Oakland Raiders: Where They’ve Been, Where They’re Going


It may be an urban legend, but years ago many people would migrate from Louisiana, to Texas, and then to California.

California was considered a place where a person could work their way up in their social and economic standing. The Oakland Raiders symbolized that spirit of opportunity and fairness.

During the Sixties, especially, more people from southern states went "West" to improve their lifestyle. Also, some of them migrated "East." 

During those years this writer began to pay attention to the Oakland Raiders and Al Davis. It was clear to me then, and even now, that Al Davis gave women and minorities opportunities to achieve. His thoughts were progressive and fair in my opinion.

For example, Davis drafted the first African American quarterback, Eldridge Dickey. He hired Amy Trask as the highest ranking female in the Oakland Raider franchise, and in the NFL. He made Art Shell one of the first African American coaches in the NFL during the modern era.

Now that I reside in Texas, most of my students and colleagues are cheering for the Titans and the Texans. The Titans were once the Houston Oilers so many of them stuck with that team.

Many people in my circle ask me why I cheer for the Oakland Raiders. Let's just say that the loyalty that the Raiders have demonstrated in measurable and observable decisions for civil rights has elicited loyalty and commitment from many of us in the Raider Nation.

We have got to remember from whence the Oakland Raiders have come. We must stay the course for we know that brighter days are ahead.


Just as there have been, according to one book, a rise and fall of great empires and nations, there was, to some extent, a fall and yet an expected rise of the Raider Nation and the Oakland Raiders.

In 2010 we expect a rise, and a return to a wi...

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