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The NFL's Diversity Problem
American Thinker ^ | October 16, 2009 | Jack Cashill

Posted on 10/15/2009 11:06:19 PM PDT by neverdem

"I, myself, couldn't even consider voting for him," said Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay of accused thought criminal Rush Limbaugh. "As a nation, and as a world, we've got to watch our words and our thoughts."

"Divisive comments are not what the the NFL is all about," agreed NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. "I would not want to see those kind of comments from people who are in a responsible position in the NFL."

Before these execs start doing their end zone dance about Limbaugh's exclusion from the NFL ownership club, they might want to address a major diversity scandal brewing in their own house.

I refer here not to the exclusion of women from the NFL, although I could.  After all, fire departments have adjusted their testing standards to allow for the hiring of women despite the fact that fighting fires -- particularly the pulling of hose kneeling down and the rescue of incapacitated people -- puts as much a premium on upper body strength as does playing football.  Besides, no one has yet to die from an errant pass or a missed block.

The difference, of course, is that fire departments can adjust their assignments to keep women out of harm's way or at least out of the public spotlight.  Football teams have no such cover.  Everyone is visible.

What is difficult to justify, however, is the veritable exclusion of Asian-American and, even more incredibly, Mexican-American men from the NFL.

An analysis of Irsay's AFC South division reveals a shocking lack of genuine diversity, a shortfall that is representative of the NFL in general.  Of the 208 players in the division, there are no Japanese or Chinese-Americans and only two players of any kind of Hispanic descent. 

According to the U,S, Census Bureau, Hispanics make up 15.4 cent of the American population, but less than 1 percent of the AFC South and of the NFL in general.  Asian Americans make up 4.5 percent of the American population and zero percent of the NFL unless one includes Scott Fujita, a Caucasian adopted by a Japanese family.

The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida gives the NFL an A- for racial hiring practices and a C on gender hiring practices, but these grades are largely for front office jobs. This would be like giving Goldman Sachs an A- for hiring minority janitors. The real money, in either case, is on the field.

Although African American men make up a commendable 69 percent of the players in AFC South and 66 percent league wide, there are problems here too.  Black players -- Pacific Islanders as well -- tend to be ghettoized in blue-collar clusters.  In the AFC South, for instance, blacks make up more than 80 percent of all linebackers and defensive backs.  They make up more than 90 percent of the running backs. 

As it happens, only the white-dominated, "white collar" positions of kicker and quarterback have rules specifically designed to protect them from rough play.  Interestingly, all six of the kickers and quarterbacks on Irsay's Colts are white.  This is not to say that Irsay is a racist, but rather that he is insensitive to matters of race.

The quarterback position presents a variety of troubling issues.  As of this writing, the ten quarterbacks with the highest official ratings are all white. This can only indicate a racial bias in the design of the rating system.  Ideally, these ratings should be based on job related criteria and be predictive of success.  The fact that the top four rated quarterbacks -- and five of the top ten -- play for undefeated teams means little. This is surely an historical fluke. 

What we know from the media and academia is that there are no genetic differences among races.  Knowing this, we can infer that the testing the NFL does to choose its players and assign them to positions is flawed.  Intentionally or not, this selection process has had a disparate impact on certain underrepresented groups, Hispanic Americans most dramatically.  The token hiring of Mark Sanchez by the New York Jets does not begin to address this injustice.

If our fire departments can "look like America," why not the NFL?  Where is La Raza when we need them?


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: diversity; nfl

1 posted on 10/15/2009 11:06:19 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

We need to beat them senseless with this sort of bs.


2 posted on 10/15/2009 11:07:50 PM PDT by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: neverdem
The corrupt, liberal, gang and drug infested nfl and their likewise owners can kiss my ***...you lost me forever over this!

LLS

3 posted on 10/15/2009 11:15:45 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (hussama will never be my president... NEVER!)
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To: neverdem
"Divisive comments are not precisely what the the NFL is all about"
4 posted on 10/15/2009 11:16:07 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: neverdem

Well, as long as they have former meth heads who pee themselves, they’re covered I suppose.


5 posted on 10/15/2009 11:16:13 PM PDT by Catholic Canadian ( I love Stephen Harper!)
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To: neverdem

Boytcott the NFL and tell them why.

I think Roger Goodell is still upset that those mean old Conservatives ran someone against his daddy and took away his Senate seat, so he’s going to show those meanies who’s boss by punishing us through Rush.

And this liberal baby’s wife works for Fox News!


6 posted on 10/15/2009 11:18:26 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: neverdem

The Irsays are the ones who stole the Colts from Baltimreo in the middle of the night. They are people to be despised.


7 posted on 10/15/2009 11:19:06 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: neverdem

The Irsays are the ones who stole the Colts from Baltimreo in the middle of the night. They are people to be despised.


8 posted on 10/15/2009 11:19:27 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: neverdem

Boycott the NFL!

Maybe Rush’s friends should start a new league.


9 posted on 10/15/2009 11:19:57 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: Republic of Texas

A diversity of racism is the horse they are riding. Good luck with that. I hope it hangs them and brings them down just as it has done for the newpapers and networks.


10 posted on 10/15/2009 11:21:09 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: neverdem

http://tinyurl.com/JJSPIT


11 posted on 10/15/2009 11:28:06 PM PDT by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: neverdem
"I, myself, couldn't even consider voting for him," said Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay of accused thought criminal Rush Limbaugh. "As a nation, and as a world, we've got to watch our words and our thoughts."

Wow. Apparently Jim Irsay has no regard for free speech or diversity of thought and expression. No, we as a nation do not have to watch our words and our thoughts - we don't live in East Germany and there is no Stasi waiting to punish us for daring to think or speak in a way that the authorities don't like. And that's no thanks to idiots like Jim Irsay.
12 posted on 10/15/2009 11:42:40 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

Hope the Colts lose this Sunday.


13 posted on 10/15/2009 11:47:32 PM PDT by roses of sharon (Call the NFL and welcome their new Commissioner, Al Sharpton.)
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To: roses of sharon

If I stepped in Irsay, I wouldn’t just wipe the shoe off, I’d throw it away.


14 posted on 10/16/2009 12:02:51 AM PDT by imjimbo (The constitution SHOULD be our "gun permit")
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To: neverdem

What is MOST upsetting is the utter lack of LGBT players in the NFL. At least the ones OUT of the closet. The NFL needs to start asking. And telling.


15 posted on 10/16/2009 12:07:20 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: neverdem

So when does the lobbying begin to change the name to Negro Football League?


16 posted on 10/16/2009 12:07:31 AM PDT by taxesareforever (Release Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich and let him and his family get on with their lives.)
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To: LibLieSlayer
"The corrupt, liberal, gang and drug infested nfl and their likewise owners can kiss my ***...you lost me forever over this!

I wish I could say they lost me over this. . . They lost me a long time ago and the Vick situation only added to my distaste of the NFL and ALL pro sports.
Now I only watch College football. I will NOT support the drug invested Pro sports.

17 posted on 10/16/2009 2:09:58 AM PDT by DeaconRed (Barack Insane Obama-Wrong Place Wrong Time. Replacing Jimmah as worst CIC Ever)
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To: Voter#537

Changing tagline.


18 posted on 10/16/2009 2:13:17 AM PDT by DeaconRed (Yes, Little Boy--We Hate BO and we have good reason to. We love our country--F.U.B.O.)
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To: neverdem
I believe ALL of pro sports has a disproportionate number of blacks, compared to whites, as much more than 15%-20% (blacks as a percentage of general population) are occupying the NFL, NBA, etc., and therefore the ACLU should be pursuing an EEOC complaint about discrimination.

Why not?

That's what happens in the workplace, whenever the most-qualified are disregarded, and preference is NOT given based on race, the Jesse Jackson's and Al Sharpton's, and the ACLU are regularly bringing charges against targeted employers in the Private Sector, unless they cough up "donations" to certain groups.....

19 posted on 10/16/2009 2:20:03 AM PDT by traditional1 ("don't gots to worry 'bout no mo'gage. Don't gots to buy no gas...Obama, he gonna take care o' me")
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To: traditional1

Obama’s race hustler in the Justice Department has not tried to bring back race quotas yet. When he does, we should remember to raise cain about the NFL and NBA.


20 posted on 10/16/2009 2:22:08 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Republic of Texas

Absolutely. These people, e.g. Irsay, Goodell, and the other pompous hypocrites, need to have their noses rubbed in it. Blacks are over represented; Hispanics are under represented. Not just in football; how about TV ads?


21 posted on 10/16/2009 2:30:10 AM PDT by Malesherbes (Sauve Qui Peut)
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To: Malesherbes
Did the Irsays leave Baltimore in the middle of the night because Baltimore demographics change to a white Indianapolis
22 posted on 10/16/2009 2:46:38 AM PDT by scooby321
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To: neverdem

Criminals in the NFL, no problem. But we CAN’T have divisive comments.


23 posted on 10/16/2009 3:05:16 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is fading.)
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To: neverdem

Yeah, the Plantation system is alive and well in the NFL, the massrs have the house servant and field hand thing down pat.


24 posted on 10/16/2009 3:18:13 AM PDT by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: neverdem
Little old widow ladies on limited, fixed incomes have to pay much higher property taxes on their homes in NFL cities to finance the bonds used to build NFL stadiums WHILE MILLIONAIRE PLAYERS PLAY THE GAME AND OWN THE TEAMS.

The NFL is the biggest con game on Earth.

25 posted on 10/16/2009 3:32:18 AM PDT by NoControllingLegalAuthority
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To: neverdem
As it happens, only the white-dominated, "white collar" positions of kicker and quarterback have rules specifically designed to protect them from rough play.

Tell that to Joe Theisman

26 posted on 10/16/2009 3:37:12 AM PDT by catfish1957 (Hey algore...You'll have to pry the steering wheel of my 317 HP V8 truck from my cold dead hands)
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To: neverdem

I love this. Right back at ya. What’s the population percentage of midgets (little people). They need to be hired as long snappers or something.


27 posted on 10/16/2009 4:56:18 AM PDT by nhwingut (The media's love affair with Obama reminds me of a dog humping a telephone pole.)
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To: neverdem

Yes, the NFL does need racial diversity. In addition to the lack of americans of mexican decent, there is a lack of
oriental americans. Just like basketball, blacks have taken
iver most positions in the NFL.


28 posted on 10/16/2009 8:12:17 AM PDT by upcountryhorseman (An old fashioned conservative)
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To: neverdem
"Divisive comments are not what the the NFL is all about," agreed NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. "I would not want to see those kind of comments from people who are in a responsible position in the NFL."

Is Goodell going to step down then? After all, his comments are divisive because they exclude conservatives. Hypocrisy is a defining characteristic of liberals.

29 posted on 10/16/2009 8:20:11 AM PDT by highlander_UW (To anger a conservative tell him a lie. To anger a liberal tell him the truth.)
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To: traditional1
I believe ALL of pro sports has a disproportionate number of blacks

You need to check Major League Baseball.

30 posted on 10/16/2009 8:23:37 AM PDT by Publius Valerius
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To: TBP
The Irsays are the ones who stole the Colts from Baltimreo in the middle of the night.

Maybe had the state of Maryland not tried to use eminent domain to seize the Colts from the Irsays, the team would still be in Baltimore. Just sayin.

31 posted on 10/16/2009 8:28:21 AM PDT by Publius Valerius
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To: Publius Valerius

Yeah, MLB is rife with discrimination against white players, too. I think their “testing” is discriminatory, and favors non-whites....that should be enough for an EEOC Complaint, as it is in the government and private job qualifications, always.....


32 posted on 10/16/2009 8:30:39 AM PDT by traditional1 ("don't gots to worry 'bout no mo'gage. Don't gots to buy no gas...Obama, he gonna take care o' me")
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To: Publius Valerius

Irsay join ing in the smear attack on Rush shows what kind of people the Irsays are.


33 posted on 10/16/2009 8:31:59 AM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: traditional1

Well, if you think it’s discriminatory, then I encourage you to tackle that project. Best of luck.


34 posted on 10/16/2009 8:32:28 AM PDT by Publius Valerius
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To: TBP

The Irsays? Bob is long dead. It’s just Jim.

But don’t give me this “they are terrible people because they moved out of town in the middle of the night” nonsense. They moved out of town in the middle of the night because the State passed legislation to take the Colts by eminent domain—the middle of the night move was to beat the state from seizing the Colts’ facilities and property.

It was Maryland that ran the Colts out of town. Maryland was too tightfisted to build a new stadium and was crapping all over Irsay. So he left.


35 posted on 10/16/2009 8:35:47 AM PDT by Publius Valerius
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To: TBP

Right, so the Ravens should leave and go where so Colts can return? Cleveland? Oh yeah, they have a team. Does this mean the Chiefs go back to Texas? The Titans go back to Texas? The Rams to LA, the Cardinals back to Chicago? It gets a bit hazy after that.


36 posted on 10/16/2009 8:40:28 AM PDT by Military family member (GO Colts!!)
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To: Publius Valerius
"Well, if you think it’s discriminatory, then I encourage you to tackle that project. Best of luck."

Right....with the Court system we have today, a populace educated in Public Skoolz (OJ-type Juries), common sense only applies to WHITE guys' actions. Hiring the most-qualified ONLY works when there's no minority to file a complaint, or bitch about tests written in plain English (which they can't speak and don't understand).

We already have too many requirements for Hispanic text, and soon will have Ebonic test requirements, too......

37 posted on 10/16/2009 9:15:24 AM PDT by traditional1 ("don't gots to worry 'bout no mo'gage. Don't gots to buy no gas...Obama, he gonna take care o' me")
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To: Voter#537

I only have Nascar left. I truly gave up on the nfl, long before vick.

LLS


38 posted on 10/16/2009 9:47:53 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (hussama will never be my president... NEVER!)
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39 posted on 10/16/2009 10:58:22 AM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem

We just put females on nuclear submarines. Are the stakes there high? Interpersonal harmony is a key job performance input, and each Ohio-class sub carries more firepower triggered IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD.

If we’re integrated there, well, I want to see 50% female linebacker representation.


40 posted on 10/16/2009 2:47:12 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: gaijin

Black males make for 5.5% of the US population, yet they have make up well over 50% of the NBA lineup. It’s pretty clear that the selection process is bias, particularly against older Korean women. Is it any MISTAKE there is not even ONE there? That anyone would refute this is laughable.

We need to cap the number of young black males in the NBA..!


41 posted on 10/16/2009 3:04:30 PM PDT by gaijin
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Thanks neverdem.
Before these execs start doing their end zone dance about Limbaugh's exclusion from the NFL ownership club, they might want to address a major diversity scandal brewing in their own house. I refer here not to the exclusion of women from the NFL, although I could... What is difficult to justify, however, is the veritable exclusion of Asian-American and, even more incredibly, Mexican-American men from the NFL. An analysis of Irsay's AFC South division reveals a shocking lack of genuine diversity, a shortfall that is representative of the NFL in general. Of the 208 players in the division, there are no Japanese or Chinese-Americans and only two players of any kind of Hispanic descent. According to the U,S, Census Bureau, Hispanics make up 15.4 cent of the American population, but less than 1 percent of the AFC South and of the NFL in general. Asian Americans make up 4.5 percent of the American population and zero percent of the NFL unless one includes Scott Fujita, a Caucasian adopted by a Japanese family.
Luckily I'm not a fan of any professional football team. I root for the Detroit Lions.
42 posted on 10/16/2009 4:42:26 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: I see my hands

Uh-oh, what was that graphic?


43 posted on 10/16/2009 4:43:30 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: gaijin
If we’re integrated there, well, I want to see 50% female linebacker representation.

I hear the 'First Lady' is looking for a Sunday job ...

44 posted on 10/16/2009 4:46:43 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (No apologies.)
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To: Yaelle
What is MOST upsetting is the utter lack of LGBT players in the NFL. At least the ones out of the closet.

LOL!!! (I presume you are saying that tongue-in-cheek, just like the tone of Cashill's entire article.)

45 posted on 10/16/2009 5:12:15 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: neverdem; b4its2late; thouworm; ml/nj; Yaelle; ExTexasRedhead; Candor7; All
This is a good satire by Cashill. It's about time the pompous left-leaning NFL got their comeuppance, and he does it in a humorous way.

The mention of "the token hiring of" New York Jets' QB Mark Sanchez, which "does not begin to address this injustice [against Hispanic Americans]," brings to mind to silly promotion by the NFL in conjunction with the Jets-Dolphins ESPN game last Monday night. They apparently used Sanchez' presence (with or without his consent - well, as a rookie he was hardly in a position to say "no," lest he be tabbed as a malcontent) as an ploy to stage a "Hispanic Heritage Night" in Miami. It was accompanied with such absurdities as the referee explaining the first penalty of the game in Spanish (by prearrangement, which drew some booing from the crowd, even though the call was against the visiting Jets) and a few totally Spanish-language commercials on the English-language station, which were obviously out of place.

BTW, Cashill really shouldn't joke that "no one has yet to die from an errant pass or a missed block," because there have been very rare deaths on football fields over the years.

46 posted on 10/16/2009 5:34:52 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: neverdem

Thanks for the ping.


47 posted on 10/16/2009 7:26:37 PM PDT by GOPJ (Not a dime of taxpayer funds to build municipal stadium for the NFL.Freeper:afoolinparadise)
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To: neverdem

Thanks for the ping!


48 posted on 10/16/2009 9:31:00 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: SaraJohnson

I think Affirmative Action in the NFL should allow Hillary Clinton and Madeline Albright to take the field for the Washington Redskins (oops, such a politically incorrect name).

and why teams are allowed to focus so exclusively on athletic prowess is something that should concern all politically correct Americans!!!

where is the opportunity for everyone of varying physical and mental abilities? Albore should be playing linebacker for the Tennessee Titans (of course they way they’re playing, maybe he is and just can’t take the helmet off his fat head for all to see him).


49 posted on 10/21/2009 11:50:16 PM PDT by Enchante (Speak Truth to Power: Hey, Obama, YOU LIE!!)
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To: justiceseeker93

until 10% of NFL players are openly avowed members of the “LGBT community” the NFL should be denied all use of publicly funded stadiums and facilities.

What an outrage that a blatantly homophobic entity like the NFL is even allowed to exist!!

and all those quarterbacks waiting for the snap and not even allowed to enjoy feeling up the center.... rampant homophobia!!!

[SARCASM, folks]


50 posted on 10/21/2009 11:54:50 PM PDT by Enchante (Speak Truth to Power: Hey, Obama, YOU LIE!!)
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