Sports + Racism

Should We Have Boycotted the Super Bowl?

Weighing in on NFL’s biggest night in the aftermath of systemic racism allegations

Quintessa L. Williams
Published in
5 min readFeb 14, 2022

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Photo Capture of NFL logo on football field | Photo Courtesy of CBS Sports

Sunday night kicked off the 56th Super Bowl 2022, with a win from the Los Angeles Rams over the Cincinnati Bengals (23–20). This is the Rams' first Super bowl win since 1999.

As reported by CBS Sports, the Rams had their backs against the wall in the last quarter but managed to battle down the field in a 79-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown, taking a 23–20 lead over the Bengals.

The dream became a reality for wide-receiver, Odell Beckham Jr. who suffered a knee injury in the second quarter. The Rams reportedly proved whose house we were in, as for the second year in a row, they had the home-field advantage at the SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles.

As I watched social media celebrate the Los Angeles win, I couldn’t help but wonder about the real problem on the NFL’s hands.

And I had to ask: Should we have boycotted the Super Bowl?

In an Undefeated 2019 survey, Black and White participants were asked if they watched more, fewer, or the same number of NFL compared to the past football seasons. 37% of Black participants stated that the player protests have caused them to reexamine their own opinions on police brutality and economic equality, compared to the 19% of white participants.

Participants were also asked whether they feel the NFL has done too much, or not enough to show respect for its black players, with 56% Black participants stating “not enough” and 51% White participants stating “just enough.”

The consensus is clear and ergo: it’s giving a very big white problem.

The Super Bowl halftime show was highlighted by a historical mark from hip-hop legends Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar, and Eminem, with surprise guests 50 Cent and Anderson .Paak. It was the first time hip-hop artists have headlined the showcase. During his performance in , Eminem took a knee in protest despite reports NFL told him not to. This was perhaps the most controversial, but fearless moment in the showcase.

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Quintessa L. Williams
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