Aren’t Hispanics Minorities?

Coaching Changes USA TodayLast time I checked I could have sworn that Hispanics were a minority and our government says that they are as well according to the U.S. Census Bureau. But yet the USA Today doesn’t think so. I pick up their newspaper every week and because of my love for college football I pay close attention to the stories surrounding college football. I noticed that they have a graphic listing coaching changes, which I posted here, and I was happy to see the line with Michigan and how they have hired Rich Rodriguez to replace Lloyd Carr.

Then I noticed an asterisk (*) next to some of the names and so I looked down at the bottom of the page. The asterisk denotes minority coaches, but there was no asterisk by Rich’s name. They had one by Karl Dorrell, Kevin Sumlin, and Ken Niumatalolo. Karl and Kevin are both African American, and Ken is American Samoan. At first I thought that they only noted African American minorities, but they did include an American Samoan.

I just do not understand why they would not include a Hispanic coach, especially since there are only two Hispanic head coaches in college football. Is this not in essence racism against the Hispanic community brought on by the African American community courtesy of the Black Coaches association? Shouldn’t the USA Today change their chart and make it say “*black” instead of “*minority” if they aren’t going to include all minorities? Honestly, it is really sad.

But I do want to give a big hand to Ken Niumatalolo for becoming the first American Samoan to become a head coach in football. That is really cool and I hope you have great success at Navy.

I have sent a letter to the USA Today pointing out this error. If I get a response, I will post it here.

I am a follower of Jesus, a husband to Kim, father to Hannah & Caleb, and the connections pastor at The River Church. The thoughts expressed here are my own and not The River Church's.

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