CNN Stereotypes Multiracial Quarterbacks in Story


CNN published an article titled “The NFL is confronting racism, but are Black quarterbacks continuing to be stereotyped?” In the story, CNN reported this: “For quarterbacks who threw for more than 3,000 yards in 2019, three of the top four — as ranked by passer rating– were Black: Mahomes, Lamar Jackson and Russell Wilson.” What? Mahomes and Wilson are multiracial. Mahomes’ father is Black and his mother is White, while Wilson is 62% African, 36% European, 1% West Asian, and 1% Central Asian.

It’s almost funny that CNN would publish an article on racial stereotypes and use Black instead of biracial or multiracial for two of its subjects. But it’s not funny. We thought there was hope for journalists reporting on the NFL to “get it” after Colin Kaepernick. Apparently, we were wrong. The media and CNN have to stop discriminating.

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