Well, the New England Patriots are champions once again (rolls eyes), and as I scroll through my social media timelines, I see a number of people comparing the Atlanta Falcons’ Super Bowl upset to that of the election of our current President.
“How?” You may ask, well, I’m here to break it down for you.
On the surface level, the Atlanta Falcons represented Hilary. It looked like they had the game in the bag just like Hilary and the election. At one point the Falcons even lead 25-0, making it look like the Patriots had almost no real hope of winning the game, but then like Trump, the Patriots’ win came at the last minute and seemingly out of nowhere!
On a deeper level, the election comparison speaks to the culture of both cities. Atlanta has a history of being a city where minorities thrive. You have prominent historically black collegiate institutions, the home of Dr. King and the civil rights movement, you have people of color as mayors, and for the most part, homosexuality is celebrated instead of ridiculed. Atlanta is arguably one of the most progressive cities in the country, and that leads me to Boston.
Boston has a history of being one of the most racists cities in America. Minority players had been historically ridiculed, and even today there are certain parts of Boston that aren’t that welcoming to people who are “different.” Furthermore, Patriots owner, Robert Kraft, head coach, Bill Belichick, and quarterback, Tom Brady are all friends of President Trump; plus the deflate gate cheating scandal left a nasty taste in a number of people’s mouths, so their popularity took a hit, hence the popular vote Super Bowl tweets.
So now what? Well, as a Falcons fan and like former President Obama challenged those who were unhappy about the results of the election in his farewell speech, we must roll up our sleeves and get to work.
Atlanta, I’m still with you, and I’ll continue to stand with you in the coming seasons. As far as our country, we are America, and no matter what, like Falcons, we’ll always RISE UP.