Yesterday, the 2022 NFL Draft started. It’s supposed to be a night where the hard work of hundreds of young men comes to fruition, when dreams are realized and families rejoice as those young men embark on the next chapter of their careers.
But all Andscape could focus on was the hopes that one specific quarterback would be drafted to keep a race quota going.
Malik Willis, a Liberty University quarterback prospect was expected to be selected in the first round. However, he did not hear his name called. In anticipation of the draft, Andscape reported that Malik Willis, a Liberty University quarterback prospect, was not drafted. Jason Reid was more focused on Willis’ skin color than anything else. This isn’t surprising coming from a guy who will have a book coming out in August titled, “Rise of the Black Quarterback: What it Means for America.”
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“… if Willis, who rose to prominence as a top draft prospect while staring at Liberty University, is selected among the first 32 picks in the 87th NFL draft, it would mark the first time in league history that at least one Black signal-caller was chosen in the opening round in six consecutive years,” Reid wrote. “The improved standing of top Black quarterbacks who enter the draft after completing decorated careers in college is yet another example of the rise of Black passers in the sport overall.”
The streak was ended but the inconsequential, irrelevant streak is still there. This stat would be something only the race-obsessed would ever notice or waste time on.
That the NFL objectively had a history of thinking that black men are incapable of playing quarterback, but that idiocy was long ago kicked to the curb.
Black quarterbacks, for those who care, are among the biggest stars in the league. Lamar Jackson (Patrick Mahomes), Russell Wilson, Kyler, Murray, and many others have taken over the league. No one can doubt their worth or ability to play this role. And there have been dozens of others. Yet somehow, we still see articles like this pop up claiming that it’s not enough to go correct an old narrative.
A black quarterback was not drafted in the first round last night (Kenny Pickett of the University of Pittsburgh was the only quarterback drafted on day one), but having more black gunslingers drafted in the first round does not make them more valuable. It doesn’t matter how many people see the world this way. They will always live in a world filled with stupidity.