A day earlier than Sunday’s Tremendous Bowl, the New York Publish’s Phil Mushnick predicted the NFL season would finish with “reminders that we’re all racists who want to alter our methods.”
Mushnick was just about on course. There was simply no manner CBS would ignore the topic of race in its a number of hours of pregame programming main as much as the sport.
Nearly an hour earlier than kickoff, gamers from each groups stood at consideration for the exhibiting of a video displaying social justice statements and that includes a number of folks making social justice remarks like “We’ve to finish racism,” “if we might come collectively as a folks and perceive what the place our historical past continues to show us is that love will overcome all of the concern” and extra. This was adopted by the singing of the so-called Black anthem “Carry Ev’ry Voice and Sing” by Alicia Keys.
Because the track was ending, an unidentified male voice acknowledged, “There are forces that need to take us to a different place. We don’t wanna return. We wanna transfer ahead.” These forces weren’t made recognized.
Following that, CBS’s James Brown praised the highly effective medium of tv as a software to persistently ship messages of “unity versus divisiveness” this season – overlooking continued fan opposition to the NFL’s social justice activism. His colleague Phil Simms added: “We’ve been by way of quite a bit this yr in our nation, from the pandemic to the social justice to making an attempt to play by way of soccer seasons, all the time making an attempt to ship a constructive message. I feel soccer has accomplished that, I feel soccer brings folks collectively and hopefully this Tremendous Bowl Sunday we now have introduced all people collectively all throughout this nation.” CBS’s Phil Simms referred to as it “actually an amazing second.”
Earlier within the four-hour-long program, Academy Award-winning actress Viola Davis (in above picture) narrated a characteristic on the early years of the NFL when Blacks weren’t allowed to play till Kenny Washington built-in the league in 1946. The timing of a phase on segregation in professional sports activities match conveniently into the Left’s obsession with “systemic racism” and media genuflecting to Black Lives Matter.
Earlier than that, a report by The Day by day Present’s Roy Wooden, Jr. assured viewers that Black quarterbacks within the NFL have repeatedly been the victims of unfairness, beginning with Denver’s Marlin Briscoe in 1968. Briscoe was “the primary Black quarterback (who) additionally grew to become the primary Black quarterback to be instructed he couldn’t be a quarterback.”
Briscoe was a school quarterback drafted within the 14th spherical of the 1968 draft by Denver, and the Broncos deliberate to play him at cornerback. When the season started, the beginning QB received injured, and the backup was not an appropriate substitute. So Briscoe received his shot at quarterback and went on to set an NFL rookie report with 14 landing passes. To Wooden, although, he was a sufferer of unfairness which exists to today:
“This isn’t simply historical historical past. That is very latest. (Baltimore’s) Lamar Jackson was instructed to contemplate he ought to transfer to vast receiver when he got here to the NFL. He wasn’t even drafted but, they usually was already making an attempt to maneuver him! Do I appear to be Marlin Briscoe to you?”
Wooden sarcastically says: “Too brief? Inform Kyler (Murray) and Russ (Wilson) that. Too athletic? Come on, bro, you’ve seen Lamar (Jackson). Too political? Nicely now we’re getting’ up to date.” At this level of the diatribe, Colin Kaepernick is proven kneeling down on one knee.
“To be a black quarterback is to be black in America. It’s to face unfairness at each flip. But in some way, you push ahead and also you inform your story. From Marlin Brisco to Doug Williams, from Colin Kaepernick to Patrick Mahomes, the expertise of being a black quarterback, at instances it’s unjust, however when it’s at its finest it’s exhilarating. So identical to there’s no such factor as being too athletic there’s additionally no such factor as too black.”
Although Kaepernick is the image of disrespecting the nationwide anthem and dividing America, CBS subsequently featured the exceptional 1991 Tremendous Bowl efficiency of the nationwide anthem by the late Whitney Houston that “introduced the nation collectively.”