NFL Do the Right Thing Now

It is time for the NLF to do the right thing, if MLB will not. Both sports are followed and enjoyed by their fans but finally they are businesses. It will be a sad day if it takes threats of financial loss to motivate the organizations to make the needed changes.

The newly submitted bill to remove the NFL non-profit status is a strong step yet the change should happen no matter what happens to the bill. Thanks to Sen. Cantwell, Sen. Reid and Sen. Johnson for taking a stand. We all can and must:

Yes Racism Is Real–as if we need confirmation

Racism continues in sports. In the NBA. As long as any major league sport has the divisions in ownership, management, players, fans and team identities so clearly divided along racial lines racism will continue. 

What is racism again? To keep the air clear and any discussion focused I’ll stay with the major dictionary definition: 

  a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race

Notice the basic act upon which the belief is founded is beyond the control of each and every person alive today. It is the thinking which says “by my birth I am better than you, or worse than you, always and forever, no matter what I do or do not do in life.” Who I am, what I can do, what I have done and what I will do is irrelevant. Who you are, what you can do, what you have done and what you will do is also irrelevant. This belief is factually wrong, as current science well proves. We are one race, the human race. 

 

 

It is time for the major sports teams in all sports to face this, open the discussion and begin by formally renouncing all racist team identities be they racist and endorsing racial ranking or exploitation in name, logo. mascot or fan behavior.

What actions can you take if you support identifying and changing all racism in sports? Keep reading, more coming soon, specifics and an open discussion for real changes, sooner rather than later. 

Thinking Ahead about a Head

When a child is involved the adults need to be adults. This did not happen here. While it is easy to blame the school district in my experience most mothers do understand if something aobut their life or their family’s life is a bit unusual. Why did the mom not read the handbook carefully and at least ask a question before sending her son to school? Does the school district have the children come to the registration or meet the children before the first day of school? My children visited the teacher for kindergarten before the first day, to learn the classroom and meet the teacher. 

The child’s view of school is something to see. Add to a rather unusual perspective the stress of new faces, new places and lots of excitement some advance thinking can keep the first day positive. Cultural challenges can be well managed with a bit of forethought. Folks, with children we do have to think ahead. That is what being an adult is all about.