When You Say My Race is ‘Disproportionately Affected’ by Something, This is What I Hear

Save the pity party for your own agenda.

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Hispanics in the NFL

There weren’t many Hispanic quarterbacks in the NFL in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s (Joe Kapp, known as The Toughest Chicano, played before my time as a football fan, and Tom Flores and Jim Plunkett were with the hated Oakland Raiders.)

I suspect the intent of pointing out where Hispanics are disproportionately affected is meant to call out society to champion some movement for equity.

It could have been that me, at age 11, was a goofy, nerdy kid who loved to play football at recess but was horrible at it, probably because I was thinking about dinosaurs and Star Wars.

Enter New Buzz Word: “Disproportionately Affected”

Around election time — and honestly, several times a week since Donald Trump became President — I’ve heard reports, mostly on NPR, but everywhere, really, about this or the other affecting my people disproportionately: Poverty, crime, lack of education, even coronavirus.

We’ve Got This

My 20-year-old daughter — with half Hispanic heritage — plays college soccer. During a recent match, against a much bigger school, an opponent fouled her hard from behind — then offered a helping hand up.

Maybe it’s meant to be a rallying cry, a leftist caucasian lifted fist, a sign of solidarity against The Man. You’re our amigos, right?

It began when I saw the Cincinnati Bengals draft a mountain of an hombre named Anthony Munoz, with the third overall pick in the 1980 NFL Draft, out of the University of Southern California. This guy with the same hair and skin tone as me brought the name Munoz into the NFL.

Finding Pride in My Heritage

Munoz’s hall of fame career, much like Rita Moreno’s rising star in the 60s was to my parents’ generation, with West Side Story, represented a milestone. Or how Cesar Chavez worked hard just working hard, and leading by example the push for Latin American and Working American rights — kind of under the radar, did.

Coach, father, writer — sometimes all at once. Writes content for the 💸 by day, writes blogs for the 😍 by night. coachdaddyblog.wordpress.com

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