December 14, 2005

Judge Quarterbacks Not By the Color of Their Skin, But By The Content of Their Game

Here's the Inquirer's Phil Sheridan with another excellent putdown of J. Wyatt Mondesire and his stupid anti-Donovan McNabb rant:

For too many years now, I have been ignorantly trying to assess athletes and coaches by the quality of their performances, not by the amount of melanin they have in their skin.

This is what makes the leadership and example-setting of men like J. Whyatt Mondesire so very important. As president of the Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP, Mondesire had the wisdom and courage to criticize Donovan McNabb for "hiding behind excuses dripping in make-believe racial stereotypes."

Well, no one likes their excuses dripping in any kind of racial stereotypes, let alone make-believe ones. Thanks to Mondesire's column in the Philadelphia Sun, I realized two things.

First, there is a Philadelphia Sun.

Second, I learned that a player's winning percentage, statistics and overall character weren't as important means of measurement as his ability to live up to my own arbitrary racial prejudices...

Personally, I'm grateful for being shown the light. For far too long, I worried about things like facts, logic and fairness when forming my opinions and writing my columns. This is a huge waste of precious time when my head is full of perfectly good assumptions, misconceptions and outright misrepresentations.

Sheridan also points out that Eagles fans should feel fortunate that McNabb is their quarterback, rather than "Bubby Brister, Jim McMahon, A.J. Feeley, [or] assorted Detmers."

Posted by Stephen Silver at December 14, 2005 11:18 PM
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