Fischer DeBerry’s comments bring many wide ranging issues to the forefront. Let me address a few of them. There is no question that the comment is totally inappropriate, racist and wrong. The issue is that the Air Force Academy is lacing athletes and they need to recruit better athletes. If those athletes happen to be black then they are the best choice. If you have any doubt about the comment change the word athlete and use doctor, president, lawyer or teacher. Then play around with changing white and black.
With that clarified here are the other issues that jump forward.
1) How much does a body of work count? In other words, how much does one comment outweigh his actions of the past two decades?
2) What was he really saying? If he is venturing down the awful road of we can’t get these guys into school then it is a more significant issue.
3) Is it worse that he clearly had no idea that what he said was wrong? Or is it a sign of innocence?