Dallas sportscaster Dale Hansen slams white privilege in the NFL
This week, the Arizona Cardinals hired Kliff Kingsbury, the 39-year-old former Texas Tech coach who was recently fired after six seasons and a 35-40 record, including three straight losing seasons.
Like for many fans — they were also stunned that Kingsbury last only a few weeks as USC’s offensive coordinator — Dallas WFAA sportscaster Dale Hansen was surprised by the Cardinals’ coaching hire and criticized it.
As Hansen explicitly says on the ABC affiliate station, it is not because Kingsbury was fired and is now being given a second chance. His outrage and shock echos that of countless fans who have pointed out the lack of diversity among NFL coaches, specifically that white privilege enables less accomplished white coaches to be elevated over coaches of color with stronger resumes.
.@dalehansen goes Unplugged: "Kingsbury fits all the criteria to be a head coach in the NFL: He's an offensive genius, he's young — and he's white, and not necessarily in that order." https://t.co/Cv8HleHac5 pic.twitter.com/J4ixZIURM9
— WFAA (@wfaa) January 10, 2019
While admonishing the NFL for consistently overlooking coaches of color or being too quick to fire them compared with their white counterparts — he takes a shot at Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett — Hansen recognizes his own white privilege and argues for an end to the obvious double standard.
“Kingsbury fits all the criteria to be a head coach in the NFL: He’s an offensive genius, he’s young — and he’s white, and not necessarily in that order.
“There have been six new coaches hired so far, all white and two coaches of color. They are replacing Steve Wilks, fired in Arizona after just one year, Vance Joseph in Denver after just two. The Cowboys coach Jason Garrett is in his ninth year — apparently because he wins so much.
“A lot of people don’t understand how Kingsbury can have a losing record at Texas Tech, no NFL experience, and get one of the 32 NFL jobs. But getting fired at Tech doesn’t eliminate him from moving up — at least it doesn’t to me. I’ve had 11 jobs in my life, been fired from eight of them, and moved up every time. And I am arrogant enough to tell you I think Channel 8 was right to give me another chance. But I am the product of white privilege in America, and I’ve never denied that I wasn’t, either. If they made a poster, my picture should be on it.
“Getting fired at one place and getting another chance isn’t the problem. But young talented coaches of color not getting the chance — that’s a huge problem. The covert racism of the NFL ownership group was so bad, the NFL had to make a rule so that minority coaches could at least get an interview.
“Cowboys secondary coach Kris Richard has been interviewed, and there are reports saying he might get the Miami job. After what he’s done with this Cowboys defense, how could he not? Unless it is true what black parents have been telling their children for decades now: You have to be twice as good to go half as far. I dream of the day when those parents are wrong, because now, they’re not.”
Hansen isn’t one to keep his thoughts to himself and has previously taken strong stances against things like Jerry Jones’ hypocritical national anthem policy and defended peaceful protests in the league.