I don't prescribe to the Orwellian Thought Crime of subconscious bias. I'm not going to judge people by their thoughts.Yogi da Bear wrote: ↑Thu Jun 03, 2021 8:05 pmThere's a difference between racism and racial bias. Racism is intentional--"I'm not taking that player because he's back." Racial bias involves more subconscious determinations, ones where the person doesn't even realize that he's carrying such a bias. I think that might have something to do with Pace's Trubisky decision. There's was no reason whatsoever that Mitchell should have been considered a better prospect than either Mahomes or Watson, particularly Mahomes, but Pace actually traded up to insure he got him. Hard to explain that one.The Marshall Plan wrote: ↑Thu Jun 03, 2021 2:22 pm 2) Ryan Pace drafting Mitch was not an act of racism. Mitch was taken for a couple of reasons. I think he reminded Pace of Drew Brees. Pace also did not have a trusted cabinet of people around him to help make a qualified selection. Fox was on the way out. Therefore Loggains was too. Now compare that to Nagy and Flip. While I have my issues with Nagy, he and Flip are night and day v Fox and Loggains as advisors that Pace could trust with drafting a QB for the modern NFL.
The McCaskeys do not strike me as racist. With all the legendary black players they'd had over the years how could they be? The one caution I'd say, and correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think there's a black guy in a prominent role in that front office
As to the McCaskeys, we shouldn't forget that the Bears drafted and started Vince Evans back in the seventies. Although Papa Bear was still alive and active back then as was George Jr., so hard to say what kind of voice the McCaskeys would have had. Probably not much.
Also. Just because you've only done it with girls doesn't make you a homophobe. Just because you've only dated white women doesn't make you a racist.
Ryan Pace has shown other actions that proves to me that he doesn't care about skin color. The Mack trade and subsequent contract. EJax got paid. I'm sure he'd love to pay ARob right now, but we've got cap issues.
Please don't think I'm defending selecting Mitch, but there were reasons at the time. Mitch was ranked high on a lot of people's boards. Not just Pace. There were questions about Watson's durability because of his frame. Now with the alleged Hand Job Gate, did the scouts learn something about Watson's alleged promiscuity?
I mean, was Pace really so biased that not only did he draft Mitch, but he spent draft picks to trade up for him when all three were on the board. Besides taking Mitch, do we have any other examples of such behavior? I can't think of a prominent one.
To offset the Mitch pick, Pace paid more to draft Fields, so to me the bias thing doesn't make sense.