucess stories?

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    By Mike y, February 3, 2007 at 8:27 pm Link to this comment
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    Much has been said about the lack of black coaches in the NFL.  While it is progress that blacks are now head coaches, the number of black coaches should correlate the overall population of the country and not the number of black players in the NFL.  The best players often (actual factually) do not make the best coaches.  Therefore, stating that because 75% of the players are black means that 75% of the coaches should be black is flawed.

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    By Chaseme, February 3, 2007 at 4:37 pm Link to this comment
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    It’s truly sad when “racial friction” or “increased racial tension” may come after reports are filed about Black people doing something positive.

    Why wasn’t there “racial friction” when only Blacks were brought over to America as slaves? Why wasn’t there “racial friction” when only Blacks were being tarred and feathered? Why wasn’t there “racial friction” when Black men were being castrated and hanged? Why wasn’t there “racial friction” when Black women were being raped and mutilated? Why wasn’t there “racial friction” when the Jim Crow laws were in effect?

    It is because of those laws that we are still seeing “first” when it comes to Blacks in prominent positions in America. And, now that things may appear to be changing, ever so slightly, there is going to be “racial friction”.  You have got to be kidding me.

    If there wasn’t grounds for “racial friction” when Blacks were slaves, being tarred and feathered, castrated and hanged, Black women raped and mutilated and when the Jim Crow laws were in effect, why would there be grounds “racial friction” now two Black men are coaching the two teams in the American Superbowl?

    Short answer: Because White America didn’t intend it to be that way.

    Why was Jim Crow laws so successful?

    Short answer: Because White America intended to be that way.

    Who is it that is bringing about all this… “racial friction”?

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    By Quy Tran, February 3, 2007 at 3:57 pm Link to this comment
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    In sports there’re absolutely NO BLACK or WHITE. They’re just human beings and please don’t discriminate. We’re all equal to GOD !

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    By Lefty, February 3, 2007 at 3:37 pm Link to this comment
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    Racism is human nature.  Bigotry and, on the other side, acceptance are learned.

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    By Jon Firestein, February 3, 2007 at 10:34 am Link to this comment
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    Having two Black coaches in the NFL is significant, but I think Harris’ ending comment summarizes the ambiguity around the phenomenom.  The NFL is so Black, player wise, that it is almost unbelievable that this is the first time a Black coach has stood on the sideline. Go Colts!!

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    By Clark Howard, February 3, 2007 at 10:16 am Link to this comment
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    Affirmative action should never have been removed from the UC system.  One of the benefits of the program was that it forced colleges to consider and recruit African-Americans.  With relaxed rules comes a relaxed admissions group not bound by any need to truly promote ethnic diversity.

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    By John, February 3, 2007 at 9:13 am Link to this comment
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    You have got to be kidding me.  NFL’s racist history…..yea thats a fact….and then tell us how you want this country to be one people with no racial discrimination because the fact is reports like this are only designed to increase racial friction and to continue racial friction.  This Super Bowl I assume will be replete with racial firsts…First TD by a team with a black head coach.  First off sides penalty by a team with a black head coach.  First half time lead by a team with a black head coach.  First play review in the super bowl by a black head coach.  And next year it will be the first black coach to make it to the super bowl since the last black coach who made it.  Lets keep race alive as a issue….First TD by T. Owens as a black man playing for his team rather than himself..well we won’t ever see that….Personally I don’t care about race in sports.  But how about some more examples…the first black player in the NBA to lose his job to a European player or a Asian player.  The first Black Major league player to lose his job to a Korean player.
    The fact is Democracts WANT to keep race issues alive because you think it paves the road to more elections victories. Martin Luther Kings DREAM will never become reality as long as Democracts do everything they can to make past racial issues current racial issues.

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