Deshaun Watson And Being A Black Man In America
I really got something to get off my chest so brace yourself because I got a little time today.
A Texas superintendent has resigned over making a racist comment about Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson as they lost to the Tennessee Titans by a score of 27-20 in Week 2 of the NFL season.
According to the Houston Chronicle Lynn Redden’s Facebook comment Sunday September 16th said the following about Deshaun Watson
That may have been the most inept quarterback decision I've seen in the NFL. When you need precision decision making you can't count on a black quarterback.
Texans Coach Bill O’Brien had a few choice words about this comment,
I don't want to waste any time responding to ignorant, idiotic statements. Deshaun represents everything that's right about football and life. It's amazing that BS exists, but it does.
Deshaun Watson who’s in his second year of the league and first round 12th overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft kept it classy by saying that’s on him – let peace be with him.
The superintendent has since apologized about the incident saying he thought he was responding to a private post which make matters even worse and the comment has been deleted. However, there is so much more to this that individuals fail to understand.
Being a black man in America is hard! I have been told since I was a kid growing up in the inner city of Chicago that I had to work twice as hard as my white counterparts in order to be successful and to make it in this world and it still stands true today not only in broadcasting, but other career fields as well.
Now as a father I share the same message with my kids instead of talking to them about the ‘Birds and the Bees’ I have the conversation about how cruel and racist this world really is and to govern themselves at all times.
Personally, I don’t think the superintendent’s apology was heart felt. He’s only sorry because he got caught and his racist comments were exposed, but who am I to judge.
Meanwhile, the Onalaska ISD school board held a discussion about Redden’s comments per the Houston Chronicle on Saturday (September22nd).
To anybody who think racism still doesn’t exist I wish you could get a full dose of what it’s like to live in my shoes daily and see the challenges I and other African Americans face on the regular.
I hope that Deshaun Watson and other black quarterbacks in the NFL and even aspiring quarterbacks of the future and African Americans in general keep your heads up, sharpen your skills and silence your critics.
Welcome to ‘OUR’ reality!