ONE FAN'S FIGHT

Allen Jones has lived in San Francisco since 1960.

In the course of his activism on other matters concerning San Francisco, Jones noticed and was surprised, as a 49er fan to hear that in December 2011, the NFL had loaned the San Francisco 49ers $200 million to build a new stadium 35 miles south of San Francisco.

Aware of the NFL’s "Commitment to the Community Letter" dated June 15, 2011 made it even harder to believe. But business is business. However, loaning the 49ers money to leave the community that supported the team for the last 40 years of the team's 60 plus year in San Francisco, was “Blatant hypocrisy” as Jones saw it.

Looking into the matter further, Jones discovered blatant hypocrisy also by the 49ers and city officials of San Francisco concerning the 49er departure. That has caused him to revolt.

In respect for the struggling Bayview Hunters Point where Candlestick Park is located and respect for the name San Francisco, Jones felt the duty to fight back. 

Friday
Sep192014

Color Blind NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

 As much as I hate agreeing with Rev Jesse Jackson, I applaud Jackson for blasting Commissioner Roger Goodell.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appointed three qualified experts to address issues of domestic violence, stemming from the league’s domestic violence scandal. The following day, Jackson called out the NFL and Goodell as “shameful insensitivity” for how it went about hiring These women to help it navigate through its domestic violence scandal.

Of the three women hired Lisa Friel, Jane Randel and Rita Smith as “senior advisers” Jackson points out that neither is a Black person. However, Deana Garner, the current director of player engagement and education for the NFL on domestic violence is a Black woman.

In a day and age where people are being re-programed to be “Color blind”, I see Jackson’s criticism as on point. I do not subscribed to the belief that we should be a color blind society. And before some suggest Jackson put his foot in his mouth, not knowing of Garner was Black, I say Jackson acted as most Blacks would on seeing the three latest hires by Goodell.

If the first thing you don’t see when Goodell announced his panel was a Black person, it is a natural reaction to say, “Hey, wait a minute…”

I can imagine Roger Goodell is color blind on race. Therefore it would be reasonable for him to say, “I never thought of race when I was looking for the best qualified people to help on the subject of domestic violence.”

That is the problem. Goodell should have thought of adding another Black woman in this matter. If Goodell had appointed all Black women, I would bet a similar response of, “Hey, wait a minute…” from non Blacks.

I do not believe you can promote diversity and color blindness in the same society. Diversity among the races in America should always be promoted. To suggest that we as a society be colored blind (not seeing race) is unrealistic.

The moment I stepped onto a car lot to buy a new car, I looked for a Black sales person. If I was Hispanic, I would have preferred a Hispanic. If I was Asian, I would have preferred an Asian. Diversity is good for business.

If I go to a Chinese restaurant, I might smile at the site of a Black waiter but I would be more impressed if he/she spoke Chinese. However, to expect to see a Black person as an employee in a Chinese restaurant is not realistic. Don’t get me wrong, I get great soul food from a San Francisco restaurant owned by Asians.

On the other hand, being blind to color depreciates the beauty of the various races, not to mention also a cop out.

Whites, embarrassed about past tensions with Blacks in America, dream of the day they can bury the past. So to promote a color blind society in my opinion is just another slick trick to move forward without solving the problem.

If the NFL had thought of diversity, it would not have selected a place like San Francisco to host the 2016 Super Bowl. San Francisco has been called “The most liberal city in America” but its treatment of its own Black community is a long and shameful big secret. In the last ten years along, more than 12,000 blacks have moved out due to discrimination and marginalization. While many claim economics have driven Blacks out, others retort, if you cannot get hired, or you can only go so high at your job as a Black person of course that will affect your economics.

Even a month before San Francisco was selected to be “Host City” of that Super Bowl in May of 2013, the city agreed in April of 2013 to pay a former Black staffer of the SF Human Rights Commission, $210,000.00 to settle a race based discrimination matter. The defended was technically The City. But the discrimination was perpetrated by a White executive director of this city agency, which was created for the purpose of fighting against discrimination of Blacks in San Francisco.

The San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce’s announced January 2014 boycott of the city’s travel and tourism industry due to how it was being treated by the city continues to be a hidden secret of SF City Hall. If the NFL knew that Blacks were not respected in San Francisco, how with its moral high ground stand could the NFL choose San Francisco as the best place to be to promote diversity or color blind NFL.

Those quick to criticize Jackson for interjecting race in the matter of their domestic violence scandal, I hear you. I am one of Rev. Jackson’s biggest critics but sometimes, when he’s wrong. Speaking up before he knew there was a Black woman working for the NFL on domestic violence was wrong.

However, Jackson is not fooled by the perception that because the league boasts of almost 70% Blacks who actually play in the NFL, no way does that mean we should turn a blind eye to the continued slights by the NFL in other areas of the National Football League that concern Blacks.
Monday
Aug182014

City Hall, SF Chronicle Pandering driving SF Blacks Out!

It is okay for Mayor Ed Lee to sign a letter urging SF Arch Bishop Salvatore Cordileone not to attend the D.C. rally in support of "Traditional marriage." It is also okay for SF Chronicle columnist C.W. Nevius to amen it by saying at the end of his June 18, 2014 column: "Time for Cordileone to move on from San Francisco."

We cannot forget that it was applauded when Mayor Ed Lee told Chick-fil-A that it was not welcome because of its alleged intolerence as reported. SFGate.com inside scoop

Executive Director of the SF Human Rights Commission, transgender Theresa Sparks cost the city $210,000 for discriminating against a now former Black male staffer. The City stands in support of this person by the mere fact that she has had two SF Human Rights Commission performance reviews and this issue is not even given as much as a slap on the wrist.

The reason the discrimination by Theresa Sparks has been swept under the rug in my opinion is, City Hall and the SF Chronicle panders to the LGBT community.