New 'Woke' Patriots Head Coach Targets Racism, Emphasizes Seeing Color

New Era Begins for Patriots with Mayo's Leadership.

by Nouman Rasool
New 'Woke' Patriots Head Coach Targets Racism, Emphasizes Seeing Color
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In a groundbreaking move for the New England Patriots, Jerod Mayo steps in as the team's first black head coach, bringing with him a fresh perspective on race and its role in the sport. Mayo's recent statements about actively confronting racism and acknowledging the significance of race in the coaching realm have sparked considerable conversation, especially against the backdrop of contrasting views from other NFL coaches.

Emphasizing the importance of his role, Mayo stated, “You better believe being the first black head coach here in New England means a lot to me. I do see color because I believe if you don’t see color, you can’t see racism”.

His words reflect a proactive stance towards addressing racial issues, a viewpoint that resonates with many in today’s socially conscious climate.

Mayo Champions Inclusivity

Mayo further elaborated, “Whatever happens, black, white, disabled person — even someone with disabilities, for the most part people are like — when they’re young, they kind of make the spot hot.

Younger people know what that means”. He urges an understanding and inclusive approach, emphasizing, “It goes back to whatever it is, black, white, yellow, it really doesn’t matter, but it does matter, so we can try to fix the problem that we all know we have”.

This perspective starkly contrasts with the stance of Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles, who has downplayed the significance of race in coaching. “I have a lot of very good white friends that coach in this league as well, and I don’t think it’s a big deal,” Bowles remarked.

He added, “As far as us coaching against each other, I think it’s normal … We don’t look at color. I think the minute you guys stop making a big deal about it, everybody else will as well”.