First, good post ColoradoVike. It is very important to note that any correlations we derive from past and present statistics do not imply any causation. All we can say in definite is that there are, in fact, more white coaches than any other ethnic group. There are many reasons that may have contributed to this, including everything from racism to cultural interest to simple chance.
Vikesfan, it is hard to say that the NFL is racist toward white football players because racism is defined at a social level, and it is dependant on the majority ethnicity of the people with the power in the social level. Basically (very basically), racism happens when the people with the power discriminate against a particular ethnic group because of their ethnicity. Because the power structure in the NFL ownership and coaches is primarily white, racism against white football players is kind of an oxymoron.
Very well put, I agree, but if you read alot of these articles, that is all they are saying. That there was 10 head coaching vacancies this year, and not one minority got hired. It is all just crap, I am sure there are racism issues in the NFL, but it is not how they are portraying it...
This isn't to say that prejudices don't exist against white football players, or black coaches, or Asian hockey players, etc... Prejudice is an individual characteristic, and it is prevalent in every sex, ethnic group, social status, and religion. I am sure that some coach somewhere has believed that Player X is not as good of a player as Player Y because X is white and Y is black. But I doubt that it is a issue of concern NFL wide.
(Before someone brings it upÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ yes, some people do refer to something called Ã¢â‚¬ËœReverse RacismÃ¢â‚¬â„¢, but that is really a misnomer. What people are normally referring to is an illegal act of discrimination against a white person by a minority. It does happen, it is wrong, and it is serious. But it doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t fit the criteria for racism. It is better labeled discrimination.)