Black History Month is the appropriate time to showcase the impact and influence of Black people on American culture. Here in February, Patrick Mahomes may win his third Super Bowl as Quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs, and that is a highlight in Black American History because of the historical exclusion and internal segregation of Blacks within the league. These boundaries were mirrored in the greater US society.

The NFL’s Super Bowl spectacle, which is the very embodiment of virtually everything MAGA despises and dreads, unfolds with a cast that sends shivers down the spines of the Neo-Confederate brigade. American pop culture is everything but…. MAGA. The pigskin extravaganza encompasses everything MAGA fears; Racial and cultural diversity, racial and gender inclusion, open competition, played on a fair and balanced playing field.

Leading the attack on their “way of life” is Patrick Mahomes, the biracial quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, whose mere alpha-male existence challenges the MAGA narrative, embodying the “dreaded” outcome of “race-mixing.” And if that wasn’t enough to ruffle their feathers, Mahomes dares to be married to a white woman, committing the cardinal sin of making babies with her.

Then enter pop culture’s lightning rod, the iconic Taylor Swift, an influential powerhouse, whose clout is unmeasurable among young female voters. The MAGA cult can’t understand how their anti-female agenda repulses her. Swift’s romance with gridiron gladiator Travis Kelce - the vaccinated blue-eyed soul singer and tight-end extraordinaire, known for rubbing shoulders with the brothers, and dating beautiful black women, supporting Black Lives - living a reality that MAGA punks and weasels can only dream of experiencing, inflames the jealous 40-year-old male virgins who can’t attract female attention.

Millionaire ebony gladiators with the globe’s eye upon them. Tickets are unaffordable, starting at roughly ten-grand for the rank-and-file “Make America Great/White Again” cult.

America’s beloved national pastime, Sports, mirrors and encapsulates the country’s deep-rooted societal issues. In this theater of competition and camaraderie, MAGA’s paradox unfolds. Trump’s cult, predominantly composed of white Americans, yearns for a “Great White Hope” both on and off the field. They crave a “strong” man to dominate not only the games we all love but also to rule the country with an iron fist, a sentiment mirrored by quarterbacks Brock Purdy and Jason Allen in their MAGA fantasy land.

Travis Kelce, Josh Allen, Christian McCaffrey, George Kettle - legit, they are “him.” I’d submit they get the accolades they’ve earned and deserve. Now the bromance and predictable elevation of Brock Purdy to Joe Montana status, that’s more a reflection of how desirous, how hungry MAGA sports fans are for their “Great White Hope.”

As the National Football League’s historical fan base, once a sanctuary for the MAGA faithful, grapples with a changing landscape, the clash between their idealized version of America and the diverse reality unfolds in the star-studded Super Bowl drama. The stage is set, the players are in position, and the MAGA movement watches, with bated breath, as their once-exclusive domain becomes a battleground for a new America that challenges their core.

The Caucasian alpha-male stud superhero who everyone loves and admires is becoming, right before our eyes, a rarity. The MAGA response is no different from how white America searched for a “Great White Hope” to defeat the nation’s first black Heavyweight Champion, the immensely “manly” and uppity Jack Johnson at the turn of the last century, which to me illustrates that white American culture has not change much from circa 1905.

Delve into the depths of the Neo-Confederate surge gripping our nation and unravel the intricate strands fueling the enthusiasm, the almost savage zest behind King Trump’s loyalists. What fundamental social dynamics propel the palpable cultural apprehension? Yes, the “fear” of displacement and relegation to the periphery of the American narrative. Direct your gaze towards the core of America’s national ethos.

The National Football League is our national religion. It reflects and embodies our national character and essence. We are well-dressed cave people. It’s clear that “evolution” is a complicated word, just as “civilization” is. If we teach a cannibal to use a knife and fork, is he legitimately civilized?

As the NFL 2023/24 season unfolded, the artificial turf was adorned with black quarterbacks and coaches, indispensable protagonists in the riveting gridiron saga. Four Afro-American coaches were hired this early off-season. Their presence, an indomitable force, has irrevocably altered the racially polarized landscape of the sporting realm, defying comparison.

I think we’re even seeing more Nubian lovelies as cheerleaders, altering the societal definition of “beauty.”

Are we approaching monumental cultural change? Nay, change is already upon us! A decade ago, we were comin’. Today, we are here baby, and he is him, and he is an ebony alpha male. My Lord, Mary, sweet momma of baby Jesus, well slap my behind and call me Mr. Field General! These are feats which will be recognized as milestones in Black American history.

Exploring the male soap opera that is the NFL, we can’t help but confront the “isms” plaguing America at large, encapsulated within the league’s century-plus-long narrative. The last half-century unfolds as a pigskin canvas where white men, engaged in a work of fertility, relentlessly sought to thwart and suppress the ascent of the black gladiator. Their deliberate orchestration and strategic manipulation of the gridiron landscape aimed to favor the non-

athletic White quarterback, with the coveted “Signal Caller” position enjoying “top-cat” status in the real world - where Presidents, movie stars, astronauts, kings, and queens all yearn to enter the party with the “super-star” quarterback. Such has been the perennial desire of men - to be them - and women - to be with them.

Today’s Black quarterback is the guy some MAGA dad’s son wants to grow up to be, whose wife and teenage daughter agree is “dreamy…!” Need I say more?

Black quarterbacks, e.g., CJ Stroud, Jordan Love, Lamar Jackson, and Patrick Mahomes are not merely redefining the position; they are reshaping the very fabric of the game, akin to the transformation witnessed in other positions on the field. This growth to MAGA is Cancerous, instead, they yearn to reclaim “their” nation and its cherished pastimes and make them both Nordic, “Alpine” snow-white again.

The NFL’s future mirrors America’s evolving mosaic tapestry, profoundly influenced by the contributions of black individuals and other Americans of color. That fact horrifies Conservatives, Confederates, Republicans, Libertarians, Patriots, i.e., all “real” Americans.

The glory days of total WASP domination were man-made, make-believe, fake, and fabricated, only created by excluding black people and other folks of color. The legends and highlights only honestly exist because we were not allowed to compete. If we had been, I’d argue the legends of yesteryear: YA Tittle, Bobby Lane, Bart Starr, and alas, Johnny U., etc., etc., arguably might not have shined so bright, gee, some might not have even made their high school or college team, if it weren’t for “Jim Crow” - the deliberate and strategic exclusion of black folks from competing on a fair and balanced field of competition, i.e, societal segregation, be it little league, high school, college or professional football.

There should be a giant “asterisk” (*) in place by all NFL players’ names who shined and made the Hall Of Fame in Canton, Ohio, before racial integration, only because, as we all know, they achieved all these accolades minus competition from the most talented and spirited foes, who were not allowed to participate.

Please, please, please stop me if I’m lying.

All we’ve ever asked for was fairness and decency. It’s sadly tragic how trifling White America appears in denying us that. You know, as a whole, generally speaking. Yet, the fortress of White supremacy stands besieged; the ideals of integration and inclusion seem to unravel their fraudulent grip on dominance. The cherished gridiron “Field General” position is on the brink of transformation. By the dawn of 2030, Afro-American “Signal Callers” may outnumber their White counterparts. White America, just like the NFL’s traditional base, longs for a “Great White Hope,” a “strong” man to rule the day, they long for strong, powerful white men to dominate the game and rule the day, rule the country, with an iron fist.

So they are stunned Bill Belichick can’t get a job in the NFL.

How fragile, yet how scary, is this White supremacy insanity?

As the NFL deepens in its diversity, it simultaneously repels the “Make America Great/ White Again” sports fan base - a formidable demographic constituting a significant portion of both fan and advertiser/sponsor bases. The looming specter of a potential boycott by 60 million individuals could deliver a resounding blow to the league’s financial standing. Just ask Budweiser about the palpable impact such a backlash can have on one’s wallet.

The NFL’s nightmare: turning as “Black” and “woke” as the National Basketball Association, and that transformation would be the equivalent of the “end of the world.” Alas, the end of America! The NFL’s Super Bowl encompasses everything MAGA fears: racial and cultural diversity, racial and gender inclusion, a fair and balanced playing field, and open competition.

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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