A stunning shift at Edison High in Minneapolis has sparked concerns of racial injustice after six African American football coaches were relieved of their duties in a single day.
According to Twin Cities Fox affiliate KMSP, Edison head football coach Carl Brown was brought in by school and district officials on Monday and informed that his contract wasn’t being renewed. Five of Brown’s assistants, all of whom are African American, were also let go after just one season leading the school’s football program. The one assistant coach who was retained is white.
Brown feels there’s little question what motivated his sudden dismissal.
“They really want a white head coach, not a black head coach,” Brown told KMSP.
While no one from the district has offered official rationale for Brown’s dismissal, a letter given to Brown cited his lack of ability to perform administrative tasks as a justification. Edison’s 3-8 record in Brown’s lone season at the helm likely didn’t help matters, either.
Still, Brown and his assistants may have a case, given the way that they have been treated in comparison with the predecessor. As noted by KMSP, the coach who immediately preceded Brown, Mike Minnema, spent eight years leading the program with similar results; the 2013 Tommies squad finished 2-13 while the 2012 team was 1-8.
Brown isn’t the only one concerned about why he was let go, and some of the others who are speaking up are in a unique position to affect the program’s future: The Edison players are confused about the loss of their coaches, and they want answers.
“Who did this? Why? When?” Edison team captain Glenn Pierson told KMSP. “Why are we finding out all this stuff from the past now? I don’t like it.”