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A Cheer For The New England Patriots Is A Cheer For Donald Trump

Sports fans usually don’t want to mix their politics and sports — well, White sports fans — but fans of the New England Patriots have no choice.

From Tom Brady’s passive-aggressive endorsement of Trump to the very name of the organization, if the personal is, indeed, political, then Patriots fans need to come to terms with the political realities of their fandom.

Meaning: if you are a political progressive, if you are angered by the election of Trump, if you like people of color in positions of importance, you should not cheer for the Patriots in the Super Bowl.

I’ll give you five reasons why:

Bill Belichick

Bill Belichick wanted Ol’ Dude to Make America Great Again and said as much in a letter:

Congratulations on a tremendous campaign. You have dealt with an unbelievable slanted and negative media, and have come out beautifully – beautifully…Your leadership is amazing. I have always had tremendous respect for you, but the toughness and perseverance you have displayed over the past year is remarkable. Hopefully tomorrow’s election results will give you the opportunity to make America great again.

Yeah, that’s coach you want to succeed. You, Stacy Dash, Clarence Thomas, and the ghost of Stephen from Django Unchained are all in agreement on that one.

Robert Kraft

Kraft is the owner of the Patriots, the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Kraft Food Group.

He is also a Donald Trump Supporter.

“While I am not comfortable discussing politics publicly, I am very comfortable talking about my friendships with people who happen to be in politics,” he said to the Boston Globe. “[We] have had a lot of fun together socially, including a very memorable evening in 2005 when I had the privilege of being at his and Melania’s wedding.”

Cheer for a team whose owner is Trump’s BFF if you want. I’ll cheer for the team whose owner is pushing for more diversity.

(IMPORTANT: Robert Kraft is not in any way associated with the Kraft Heinz Company headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and maker of the only ketchup worth a damn. I’m sure Kraft uses Hunt’s Ketchup, Texas Pete hot sauce and thinks Macklemore’s The Heist deserved the Grammy for Best Rap Album in 2014 over Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid, M.A.A.D City.)

Tom Brady

In September of 2015, reporters spotted a Trump hat in Brady’s locker. “He sent it to me,” Brady told Boston’s WEEI.  “I mean, it’s pretty amazing what he’s been able to accomplish. He obviously appeals to a lot of people, and he’s a hell of a lot of fun to play golf with.”

Brady and Trump have often been photographed together and, I’m sure, plan to have pillow fights in the White House.

The coaching staff  

In July of 2016, ESPN published their study of diversity in NFL coaching. What they discovered is that coaching staffs in the National Football League are ‘staggering’ in their lack of diversity. Yet, there is one coaching staff that led the pack in its homogeneity: The New England Patriots.

Of the 14 coaches that report to Bill Belichick, only 2 are minorities. (These numbers represent coaches—not strength and conditioning  and other non-football personnel.)

Essentially, the Patriots coaching staff is the equivalent of Trumps Cabinet in terms of racial makeup.

They are called the Patriots…

…and the logo is a White Minuteman. Yeah, the same Minutemen that enabled and participated in the settler-colonialism that devastated a number of Native Americans in the region and that modern day xenophobes call themselves as they patrol the US and Mexican border. Yeah, that’s their team logo.

My aunt has a rule about art in her house: “No White people on the wall.” I’m a grown man. I’ll be damned if I wear a White minuteman on my chest.

If you cheer for the New England Patriots, you’re a buster, Herb, and the spirits of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, and Rickey frown upon your shenanigans.

Cheer wisely.

Lawrence Ware

Lawrence Ware is a philosopher of race at his day job and writes if the kids go to bed on time. He is a contributing editor of NewBlackMan (in Exile) and a frequent contributor to The Root and other publications. He has been featured in the New York Times and you can sometimes find him discussing race and politics on HuffPost Live and Public Radio International. He is the kind of Steelers fan that enjoys watching the Cowboys lose.

  • Sigma_Since 93

    The New Yorker in me loathes anything Boston. I’m struggling because I’ve known Dion Lewis since he was in high school and he’s from the neighborhood. The optimal solution would be for him to have a game like Thurmond Thomas back in the day and the Punks come up short in the end.

    • Siante

      Exactly, I was taught to hate the Patriots long before Trump, my family’s been Cowboys(don’t get this one?) & Giants since I was a little girl. Patriots who?

    • I feel that way about guys from my high school who played for Clemson ball out but don’t win.

  • A lot of owners probably are Trump supporters but were just smart enough not to say so.

    • miss t-lee

      I can believe this.

      • Bob McNair appears to love four things: Scrilla, the Gamecocks, the Texans,and conservatism. All-around most of the owners of any sports team probably aren’t liberal.

        I hate the Pats but politics are wayyyy down the line of the reasons why.

        • Brooklyn_Bruin

          It’s largely the money and how they make it.

        • miss t-lee

          Guaranteed McNair is a Republican. If I heard different, I’d be shocked…lol

        • TheVilleintheA
        • TheVilleintheA

          I wonder, are there any Black wealthy people who go hard for Black’s? I’m not talking about scholarship money, that’s indeed a worthy cause. What about giving to organizations trying to do away with mandatory minimums, politicians who want urban planning that is beneficial to African-American communities etc…

          • That’s a good question I wonder what Bob Johnson’s charitable contributions look like.

            • Catfish Jenkins

              I would think that wealthy blacks have to do their contributions on the low simply because if they draw attention to their intentions, they might not make it to next week.

              • TheVilleintheA

                I’ll agree with this. It seems Prince was a prime example of this. Serena Williams did support this cause http://eji.org/news/join-serena-williams-campaign-with-eji.

                • Catfish Jenkins

                  It’s just not safe for wealthy blacks in the West to do something to uplift their own.

                  • TheVilleintheA

                    My apologies, I know I’m late. How is it not safe? Do you mean the West as in western united states like Cali, Washington State, Oregon ect or West as in the Western Countries (the US, France, the UK ect…)?

                    • Catfish Jenkins

                      I mean the West as in “Western” countries. The powers that be have a constant fear that upward mobility for Blacks would mean their power would be eroded, thus so few Blacks outwardly using their economic power to better their people’s chances.

                    • TheVilleintheA

                      Got it.

          • Me

            I find that there’s generally a reverse correlation to how much money and power is able to impact the masses. If you look at politics, the most impactful politicians are the local officials that neighbors have direct access to whereas presidents tend to be puppets or dogs being wagged by their tails. The same goes for the wealthy. The more you get, the more you give to, and suddenly, the neighborhood that you could’ve carried on your shoulders when you were a store manager fresh out of high school becomes one of many causes that need you as a resource. And then of course you end up shucking and jiving just to keep the flow of money on deck so that one day you’ll have enough to make good on your promises to remember the hood, but by then, the hood has quit you. All that to say, the closer folks get to black wealth, the less I’ve learned to rely on them for black empowerment. They just become another celebrity to me, just like Former President Obama was another politician.

            • Brother Mouzone

              Cough..Michael..cough, cough .Jordan…trying to clear my throat, dang allergies.

          • Brother Mouzone

            Most are afraid to..even Oprah gave money to South African Black kids before she would try and help poor kids right here. Not trying to spend someone else’s money, but dam.

          • Michelle

            In my opinion, it seems like there’s so much trickery that could go on that will try to sabotage the efforts. For example, if a small group of celebs were to invest with the renovation of the water line in Flint, Michigan, I feel like the city/state would try to have that sizeable donation turn up in something else. Knowing them, that ‘renovation’ would be for new trees in a predominantly-white/upper class community. Or, into their pockets.
            To me, I feel like if a Black person wants to be a philanthropist (especially in United States/certain predominantly-black countries/cities), they have to do so with an “Alexander ‘Ozymandias’ Veidt” mentality, where you have to do a little bit of wickedness in order to perform the goodness.

    • HouseOfBonnets
      • Brother Mouzone

        I don’t know why that gift made me laugh so hard.

        • HouseOfBonnets

          Because this is the second accurate tea usher meme on the black twitter record.

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    • Catfish Jenkins

      You are 100% on this.

      http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/19/politics/woody-johnson-uk-ambassador/

      Woody Johnson, owner of the Jets, is now Ambassador to UK. He is a Trump supporter, and raised 25 mil for his campaign, including money from his fellow owners. I’m a Niners fan, and if Jed York contributed in any way, Ima go Changing Faces on my squad

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/64909b47cdca004186488b3d0e27b2a2862fde07ff297e34d784c57aff3ea053.gif

      • mr. steal your costco samples

        you know Dan Gilbert’s about that life

        • And he’s helping to gentrify Detroit.

          • Catfish Jenkins

            My sister went to school in Windsor (across the river), and I’m beginning to wonder if they let Detroit fall apart so they could come back ad redevelop it. It sits on some prime land.

            • They did and you’re right about the land. Our water has been a huge target for decades. The state has withheld funds for the schools and infrastructure. It’s the Santa Claus effect. Make it unbearable then “gift” the city with your help. They think they’re saving Detroit. FOH.

              • Catfish Jenkins

                Cheese voice – “This is some shameless sh 1t!”

                Liberal Dwights as Omar voice – “Ain’t no shame in our game. Ain’t that right Joe?”

                https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/692c21d87095eb747f4f08bbdcb7d21c0376ff482b2c6fcf0d3d6bc248e02977.gif

              • Cleojonz

                Hey did your relative that was running for office win their seat?

                • My dad lost but he got in the top ten for seven available seats. It was his first campaign and there were over seventy people running. I’m proud of him.

                  • Cleojonz

                    Hey that’s a great first run. Kudos to him for even wanting to try. I know I would never have the stomach for politics.

            • Brother Mouzone

              There’s wypipo walking their dogs near Ford Field AT NIGHT..you KNOW there’s some serious gentrification going on.

              • Catfish Jenkins

                Damn…

              • I saw white folks on Schoolcraft.

                • kris b.

                  *Gasps*. Now thats interesting. Seeing them jog on Linwood near boston Edison is even more crazy

              • IAmMikeBrown

                As soon as you see a bike lane and a recycling receptacle separate from the regular trash bin, you might be living in a gentrified neighborhood.

            • i live in Detroit…and yep.

            • Ms.Moon

              They did that ish here in New York. A long time ago my mom’s uncle lived in Red Hook they would not even pick up garbage over there, now the only brown people you see either are working in the area or are watching a white child. This is also the reality in Harlem, white folks are also heading back to the Bronx. Brooklyn is so gentrified now that even the Jewish neighborhoods are being eaten up or too expensive that they’re heading to Staten Island and there are neighborhoods on lock for gentrification in Queens there is steady construction going on in Jamaica.

            • Michelle

              That’s how I felt about those “riots” in Baltimore, during the protests over the death of Freddie Gray. When I was a kid, I had an uncle (who was a ‘career criminal’ most of his life) tell me that folks would use times of protests to cause cases of vandalism and arson. He knew this because he used to set certain properties on fire, because they were on prime real estate.
              Ever since he told me that, I’ve never looked at cases of property damage the same.

      • Cheech

        I watched this gif for an uncomfortably long time.

    • Duff Soviet Union

      Probably most of them.

      Arthur Blank might not be though. He was talking recently about how the government needs to tackle the wealth gap / income inequality which I thought was pretty cool of him. He didn’t need to say anything, nobody had asked him or cares about his personal politics.

      In fact, most of what I’ve heard of Blank makes him sound like an uncommonly good dude amongst NFL owners.

      • SouthwestDekalb

        And my Falcons are gonna take care of the Patriots for everybody and become Leaders of the New School…..say it with me, “Yes We Can!”

  • HouseOfBonnets

    Get with the winning team……for God sakes they don’t even have a magic city or gucci mane! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f35d70a2408ce2891137efdab62f2f77edc66f0dd008c89ad2e50b15c79b8f4b.gif

    • Lea Thrace

      LISSEN!

      TELL THESE PEOPLE TO RISE THE FCUK UP!

      ATL HEAUX!

      • HouseOfBonnets

        I mean I haven’t even stepped foot in the A but even up here in the chi
        …. I see it’s lit.

      • Last year I was forced to pull for the Panthers because they played the Broncos and now I have to pull for Atlanta. I need Derek Carr’s leg to get better.

      • mr. steal your costco samples

        I love the ATL HEAUX

        • Lea Thrace

          Its a standard response that pretty much fits any situation. Try it out in ya daily life. Cant go wrong!

      • Other_guy13

        I am risen my friend

    • Cersei

      Right. Or Cheetah. Or Pink Pony. Or Dreams. Or Stilettos. Or Blue Flame. Or Onyx. Or Follies. Or MainStage. Or Tattletale. Or Pin Ups. Or The Coronet. Or Doll House. Or Tease. Or XTC. Or Peaches. Or V Live. Or…sh*t. I gotta get back to work :/

      • HouseOfBonnets

        Ying yang twins and uncle Luke ain’t drop these rump shaking hits for nothing ?????

  • drs_22
  • Hammster

    Glad I never gave a damnb about NE

  • themightiest

    I live in the heart of Pats territory and it FRIGHTENING.

  • Val

    I just hope Atlanta wins because if the Cheatriots win we’ll never hear the end of it with a NE fan in the White House. #smallvictories

  • Sigma_Since 93

    The only N.E. I rock with is New Edition……..

  • Your disclaimer about Robert Kraft was perfect timing as I was thinking, “So now I gotta boycott Kraft now. Sandwiches, salads, pastas, meat, you name it, bout to be hella dry.” Good thing I’ve never been a sports fan and can now justify my disinterest in the sports by having a legitimate reasons to despise Tom Brady.

    • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

      He’s easy to despise.

    • SN: Your hair is luxurious.

      • Thanks! Sad thing is I can never recreate that hairstyle as I forgot what I did.

  • mssporadic

    Welp…there goes my self-care. Guess I’ll just crawl under the bed and wait for the gestapo to come for me.

    This is the last Super Bowl anyway…

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