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NFL Accused of Racially Discriminating Against Ex-Players in Brain Damage Settlement Payouts

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The National Football League is either the latest publicized culprit of racism, or the victim of racist accusations. The Hill reports, “the NFL is coming under growing pressure from critics who say its landmark concussion settlement treats ex-players differently based on race, making it more difficult for Black retirees to get payouts.”

The critics say the settlement is inherently a form of systemic racism because it “uses race-based criteria for neuropsychologists to assess whether Black and white former players have valid dementia-related claims stemming from their football careers.”

The criteria in question is “the concept of using different statistical curves based on race, known as ‘race-norming” reports The Hill, which says is “inherently controversial.” “Race-norming” and the Attorney who negotiated the settlement for the roughly 20,000 ex-players in the class-action lawsuit, Christopher Seeger, is also facing criticism for how the payouts are being distributed.

Over 50,000 people signed an online petition to have U.S. District Judge Anita Brody, who presided over the settlement, select a new attorney to represent the players, of which about 70 percent are Black.

The estimated $1 billion 2015 court-approved settlement has “paid around $800 million in claims so far” and the payments range from “around $27,000 up to $5.3 million, depending on a retiree’s age and degree of impairment” according to The Hill.

Seeger told The Hill earlier this week that race-norming has been used for decades. However, he added that he is continuing to investigate whether former players have “been disadvantaged in any way by the application of race norms.”

“Moving forward, we are focused on eliminating the use of demographic norms that adjust for race, and putting into place purely race-neutral demographic norms” added Seeger. The NFL has declared there is “no merit” to charges of racial discrimination in the payouts.

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  1. Ginger

    May 15, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    It just never ends. Players willingly go into a career that they KNOW is INHERENTLY dangerous and could leave them with either career ending injuries and/or subject to medical conditions post career. They are paid 100s of millions of dollars and live lives of luxury all while knowing that the onset of certain afflictions is a possibility and they can get paid for it. 70 PERCENT of players are black yet they are being discriminated against? Give me a break, I’m sick of it.

  2. WILLIAM FLYNN

    May 16, 2021 at 8:32 am

    Looks like the “lawyer” is more of an ambulance chaser than anything else. Bigger payouts………More money in his pocket. Race has NOTHING to do with it ! Payouts are based on the degree of damage suffered.

  3. Charles C Baldwin

    May 16, 2021 at 3:17 pm

    “Race norming” is based on blacks having lower IQs and poorer neuropsychiatric function than whites and others. This difference is probably even greater among NFL football players. If the NFL buckles on this it is just another example of their anti-white, pro black racism.

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Democrats Introduce ‘Transgender Bill Of Rights’

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On Tuesday, House Democrats introduced a “Transgender Bill of Rights” to “protect and codify the rights of transgender and nonbinary people under the law and ensure their access to medical care, shelter, safety, and economic security.”

Led by Democrat Reps. Pramila Jayapal (WA), David Cicilline (RI), Marie Newman (IL), Mark Takano (CA), and Ritchie Torres (NY), HR 1209 proposes “amending the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, including gender identity and sex characteristics in public accommodations and federally funded programs and activities.”

“As we witness Republicans and an extremist Supreme Court attack and roll back the fundamental rights of trans people across our country, and as state legislatures across the country target our trans community with hateful, bigoted, and transphobic attacks, we are standing up and saying enough is enough,” said Jayapal, the chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and co-chair of the Transgender Equality Task Force.

“Our Trans Bill of Rights says clearly to the trans community across the country that we see you and we will stand with you to ensure you are protected and given the dignity and respect that every person should have,” Jayapal added.

The bill seeks to increase the ability of children to get permanent and life changing surgeries by “eliminating unnecessary governmental restrictions on the provision of, and access to, gender-affirming medical care and counseling for transgender and nonbinary adults, adolescents, and children.”

The bill will additionally ensure that biological male students are allowed to compete in girls’ sports by amending federal “education laws to ensure that they protect students from discrimination based on sex, including gender identity and sex characteristics, and guarantee students’ right to participate in sports on teams that best align with their gender identity.”

Federal education laws will also be amended to allow students to :use school facilities that best align with their gender identity,” meaning that biological males would be allowed to use girls’ restrooms and locker rooms.

The bill expands beyond “transgender rights” to also ban states from making laws restricting abortion by “codifying the right to abortion.”

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