You see, Savannah State is a historically African-American college. Former head coach Robby Wells asserts he was forced to resign because he's white.
Wells was the first white head coach hired in school history. Wells said of the football program, "It was in shambles."
Before Wells was hired Savannah State hadn't sniffed a winning season since 1999. In the beginning Wells was pleased to be in Savannah. He really felt comfortable and felt he could turn the team around. Wells asserted, "They rolled out the red carpet for me."
Wells' team tallied a 5-7 record during his first year and everyone was very optimistic.
Suddenly going into the second season things began to change. Wells started a weekly television show about the football program all on his own. His cohort on the show was his fiancé who is African-American.
Wells alleges the administration informed him his days could be numbered and he wouldn't be embraced in the community by having his fiancé on the show who didn't have a lot of television experience. Wells said he was told, "You'll never be able to reach the people of Savannah because you are white and your fiancé is black."
Wells' team faltered during the second year going 2-10. Such a dismal record didn't help his case in trying to keep his job.
Wells met with the administration twice regarding the state of the football program before he was finally forced to resign in late January. The administration asserted Wells wasn't fired because of race but because of possible NCAA infractions.
It was asserted by the administration they were aware of possible NCAA infractions but they weren't tied directly to Wells.
Wells suggests he was told to resign or be fired. He believes he was forced out because he was white and his fiancé was African-American. Wells said the administration, "tried to shift the focus from what this is really about."
Apparently from Wells standpoint it was about him being white and his fiancé being African-American.
According the ESPN report Wells intends to sue the university. He stated, "Somebody has gotta stand up for what's right."
Is there really such a thing as reverse racism?
The short answer is no and here's why.
If all the assertions to the story are true, it's very unfortunate to say the least. Racism in any form is not right. But this isn't a case of racism.
My take on the Wells situation is race possibly played a factor but I cannot vehemently assert Wells was a victim of racism. Racism is a diabolical disease where economic, political, judicial and social powers are in the hands of a select group. Those who control the latter utilize their stature to oppress others.
The consummate example of racism would be the rise of American slavery. A select group of individuals and groups controlled others by way of dominating the economics, politics, legislation and socialization of this country.
Race appeared to factor in when Wells and his fiancé appeared on the television show together. From that point he seemingly fell out of favor with the Savannah State administration and reasons were manufactured to force Wells out.
Savannah State doesn't have the capacity to exude racism in its purest form yet it has the capacity to possibly discriminate. Everyone has the capacity discriminate because it has to do with choice. Racism on the other and has to do with aggregate power and control.
If anything Wells was a possible victim of discrimination. But discrimination is a mere component of racism.
Based on the historical development of this country and the definition of racism Savannah State cannot be characterized as racist. Could they have discriminated?
Yes, but they are certainly not racist.
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