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February 05, 2007

Credit where credit is due

While the media was going out of their way to notice that there were two black coaches in the Super Bowl (I'm pretty sure these two men are more than just their race, despite what the MSM seems to imply), Tony Dungy noted the importance of their faith over all else.
I tell you what. I'm proud to be representing African-American coaches, to be the first African-American to win this. It means an awful lot to our country. But again, more than anything, I've said it before, Lovie Smith and I, not only the first two African-Americans, but Christian coaches, showing that you can win doing it the Lord's way. We're more proud of that.
Do not expect to hear more of this from our media; they will continue ot go on and on about Lovie Smith and Tony Dungy being black.

In the end, what does it matter? This does not help foster a color blind society. Dungy and Smith did not deserve to be in the Super Bowl because they were black; they deserved to be there because they built strong teams and proved themselves to be good leaders. And more so, they relied on God to guide their decisions and judgments, and while only one team could win it all, God blessed both coaches for their faith, not for the color of their skin.

It is true; we have a long way to go when it comes to race relations; but I believe that blacks have just as much responsibility as whites to break down the divide. Marking every thing that a black person does for the first time cannot help that.