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This website is dedicated to the life and work of the late Bayard Rustin.

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"We need in every community a group of angelic troublemakers." --Bayard Rustin--

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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. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell promised to support communities that support the NFL. But six months later, in December 2011, the NFL owners voted to loan the 49ers $200 million to leave the Black community of San Francisco that had supported the team for the last 40 years of the team's 67 years being in the city.

Jones firmly believes any sports team has the right to take its business anywhere it can make the most profit. However, there is a right way to leave and a wrong way to leave. Jones believes something was seriouly wrong with how the team moved away from San francisco's struggling Black community.

Looking into the matter further, Jones discovered more blatant hypocrisy by elected city officials of San Francisco concerning the 49er departure. That has caused Jones to revolt as a fan of not only the 49ers but also as a fan of "Everyone's favorite city."

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

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This site was created for the purpose of chronicling racism as viewed by its creator, of, the SF 49ers owner Denise York's now successful relocating of the team out of San Francisco. SF 49er Fan Revolt will continue to track racism on this same site as perpetrated by San Francisco City Hall, until major changes occur in policy decisions that affect the SF Black community.

 

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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.

Reader Comments (1)

Do you not realize that all you are doing is continuing to push racial division and in fact promoting it?

You state Goodell only hired white people and that's wrong, you say they should have hired a black person, and yet, in your example that when you go into car dealership you will look for a black sales-person talk to. So there is something wrong with the first half of that statement, but not the second? You cant have it both ways. You cant call racism and then turn around and do the same thing and it not be racist just because you are black. Or how about this..

The NFL athletes, like you stated, is 70% black people. Is that racist or are they just better athletes? Goodell hires three white people - is it possible that maybe they were the three most qualified who applied?

There is a huge difference between diversity and division and you can be colorblind and still appreciate beauty in diversity. Colorblind is about accepting people as they are equally - they are people. Diversity is celebrating the uniqueness of a person or culture.

As for the - "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." - I'm not embarrassed for anything, I didn't do anything to you or your ancestors. I have never treated a person poorly because of the color of their skin, I have never chosen to go to a white person over a black person to talk to. But because I am white that means by default I'm at fault, or at least have to take partial blame? I'm just gonna go ahead and call B.S. on that.

Now, I'm not saying racism doesn't exist, comb thru the internet and you can find it everywhere, coming from every race of people towards another. But take a long hard look in the mirror, rewrite your blog and replace "black" with "white" and vice verse and see if this blog would come across as racist to you.

November 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterThis Is Rediculious

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