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Black By Popular Demand (Or Not)

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 ‘But not a dog shall growl against any of the people of Israel, either man or beast, that you may know that the LORD makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel.’  ~ Exodus 11:7


Mike Sherman had barely settled into his new maroon blazer before Texas A&M drew criticism for hiring him. You see, the Black Coaches & Administrators bunch has their back up over the fact that Sherman was the only candidate interviewed for the job.


I have to say that I am a bit confused. The BC&A’s (the ‘B’ stands for BLACK, you know) Director, Floyd Keith (who is black) made it known that he was ‘disappointed in that process’ and that A&M did not ‘go about it in the right way.’  Apparently, pursuing and hiring your ideal candidate is an insufficient manner for running an athletic program.  Rather, you must first pay homage to the special interest groups.


I must admit that I am a bit incredulous to the BC&A’s response (but I am a far cry from surprised by it). On the one hand, we have an organisation that is specifically established to further the interests of a group in society specifically based on their race (black in this case) telling others how to ‘be fair’ (by their definition of the word). Silly me, I was under the impression that we are supposed to judge men according to the content of their character, not the colour of their skin. At least, that is what is pounded into us relentlessly. And, if we are supposed to actually consider a coaching candidate based primarily on the colour of his skin as the BC&A admonishes us to do, is the inference then not inescapable that said skin colour must be a factor in that candidate’s coaching ability?


You’ll have to forgive me if I am a bit confused.


I would have thought that the BC&A (again, the ‘B’ stands for BLACK) would be more concerned about the much greater–and patently obvious–lack of diversity on the team rosters. For example, as I watched the Texas A&M men’s basketball team win the Pre-season NIT Tournament in New York this past weekend (Whoop!), I could not help but notice that, for the lion’s share of the game, ALL FIVE players on the A&M squad alone were … black (and the same can be said of the Aggie women’s team, as well). Yet, no outcry from any of the usual suspects who demand that every other team, administration, workforce, etc. should ‘look like America.’  At least in that case, ‘diversity’ doesn’t really matter.


The reason, as I see it, is because the sports world is the last true meritocracy in our society. The athletes are not the only things getting bigger–the money involved at all levels is absolutely enormous. As they say, ‘money talks’; therefore, if a coach, manager, athlete, or general manager is talented and gives evidence that they will help the team/ franchise achieve $ucce$$, they are hired, simple as that.  If that person does not produce (read ‘win’) they are fired. They cannot afford the luxury of participating in the Grand Social Experiment. Instead, they (gasp) seek the coach or athlete that they feel will give them the best chance of winning.


Bill Byrne didn’t choose Mike Sherman because he is white (though it would not be a sin if he had). He chose him because he feels he is the best candidate for the job and gives the Aggies the best chance for a winning football programme.  And that deserves a ‘Whoop!’




In light of the post I wrote yesterday, here is a nice article on Providence.




California used to rival the South for its agrarian output and fertile lands.  However, times have been hard over the past few years.  In fact, the velcro crop still has not recovered completely. 





We depend on plans, programs, vision statements—but somewhere along the way we have succumbed to the temptation to displace the foolishness of the cross with the wisdom of strategic planning.’  ~ D. A. Carson





Make sure it is your team that scores before you get too excited!



Written by ninepoundhammer

November 27, 2007 at 9:59 pm

Posted in General

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  1. good concise article on providence, good post. This was something I struggled with, and still do to some point, although I have found more peace because of the hard times I went through. Basically it boiled down to couple of things: Do what is right, pray, and trust that Gods nature is unchanging, i.e that He is holy, good, loving, ect. It is frustrating when we want to know the answer or “right” course of action. I personally think God leaves us in the dark to show out inadequacy so as to draw us to Him, and to increase out sightless faith. If we would only believe God is who he says he is, we would not doubt.

    Another thing to consider, with the huge debt of grace and salvation we have, do we have right to worry or expect anything? Instead of worry, we should be joyful at all thing, even if we live out the rest of out days as living under a bridge ….. or in Lubbock.


    November 29, 2007 at 12:21 am

  2. Ha ha ha that is funny!


    November 29, 2007 at 6:48 pm

  3. I think Addison was referring to the cheerleader cheering for the wrong team in his comment.


    November 30, 2007 at 1:44 pm

  4. Amen to your BC&A post! Michael and I talk about how that happens all the time. Don’t be racist, but consider us because of our race. Good post!


    November 30, 2007 at 5:52 pm

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