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This first week in June of 2021 is a week of narrative-busting revelations. With news of Fauci’s lies about COVID treatments, masks, and mandates pouring out of his FOIA’d emails and admissions from the mainstream press about intentionally burying factual information that confirmed Trump’s claims, Americans have been inundated with shocking information they were led to believe did not exist.

On Wednesday a headline from the AP elicited another round of gasps from pretty much everyone.

The reaction on social media was nearly universal and boiled down to, “Ummm…what?”

AP News explains that the practice of “race-norming” is the assumption that Black players have a “lower cognitive function” base, and thus settlements on brain injury claims are calculated by adjusting for race. The result has been to make it harder for Black players to prove that they have been cognitively injured during the execution of their NFL career.

The practice made it harder for Black retirees to show a deficit and qualify for an award. The standards were created in the 1990s in hopes of offering more appropriate treatment to dementia patients, but critics faulted the way they were used to determine payouts in the NFL concussion case.

Wednesday’s announcement comes after a pair of Black players filed a civil rights lawsuit over the practice, medical experts raised concerns and a group of NFL families last month dropped 50,000 petitions at the federal courthouse in Philadelphia — where the lawsuit had been thrown out by the judge overseeing the settlement.

This was a shocking headline, sent out into cyberspace with such a casual flow that it sort of rocked me off my feet. My next question, of course, was, “What the hell exactly is race norming?” I started digging and discovered that this isn’t the first mention of race norming in the press. Kudos to the AP for covering it more thoroughly months ago when it reported on the controversy surrounding the NFL’s settlement with injured players.

A hearing had been set for Thursday. The judge instead ordered the NFL and the lead lawyer in the overall $1 billion settlement

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