Rooney Rule: Why The Rule Is Racist and Needs to Be Removed

John SmithCorrespondent IIJanuary 3, 2011

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 23:  Head coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers watches his team play against the Carolina Panthers during the game on December 23, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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I understand that this is a touchy subject, but I think it is one that needs to be addressed.

Every time I hear about the Rooney Rule in the NFL, I am reminded that racism still exists in America. The Rooney Rule, along with affirmative action, is the purest form of racism still out there.

It states that you have to interview potential head coaching candidates based on their race—not on performance, experience, or potential.

If that isn't racism at its purest form, then I don't know what is.

In my opinion, there are 32 head coaches in the NFL. I don't care if these coaches are white, black, blue, yellow, or green. There are 32 head coaches in the NFL—nothing more, nothing less.

I have an idea: how about you interview the most qualified candidates, and then hire the person that you think would do the best job?

Proponents of the Rooney Rule say that it gives minority candidates chances at head coaching jobs. But again, this is racist: it says that people need to be given opportunities strictly based on their race.

The rule went into effect in 2003 and was named after Pittsburgh Steelers' owner Dan Rooney.

Tony Dungy was hired in 2002, before the rule went into effect. Dungy got the job because the Colts front office thought that he would do a better job than any other candidate, regardless of his race.

Now look at Dallas. They want to hire Jason Garrett as their head coach, but they can't hire him yet because they have to comply with the Rooney Rule.

But why waste anyone's time interviewing these candidates? 

Why does it matter if the coach they hire or interview is a minority or not?

Also, look at Minnesota. They just named Leslie Frazier as their head coach, the former interim head coach.

Jason Garrett was the interim head coach and the Cowboys are being forced to interview a minority candidate.

But the Vikings just hired their interim head coach and they didn't interview a white candidate.

Why is there a double-standard in regards to this issue?

If Jason Garrett was black he would have been hired already, just look at the hiring of Leslie Frazier.

Until America gets rid of the notion that its the first time that an African-American was "hired here" or "accomplished this", the country will never be able to remove the stigma of racism in America. 

If you evaluate the color of one's skin with the sort of job they are able to attain, then you will always be bringing race into the equation. 

And when you start saying things need to be done based on a persons race, you are being a racist whether you like it or not.

70% of the NFL Players are black, but you never hear anyone complaining about that fact. The reason is because NFL players aren't judged on their race but on performance.

And that is the way it should be. I don't care how many white or black players there are; I just don't look at it like that.

As far as I'm concerned, there are 32 teams, 32 head coaches, and 53 players on each NFL team. Their race does not matter to me, because I simply do not care.

I am not a racist in any way, shape, or form. I believe in equality, and I don't think that race should have an effect on anything.

I am sick of race being an issue in the world of sports. As long as people differentiate others based on their race, this country will not move forward.


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