Black History Month & the NFL

February 3, 2019

On February 3rd, 2019 the National Football League (NFL) will be hosting it's 53rd Super Bowl championship between the New England Patriots vs the Los Angeles Rams in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Viewing parties usually bring together food, friends, family and rivalry team debates. However, with the organization's recent ethics in question I personally have no desire to partake. The NFL's shameless actions towards Colin Kaepernick looks similar to a white hooded hunt oppose to civilized business actions. 

 

 

 

The NFL's racial issues are deeply rooted throughout it's history. The league was founded in 1920, and began segregating African Americans from 1927-1946. This was not the norm. African Americans excelled before the organization dominated opportunities as well in college arenas often earning scholarships. 

 

Once Blacks rejoined, there was little respect for our dignity or contribution to the game. African American players are often penalized or viewed more harshly than their white counterparts. A precursor for today. For example, Kaepernick taking the knee= disrespect, rebellion, unrefined while Tim Tebow is viewed as a hero while kneeling.

 

According to the Guardian, recent studies from Cynthia Frisby (Journalism Professor at the University of Missouri) and the University of Colorado provide evidence of the disparities also reflecting in the NFL's viewers. Basically, Black people perceive other Black athletes as the best players with true raw talent- and the White athletes as less tough. Contrary, White viewers  view other White athletes as better leaders with more intellect. 

 


If these results are 100% true, should the public be surprised? I am not! The proof is in the pudding. Yes, the NFL does make an attempt to celebrate Black History Month with documentaries of it's earliest or best African American moments, but at this point those efforts seem underhanded. Celebrate Black History by displaying compassion for the lives that have been lost due to a darker skin tone.

 

As the 2019 Super Bowl sets to take place I wonder what's destined for the aftermath. 

 

Not just for players and those financial;y invested, but for performers Maroon 5, Travis Scott, and Big Boi. All have received backlash for supporting the Super Bowl after their wrongdoings towards African American players. Will Travis Scott and Big Boi lose their Black cards?

 

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