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Est. April 5, 2002
Sept 16, 2021 - Issue 879
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The National Football League is one of America’s premier cultural battlefields, one of the White man’s last desperate efforts in this divided nation’s “culture wars” to hang on to some long-held but contrived, fake, make-believe, artificial dominance and superiority which they’ve pretended to have. This deception is playing out within a sport where they’ve deliberately excluded viable and able competition from fairly competing... in order to maintain some form of “minority rule” for the foreseeable future. This struggle is symbolic of the greater conflict waging within US society for racial equality, inclusion, and diversity.

Noting sports mirror society, and vice-versa… Only the “slightly” delusional argue whether or not the unfair and complicated “game of life” in America has been historically “rigged,” i.e., life’s outcome “artificially” influenced, societal strings pulled by White men - be they either participants or silent benefactors, but in general, the mainstream rank n’ file.

Only the delusional.

If you’ve any measurable amount of honesty in you, not intelligence, just decency… you have no option but to admit to this undeniable and obvious fact: White men have kept everyone else in America, “down,” in order to keep themselves on “top.” And any “sharing of power” has been begrudging and all-so-resentful in its spirit. They’ve fought against social and civil progress, gone kicking and screaming in the face of a civilized America

In all facets of life, in all matters that matter, White men can be seen excluding legitimate competition from the playing field.

This, I believe, can be illustrated in vivid, highly defined black and white by merely examining the games that America plays, our national pastimes/religions we worship, sports: football, basketball, and baseball...golf, tennis, gymnastics, soccer, track... etc., etc.

The hallowed National Football League, one of America’s longest-running male soap operas, which I’ve followed since the late 1960s/early 70s - is a living and breathing personification of this cultural yearning to never relinquish White male control, White dominance, even in the face of progress.

I’ve lived through the methodical transference of power and domination on the field - from White men to Black men. White men have given it their best, and when that didn’t work by the 1970s’ they resorted to the lies, the cheating, the ideal that the game could only be orchestrated by Great White Hopes like Troy Aikman, Marino (the truly great one), Peyton Manning and Tom Brady clones… They strategically crafted the critical position of Quarterback, which impacted and shaped the game itself - to accommodate the arguably typical unathletic White player. However that hasn’t been enough, thus one of America’s most loved national pastimes has become predominated by and dominated by African American men.

All the records of yesteryear’s segregated era of great White gladiators have been fragmented, shattered if not demolished by Black men during this era of inclusion. The game itself has been redefined by the Black gladiator: Black men were forever branded physically ”inferior,” intellectually inept, and simply not capable of “mastery” in sports. Interestingly, after our ascension to the top, the argument became - “of course Blacks are dominant, they’re essentially apes which can talk…”

Adding insult to injury for White guys, (and perhaps most significant but forbidden to be discussed) Black men have gained the “fruits” of their labor - the desire and lust of desirable White women, allegedly some of the most physically attractive and desirable White women. This attraction doesn’t sit well with White guys in locker rooms, from little league to the NFL, and all across these divided states.

Historically speaking, there may be no greater “sin” a black man can commit than to have sex with a White man’s daughter or sister.

I’d submit this unwanted “change” has been met by White dudes unwilling to give up their manhood, but unable to demonstrate on the level playing field that they were the better man they’d claimed to be for centuries. This changing of the gridiron guard, one of the most absolute prestigious symbols of how a “real” man would be defined, has left the rank n’ file, run of the mill everyday Seth and Jasper angry, frustrated, and in search of ”Great White Hopes” to elevate for all to see, for their sons to emulate and their daughters to desire.

It’s been a rough road, all positions on the gridiron have come to be dominated by Blacks - running back, receiver, cornerback, linebacker, entire defenses are all Black. The last bastion of White guy dominance, White linemen and kickers. And there are some gifted Unicorns like Kelce at Tight end.

And now today the new endangered species… the Golden Boy field general, the great White Quarterback.

Let me be sharp and blunt here: The league’s aristocratic Wall Street country club of plantation owners would rather not have a Black man as the face of their billion-dollar enterprise. It’s why you have even fewer Black head coaches in the NFL than you do QBs. And check this: like their good old boy Trump, they recognize the millions and millions and millions of Trumpian-minded sports fans who don’t want to see that “dark” branding, scores of sports media types don’t want to see it, more coaches than you’d guess don’t want to see it…

Corporate sponsors understand it’s harder to push Lamar Jackson than it is Peyton Manning or Baker Mayfield.

Josh Allen, Justin Herbert, Joe Burrow, Mac Jones, Trevor Lawrence, and Zach Wilson… are the newly anointed ones for which the White American fanbase is extremely craving and longing. All American, wholesome Christian Soldiers - See Tim Tebow - all they have to do is not screw up, be competent and the road will be paved and well lit for them, America, White America will crown them all. The endorsements and accolades will pour in. Mediocrity will be glorified and rewarded.

Jackie Robinson dipped in vanilla, but note there are no unspoken rules that forbid White guys playing running back in the NFL, but beyond Christian McCaffery, can’t nobody measure up. Whose fault is that? I’m just saying.

The entrenched Anglo Saxon establishment which is the NFL, like other US institutions and organizations, is attempting to hang on to power, clout, and control. The last thing they want to see is the NFL looking like The NBA. They want that lucrative global revenue stream to grow without offending a White male base which hates the United Nations, i.e., hates most of the world. The tap dance the owners will attempt will be interesting, like watching White guys dance.

They hate listening to “lift every voice and sing…” put on JB’s “Say it loud, I’m Black n’ I’m proud baby, heads will spin!”

Once more, check it - the last thing roughly 75 to 80 million Trump-loving White people want to see is “their” America and Americana itself, such as the NFL, look like an environment where all people are allowed to grow and flourish based on their skills, tools, and abilities - instead of skin color - weighed and measured by their character, rather than their skin color.

America, where liberty, equality, freedom, justice, and opportunity for all are the last thing millions, Trump’s America, including sports fans, want to see.

BlackCommentator.com Columnist, Desi Cortez, who also writes for BlackAthlete.com & NegusWhoRead.com, was hatched in the heart of Dixie, circa 1961, at the dawning of the age of Aquarius, the by-product of four dynamic individuals, Raised in South-Central LA, the 213. At age 14 transplanted to the base of the Rockies, Denver. Still a Mile-Hi. Sat at the foot of scholars for many, many moons, emerging with a desire and direction… if not a sheep-skin. Meandered thru life; gone a-lot places, done a-lot of things, raised a man-cub into an officer n' gentleman, a "man's man." Produced a beautiful baby-girl with my lover/woman/soul-mate… aired my "little" mind on the airwaves and wrote some stuff along the way. Wordsmith behind America's Ten Months Pregnant . . . Ready To Blow!: Even Trump Can't "Make America White Again." A New, More Inclusive, Diverse 21st Century America - Love It . . . Or Get The Hell Out!. Contact Mr. Cortez and BC.

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