Inside the Matrix created by Silicon Valley-controlled social-media apps, systemic racism rules the National Football League, same as it does the United States of America.
In the real world created by our Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution, systemic evolution rules the NFL and the USA.
Football is my favorite sport. The game explains America. Difficult. Masculine. Violent. Cruel. Inclusive. Rewarding. Risky. Fair. Evolving.
Carl Peterson, the former longtime general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs, was fond of saying that the only constant in football was change. Football requires and rewards evolution. So does America.
Forty-two years ago, the NFL ignored Washington quarterback Warren Moon on draft day, banishing him to start what would become a Hall of Fame career in Canada.
At its inception, football operated on a core belief that black men lacked the intellectual heft and leadership qualities necessary to play quarterback. At its inception, our country defined black people as three-fifths of a human being.
The systemic evolution that is endemic to our culture explains Barack Obama’s rise to the presidency and the $503 million contract Patrick Mahomes signed Monday to play quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs.
America changed. Our system requires, rewards, supports and makes change possible. This truth is self-evident except on social media. And the American media’s unhealthy reliance on social media explains why a large segment of the public has been brainwashed into believing Colin Kaepernick’s narrative defines the NFL more than Patrick Mahomes’ narrative.
Social media wants you to believe America and all of its institutions are irrevocably ruled by systemic racism. It’s not true.
The NFL, the most powerful force in American popular culture, the top TV show on five different networks, is proof of America’s bend toward equality and proof of the level of willful ignorance and intentional deceit used to smear America.
Mahomes, like Kaepernick, is mixed race. He’s now the richest player in NFL history. He surpassed Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, who is black. The next quarterbacks most likely to benefit from the contract Mahomes just signed are Lamar Jackson, Deshaun Watson and Dak Prescott. They’re all black.
But the NFL is systemically racist?
Stop it. Rather than vilifying the game of football because Kaepernick flamed out and wrapped himself in racial martyrdom to excuse his failure, we should be celebrating football for its evolution.
Why do we (black people) think our failures define America more than our triumphs?
There’s never been a better time to be black in America than right now. Social media has made us believe it’s 1852 all over again, that there’s been no change. We think George Floyd’s interaction with Derek Chauvin exemplifies America more than Barack Obama’s interaction with Joe Biden, than Mahomes’ interaction with tight end Travis Kelce.
America’s not perfect. No place is. But outlook determines outcomes because outlook determines strategies and priorities.
If your worldview is that you’re the wrong color to achieve success, you will not achieve success because you will choose a strategy devoid of hope and set the wrong priorities.
We’re obsessed with skin color. Color is the wrong priority. Choosing a set of proper values that steer your worldview is the key to success. In my columns, I repeatedly keep mentioning what defines my worldview — Christianity, my religious faith. In the column I wrote about NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace, I argued that racism (an obsession with race) is America’s new religion.
We’re wrongly establishing our values based on skin color. These skin-color values are assigned by the politicians and corporations that control celebrity influencers. These values are not unifying. They’re divisive, destructive, grounded in immorality and marketed through social media as a pursuit of justice. They’re a pursuit of financial and political power. That’s it.
The term “systemic racism” is derived from former Black Panther Stokely Carmichael’s 1967 book Black Power: The Politics of Liberation. In the book, Carmichael coined the phrase “institutional racism.”
The phrase is a polite dog whistle used by dignified activists in the media to justify violent protests/revolution. Their not-so-subtle insinuation is that you cannot salvage a system that is racist at its core. The New York Times, America’s alleged newspaper of record, published The 1619 Project, which argues that slavery defines the American system.
The road to justice is not paved with distortions and blatant lies. Political power is. Evolution is this nation’s defining characteristic. Patrick Mahomes took advantage of it. Colin Kaepernick is exploiting it.