I think if someone wanted to argue racism in the CFL when it came to players, they’d have a tough time, at least on the basis of the past 50 years or so. But this being a thread about head coaches, I’ll focus on that.
Someone would have a much easier time making the same claim about coaches, given the small number of black head coaches compared to the relatively large number of black players.
I don’t think it’s as easy as just shouting “racism” because I don’t think these issues are always so straightforward. For example, it may not be the case that black coordinators are being passed over for interviews or promotions that they’ve earned. But rather, it could be that black ex-players were not getting that all-important first coaching role after they retired from playing. Or perhaps they did not have a coach “take them under their wing” and spend extra time with them.
I am not really taking a position on this because I don’t know if any of it is true, and haven’t heard enough stories either way. I just don’t think the argument can be dismissed outright, given the numbers we’ve seen at the top of the coaching ranks, and the relative recency of the first black HC in our league. And I find it odd that some people cannot even stand to hear the observation being made on a CFL chat board.