Jeff Meyer · Friday June 7, 2013
Hey, I’d let it drop if they would but they won’t so I feel there is a need for a dissenting opinion. What am I talking about, you ask? NASCAR’s Drive for Racism…I mean Diversity. You want to join? Here’s how…
Search Underway For 2014 NASCAR Drive For Diversity Candidates: Applications are being accepted online for the NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D) Combine until Aug. 26. To access the application, please visit revracing.net/combine-application. The application for the annual Combine is the first phase of the selection process for the NASCAR D4D program. The Combine evaluation process consists of five elements: physical fitness, driver resume, media aptitude, driver communications/knowledge and driving skills on and off track. Applicants must be between the ages of 15 and 26 as of Oct. 15, and must be a member of an ethnic minority classification or a female of U.S. citizenship. Those who are legally allowed to work in the U.S. can apply to participate in the Combine as well.(NASCAR)(6-5-2013)
Before I go any further, let me say this; I swear, when I first saw this the other day, it was longer. Now I could be mistaken, but I could have sworn there was a bit in there about how the D4D program was vitally important to providing top notch drivers for the next generation of Cup Series drivers. A quote by so and so and a few other tidbits were also in there but dang, do you think I could find it now? NO! I guess I should have copied it then, before it was censored. Again, I may be wrong but I distinctly remember how I was going to use said quotes and info and thinking I had a couple of days to formulate my thoughts in my head. We may never know, but anyway, let me throw a few thoughts out there…
Search Underway For 2014 NBA Drive For Diversity Candidates: Applications are being accepted online for the NBA Drive 4 Diversity (D4D) Combine until Aug. 26. The application for the annual Combine is the first phase of the selection process for the NBA D4D program. The Combine evaluation process consists of five elements: physical fitness, player resume, media aptitude, player communications/knowledge and ball handling skills on and off court. Applicants must be between the ages of 15 and 26 as of Oct. 15, and must be a member of a white classification or a female of U.S. citizenship. Those who are legally allowed to work in the U.S. can apply to participate in the Combine as well.(NASCAR)(6-5-2013)
Gee, wouldn’t that cause an uproar! Or how about a drive for less Latino/Cuban/Puerto Rican in Major League Baseball?
My point is, once again, if you actively set restrictions for applicants based on race, is that not racist?
A couple of weeks ago when I wrote on this subject, a man calling himself ‘the smartest guy in the room’ and who happened to be a minority, made some very good points in the comment section but he too, in my opinion failed to get the main point. He said in part…
“I believe to an extent that you are missing the point, perhaps intentionally. Whites have always had advantages others have not. History lesson, the founding fathers were all Anglo. As far as I know, blacks never owned whites as slaves, and whites never had to sit at the back of a bus in the south. These are facts, not rumors, conjecture or innuendo. What does this have to do with your post? Indirectly, your belief is you and other whites are being “discriminated” against. My belief, as a multiracial American: welcome to my world. I don’t share nor agree with your beliefs. I don’t have a problem with people getting advantages that they may not have had because of their backgrounds if it means leveling an unequal playing field, up to a point.”
“I hear what you are saying and you make an eloquent argument…however..
Maybe sometime in the past some of my kin owned some of your kin, I don’t know. Maybe my granddad got to sit where ever he wanted while you’re granddad had to sit in the back of the same bus, I don’t know. The point is, it is in the PAST! It didn’t affect you, and it doesn’t affect me. As a white anglo, I refuse to be held accountable for the sins of white anglo past.
Those wrongs have been righted by the blood and/or determination of possibly both our kin.
I don’t care if you are black, white, yellow, red, green or purple…just be a MAN/PERSON and get over it already.
Stand tall and even with me and lets just be people!
As always, I truly appreciate your feedback and the fact that you did it in a tactful manner and not filled with hate and or rhetoric. Thanks for being a fan!”
The more I got to thinking about all this, I remembered a kid I met a few years ago who, at the age of 14, had some serious racing skills and was winning in almost everything he raced in. His family threw everything they had into furthering his career and damn near (maybe they did) went bankrupt to no avail. This kid is now 19 years old and yes, still white! Where is his shot? Not all families got the money like Busch’s, or Johnson’s or a host of other famous NASCAR stars now driving in the Cup Series. Why doesn’t this kid get a break? Simply because he is poor and white!
In this article, I’ve made some remarks tying blacks to basketball and latinos to baseball. Those are just generalities and used to make a point but we all know what the point is if you watch any professional sports at all. Count the white guys on the court at any given time…but do we try to do anything about it? NO. And we shouldn’t either!
I once wrote something to the effect of “hey, excuse me all to hell if stockcar racing happens to be a predominantly white sport!” I still stand by that and just because the sport I like happens to be mostly white, I refuse to apologize for being white.
This sport is wrong for trying to bring in participants solely based on their skin color or gender and as long as they keep advertising that practice, I will be here to rail against it.
Stay off the wall,
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