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Another First… And?

Posted by Ryan on February 3, 2007

Condi Rice has picked the Indianapolis Colts to win the Super Bowl tomorrow, being the first black Secretary of State to pick a Super Bowl team! Woo hoo, another first!  And?

As a GenX-er, I find all of these racial and gender firsts to be a bit drole and rather quaint in 2007. Lovie Smith and Tony Dungy are part of a Super Bowl first: two black coaches squaring off against each other. Does that mean the game’ll be better? Does that mean the Colts will win like I hope they do? Does this mean we’re entering a new age of racial equality and harmony? No.

Having only remembered the Boston busing issue as a child, thinking Jesse Jackson was sketchy in 1984, and rooting for the National Guard in the LA riots of 1992, I do not remember much of the civil rights movement. I suppose if I were black or female I would nod my head in approval, but in my GenX point of view, just showing up to work doesn’t mean one is going to do a good job at the end of the day. The best thing for Lovie and Tony to do is to get their teams to play a great game. I wanted Bill Cowher and Mike Holmgren to do the same last year, regardless of the fact that they were both white men. I also happen to think that voting for someone for race or gender purposes has the same drole, quaint and potentially shallow nature and consequences. Let’s clap, give them their due, and move on. I would totally vote for a black or female president if they could make a good case, but not simply because we need a new “first” to pine over.

BBC picture.

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