Texas superintendent: You can't count on a black QB

Paola Ditto
Settembre 19, 2018

The Onalaska ISD school board will discuss Superintendent Lynn Redden's contract during a closed meeting Saturday after Redden said "you can't trust a black quarterback" in a Facebook comment this week.

Redden raised eyebrows Monday when he left the remark in the Facebook comments section of a Chron.com article about the Texans' 20-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. "When you need precision decision making you can't count on a black quarterback".

Redden told Chron.com that he thought he was responding to a private message from a friend and did not know his comment had been posted publicly.

Redden said he did not intend to make a racist comment but was simply pointing out the history of black quarterbacks in the NFL.

Historically, black athletes were given very limited opportunities to play quarterback in the National Football League until the late 1980s, when the position began to become more integrated. Nine games into his career (eight starts), the quarterback has completed 61 percent of his pass attempts.

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Russell Wilson became the second black quarterback to lead his team to a Super Bowl victory in 2014, when he did so for the Seattle Seahawks.

Ericksen said he did not have children in Ledden's school district, but he wanted to shine a light on what he feels was a blatantly racist comment.

"It's important to make sure frightful words are met with consequences, especially for those in powerful positions with influence", reader Matt Erickson told the newspaper.

"But while you're playing ... you can sit back and sit in your seats and say that I needed to throw the ball away", Watson said.

Coach Bill O'Brien instead took most of the blame.

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