Update (September 23, 2018): The Texas school superintendent who wrote "you can't count on a black quarterback," referencing Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, has resigned from his post, following a social media maelstrom.
Lynn Redden, who served as the Onalaska Independent School District superintendent, initially apologized for his racially charged Facebook post lambasting the Texans for losing two close games to the New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans, respectively. However, the apology wasn't enough. ESPN reports the school board held a meeting September 22, 2018 and Redden's resignation soon followed.
Original: Like clockwork, an apology that could have altogether been avoided by not being racist has been issued. Texas school superintendent Lynn Redden says he "totally regrets" his commentary on Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, saying “you can’t count on a black quarterback.”
KansasCity.com reports the Onalaska ISD superintendent thought he was replying to a private message, but instead made a public comment on the Houston Chronicle Facebook page.
"That may have been the most inept quarterback decision I've seen in the NFL," he wrote. "When you need precision decision making you can't count on a black quarterback."
He, of course, deleted the comment upon realizing it was a public post, but told the publication that he "wishes it had never been posted.”
The comment referenced the last play of Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans in which quarterback Deshaun Watson held the ball as the final seconds ticked off the clock. While Redden says he understands how the post could be interpreted as racist, he alleges he was referring to the lack of statistical success of black quarterbacks in the NFL.
Washington Redskins quarterback Doug Williams was the first black quarterback to play in a Super Bowl and lead the team to victory in Super Bowl XXII. His win is credited with helping to debunk the stereotypes surrounding black quarterbacks. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson became the second black quarterback to lead his team to a Super Bowl win in 2013.
On Monday, Redden said he had not faced any repercussions and hoped that none of the 1,020 children who attend Onalaska ISD saw it. However, resident Matt Ericksen, who provided screenshots of the post, told the Chronicle while he doesn't have children in the district, he still wants to bring what he feels was a blatantly racist comment to the forefront.
"It's important to make sure horrible words are met with consequences, especially for those in powerful positions with influence," Ericksen said.
The school district has since issued a statement saying "the OISD does not condone negative comments or actions against any race. The district values every individual and therefore the district will take the appropriate measures to address the situation expeditiously and completely."
Another great black quarterback is Colin Kaepernick, and every day, we're reminded why he kneeled.
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