Limbaugh: When Black Asst. Becomes NFL Head Coach, Media "Treat This As Though The Guy Just Got Released From The Plantation"
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From the April 6 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Rush Limbaugh Show:
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LIMBAUGH: Shelby Steele has written about this eloquently, many times, even in book form, much less columns. But I'll tell you, it's fascinating. Here they are: the best and brightest, the smartest, the most educated, the most curious -- I'm talking about the media -- and they are the most closeted, closed-minded, sealed-off-from-reality people you will ever meet. It is breathtakingly true. I'll -- I can give you example of what I'm talking about, just one off the top of my head.
The National Football League has had black head coaches for a long time. The National Football League has had black quarterbacks -- it's an integrated league. The only thing it doesn't have yet is black ownership. That's -- yet, a black defensive coordinator -- a black assistant coach will get a head coaching job and the media will treat this as though the guy just got released from the plantation. They really do. It is -- it is as though this particular coach just got out off the plantation. No longer is he picking cotton. It's such a great day in America. It doesn't matter if the coach is qualified or not -- all that matters is his race.
And the reason it's such a big deal to them is because their view, their -- and this is -- it's widespread in the media -- I'm not giving you an example of a couple of extremists -- widespread view that there is still massive discrimination, massive oppression in the league, in the country, in every business. And it's never treated as a human being got a job, a human being got an opportunity, a human being has just moved up the ladder. It's always "somebody has overcome the obstacles that are continually put in his way by the country."
And it -- well, it offends me, it irritates me, and it makes me sad at the same time: the idea that with this group of people, we're never gonna get past race.