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It was just a game, but the Atlanta Falcons’ loss to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl felt like Donald Trump’s victory on Election Night.

When it comes down to play on the field, the Falcons had an opportunity to capture the franchise’s first Super Bowl victory. Even after squandering a 25-point lead, the Falcons could have iced the game in the fourth quarter by running the ball and kicking a field goal near the 30-yard line. But on 2nd and 11, Ryan took a sack, an offsides penalty was called, and the Falcons were forced to punt. The Falcons’ offense would never touch the ball again as the Patriots captured victory in what stands as the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history.

But the Falcons and Patriots represented more than two teams playing a football game. The Falcons represent a place that stands as the last prominent Black city in America. It’s a city where most of the elected officials are Black; it’s home to several of the top Black-owned companies in America; it’s a city that features HBCU colleges such as Spelman, Morehouse, and CAU; it’s the epicenter of hip-hop and culture; and Atlanta is the home of the Civil Rights Movement. Even as gentrification threatens, you would be hard-pressed to find another American city that is as Black and diverse as Atlanta.

On the other hand, New England, primarily Boston, is the total opposite when it comes to inclusion and diversity. It’s a place that is notoriously known as the most racist city in America. Boston was one of the last major cities in America to desegregate its public schools. White public school officials disobeyed the Racial Imbalance Act for decades as other Whites reacted with violence following integration.

While segregation is an issue in every city, including Atlanta, Blacks who attempted to segregate or even visit certain White majority communities in Boston were often met with racial slurs and violence. Following the election of Donald Trump, Boston authorities fielded over 400 complaints of hate crimes in a span of four days.

Boston is a city where racism continues to affect education, employment rates, livelihood, and even the professional sports teams. The Boston Red Sox were the last MLB team to put a Black player on the field. And Black pro athletes who have played in Boston have faced racist insults by White fans.

When it comes to the New England Patriots, they represent everything bad about Boston due to the team’s affiliation with Donald Trump. Trump is close friends with the Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft, coach Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. The team’s three most influential leaders are aligned with a president who continues to embrace bigotry and racist ideologies.

Moreover, Kraft is also a friend of Vladimir Putin. But, allegedly, Putin stole one of his Super Bowl rings during a visit to Russia in 2005. Kraft hopes that Trump can retrieve his ring from Putin some day.

These facts do not suggest that every Patriots fan or player is bigoted. Patriots’ player Martellus Bennett will refuse to meet Trump at the White House when the team visits.

However, the fact that the Patriots’ leaders could surround themselves with people such as Trump and Putin should be alarming. Belichick and Brady have both cheated and used deception to gain victories. They have challenged the integrity of the game of football and basically gone unpunished. It’s a similar tactic being used by Trump to disobey and challenge the U.S. Constitution. Within two weeks of taking office, Trump took despotic actions. It’s up to the U.S. House, Senate, and federal judges to keep Trump in check.

On the football field, the Falcons had a chance to silence the most despicable three-headed monster and team in NFL history. But just like the presidential Election Night, the bad guys won and the Patriots’ evilness, Boston’s racism, and Trump’s insanity will continue to reign.

A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents music, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

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  • Kilban

    U guys r serious. Wow. Comparing a football game full of players of diff races and backgrounds to a political event…a stretch. Then to say Boston is closed minded and bigoted when Massachussets voted overwhelmingly for Dubious Hillary. U put down ppl just bec they support a particular candidate under ur phony “we’re open minded and tolerant” fakeness. So far, it appears at least Trump is meeting w/ diff black leaders to try and do something positive in the inner cities, which is more than I can say for our last president. Oh, btw, I think it was Arthur Blank and the Falcons who were fined for using fake crowd noise to amp up the volume at games. Get over ur holy selves.

    • angel_dafaucet

      Those are not our leaders he’s meeting with. He’s just picking random famous/rich black folks to meet with. Our real leaders are the ones he makes disparaging remarks about and undermines their work in the black community.

    • A.R.

      @kilban Thanks for commenting, but please read the line “These facts do not suggest that every Patriots fan or player is bigoted.”
      But Boston racism is based on facts, it’s a city notoriously known for its hatred against minorities. The fact that Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady align themselves with a man such as Trump speaks volumes.

      • Not about that life

        Yes of course Boston is racist, it’s an American city but no more racist than other American cities. It kind of ridiculous that I keep hearing that there are a bunch of Trump supporters up here when 5 of the six New England states voted for Hillary and GA. overwhelmingly voted for Trump. Nothing but a bunch of butt hurt fans tires of seeing Pats win all the time. Let it go.

  • VLF

    Show me one “fact” that exemplifies Blank, Quinn and Ryan denouncing Trump? Show me how they are not aligned with Trump. So if Blank, Quinn and Ryan favor supporting the president will they too become assimilated into this monster you write about? The Patriots lost more superbowls than they have won? Is cheating to gain victories that covert that they only cheat every 3 or 4 years to keep up appearances? Sir…use your platform to encourage fans to stick by the mighty Falcons as they prepare for next year rather than stretch out miserable garbage. I live in Georgia and it’s one of the most diverse places that we’ve ever lived in. Latino, Asian and West Indians galore. Next time don’t let your rage dictate the tone of your article. Writers should be unbiased to some degree. It makes for a better thesis.

    • A.R.

      @disqus_TWetn8ONY8:disqus Thanks for your comment. But Author Blank was a supporter of Barack Obama and held several fundraisers for him during his 2008 and 2012 campaigns. There is no evidence that he supports Trump. The point was that sports can represent the fabric of city. Atlanta’s diversity is mirrored on this year’s Falcons squad. Coach Quinn has even invited artists such as T.I. and Usher to practice and games. On the other end, Boston’s history of racism is mirrored with the Patriots. Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady’s support of Trump says a lot about who they are. Anyone who can remain friends with an overt bigot has issues. But you wouldn’t understand Boston racism unless you experienced it or read about it. So here is a link for your education.

      400 hate crimes in 1 week: https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/11/23/mass-hate-crime-hot-line-fields-complaints-just-over-week/NsZmEI4tNPa6gZ5IPxf60K/story.html

      • VLF

        Thanks for the link. Remember that “Hate Crimes” also include gender, sexism and religious views of oppression under the mirrored racism that you purport. You write like an angry fair weather fan who needed to vent and not an established staff writer with an unbiased thought provoking essay. This mirrored racism is false because the Kraft and them are still friends with a bigot amd have issues for remaining friends is a pathetic reach at attaching them as part of the racism in Bostons past and present. Trump speaks down in women as well. Where are your profound words about that? Is he anti woman or just a horrible guy? If the Falcons won the superbowl would you still write this bad comedy you call an article? In all of the false rhetoric about the mirrored racism you failed to mention how the Patriots do so much for low income communities and how all of the Boston professional sports teams have contributed innumerable financial support for the people of the city. You just used the mirror thesis as a excuse to mask your sadness over 1 lousy game night.

        • A.R.

          @disqus_TWetn8ONY8:disqus It’s not a reach if a franchise that is located in the most racist city in America is led by three individuals who support a racist tyrant. In the article, I noted that every player or fan does not represent that same bigotry. However, the most notable members of the Patriots are guilty of embracing bigotry and so is the city of Boston. I tweeted about this hours before the game. This has little to do with what occurred on the field and more about what each team represents. When most people think of the culture of the Falcons and Atlanta, urban music often comes to mind. They go hand-and-hand. Boston’s racism and the Patriots leaders’ alignment with Trump creates an attachment that is real whether you agree with it or not.

          • VLF

            You keep calling it an alignment? It’s a professional and personal friendship therefore you have no clue about any conversations that took place amongst friends. Neither do I. We don’t know if Trump apologized to his friends or whatever may or may not have been spilled into social media. All you’ve done was abuse your platform to accuse 3 men of blatant disregard and allignment with someone who has said horrible things. Then you use a city and state to further try to create some kind of racist agenda. You do not know why or if they have dealt with what theor friend has said. Nor do they have to tell you why they are still rolling with Trump. That is unbiased poor writing. As a fellow writer that is my opinion.

      • Wil

        To A.R. – Boston’s history of racism is mirrored with the Patriots?!?!?! Wow..you’re reaching for the stars there. Georgie alone has a horrible history of racism but no need to go there. But let’s examine your sentence. Very subjective needless to say. Show me a history of racial connection with Boston and the Patriots. Pats been winning and Trump was never mentioned before. But now he is. ?That’s displaced anger my brother. Get a grip and snap out of it.

        • Not about that life

          Being from Massachusetts and going to an HBCU in the late 90s I have heard this narrative being pushed for quite a while and it is usually based on our sports teams having white stars competing at a high level against teams with black stars . The Celtics won with Larry Bird/Kevin McHale vs. the Lakers Magic/ Kareem so Boston is racist. My college roommate and I would always get into these debates all the time. He would swear Boston was the most racist simply off that and had never been in the city lol.

    • Not about that life

      Exactly!

  • Wil

    First off. Mass is a democratic state..while GA is a republican state..What a pitiful article..secondly. Atlanta blew it with bad play calling to close out a game against a team playing with their backs against the wall being down 25 points. Hillary didn’t lead all night and Trump miracously came back and won. Attaching Trump’s name to the Pats just to make them look bad and get hated on is low and pathetic. ?? Can’t come up with anything concrete. No deflate gate, no spygate, to fuel their hate. Just can’t accept the fact that the Patriots are winners and know how to win. What a horrible article. Matt Ryan played in Boston so based on your irrational thinking, I suppose he’s racist. ? What a crying joke. Get a grip, the Falcons got tired and couldn’t close the game out. Patriots are veterans in the Super Bowl and know it’s a marathon and not a sprint.

  • Not about that life

    Comparing the significance of a game to a Presidential election is ridiculous. I wasn’t around to but from what I’m told a better comparison would’ve been the first Ali v. Frazier fight.