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J. Whyatt Mondesire, who publishes a newspaper for blacks and is the president of the Philadelphia branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, recently wrote that the Eagles' star quarterback failed as a team leader and choked in the Super Bowl.
McNabb responded sharply, but Mondesire hasn't changed his stance.
"He doesn't get it," Mondesire said Wednesday. "If he got it, I wouldn't have written the article."
Mondesire, publisher of the Philadelphia Sunday Sun, criticized McNabb in a column in his newspaper on Dec. 4.
Originally posted by BaseballHistoryNut
I assume you would think Mr. Mondesire had done no wrong if, oh, three or four years ago, he had gone on a tirade about what a bad joke Kordell Stewart was--and always had been--as an NFL QB?
Gibbs, would you agree that if Mondesire had been talking to the media about black athletes and the media, or black athletes and whatever, and someone had asked him about Stewart, he'd have been well within bounds to say that Cowher should accept the inevitable and bench or re-position Stewart, because a joke like him only perpetuates all of the worst, most racist stereotypes about black QB's, giving them a false aura of validity?
My point, of course, is that while it's hardly the biz of the NAACP to run around pointing out specific African-Americans who fit racist stereotypes, once Mondesire was speaking to the media, he surely should have had the right to speak freely, honestly and wisely, even if it meant disparaging a black athlete.
He has that right, as any of us do. However, he should know that whatever he says will be connected with the organization that he works with, whther they share his opinion or not.
Obviously he picked a terrible example and made an idiot of himself; and one suspects his days of having an authority position within the NAACP are limited, if not terminated. You have known for months what I think of McNabb, and my feelings remain unchanged. But don't you think my underlying point is valid?