Progress

3 02 2009

I haven’t had a lot to say lately…sorry.

But, this morning, as I was catching up on my blog reading, a new thought struck me.

Two years ago, when Indianapolis and Chicago met in the Super Bowl, the big talk leading up to the game was the two black coaches.  Never before had a black man coach his team to the Super Bowl, and in that year, two of them accomplished the feat.  I must have heard this topic discussed a hundred times in the two weeks leading up to the big game.  And, of course, Tony Dungee went on to become the first african american man to actually win the Super Bowl.02032009-tomlin

Sunday, Mike Tomlin, became the second African American coach to lead his team to a Super Bowl victory.  And, you know what?  Maybe it’s just me, but I haven’t heard a single mention of that fact.  I have heard all about his leadership, his youth, the way he relates to the players.  But, not a single utterance of the fact that he is black.  In just two short years, this has gone from an historic headline that dominated the media to a relative afterthought.

And, you know what?  I am glad.  I am celebrating the fact that the color of a man’s skin has gone more or less unnoticed while his achievement has not.  That, to me, is progress.

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5 responses

4 02 2009
Shawn W

That is kind of cool.

4 02 2009
Jodi

Good point!

4 02 2009
Darrell

So is the current political scene our “governmental super bowl”?

4 02 2009
Yuriko

Very good point. I just wish the world was color-blind — at least when it comes to a person’s skin color.

4 02 2009
BuffaloNickel

Maybe the current political scene is part of the reason why this was so
under the radar. Electing and swearing in an african american president may be an even greater sign of
progress.

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