If you’re fast, you’re black. If you’re black, you’re fast. Does that make sense?
It does in the football world of Air Force coach Fischer DeBerry.
Ten days ago, in discussing last weekend’s 48-10 loss to TCU, DeBerry said it was clear TCU “had a lot more Afro-American players than we did and they ran a lot faster than we did.”
“It just seems to me to be that way. Afro-American kids can run very well. That doesn’t mean that Caucasian kids and other descents can't run, but it's very obvious to me that they run extremely well.”
DeBerry first discussed the topic Monday, telling The Gazette of Colorado Springs the Academy needed to recruit faster players and noting “you don't see many minority athletes in our program.”
While DeBerry’s words weren’t quite as offensive as Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder’s remarks on black football players’ thighs prior to Super Bowl XXII and his “how the strongest black buck was mated with the sturdiest black woman” sermon that cost him his gig at CBS, the comments should be offensive to any normal-thinking American.
If you think DeBerry’s remarks are frightening, here are a few posts on RightNation.com, which calls itself “America's No. 1 Conservative Community.”
“I remember the comments Jimmy the Greek made. Personally, I wasn't offended; I thought they were hilarious. As for DeBerry, he was making an observation, not a blanket racist statement. It wasn't like he said that black kids have athletic capabilities but don't have the intelligence to do other things or similar comments to that effect.”
“How many running backs are black? How many are white? How many are Asians? How many are Latino? Maybe we could find the truth/falsehood of his statement by finding out those figures?”
“Fischer DeBerry is a class act. I think it's disgusting that the media is jumping all over him. I think it has to do more with the fact that this guy is a Christian than anything they found offensive.”
“Well, according to the Political Correctness police, even positive things like ‘Asians are hardworking’ are stereotypes to be avoided. Yeah, (negative comments about DeBerry) make no sense to me either.”
At least DeBerry had the good sense to say “I’m sorry.”
“I have made a mistake, and I ask for everyone’s forgiveness. I regret these statements, and I sincerely hope they will not reflect negatively toward the academy or our coaches or our players, and I thank the administration for the opportunity to make this apology.”