Patrick Mahomes Wig Triggers Some Woke Folk
Patrick Mahomes Wig Triggers Some Woke Folk
February 10, 2021
As someone who lives in the Kansas City metro, I can say with certainty that the city loves Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. After all, he took the Chiefs to the Super Bowl in 2020 for their first victory in 50 years, as well as a return trip to the big game in 2021. Despite the team’s crushing loss on Sunday, Mahomes promised that they will return to the Big Dance. And Chiefs Kingdom believes him.
So you can see why Kansas Citians wear his number, his jersey, and even imitate his unique hairstyle. But if you’re white, you’d better think twice about that hair.
On the Tuesday before Super Bowl Sunday, a Kansas City area high school held a Chiefs Spirit Day. One teacher wore a Mahomes No. 15 jersey, and topped it off with a wig mimicking the QB’s Afro/Mohawk-style which is, as my husband puts it, Mahomes’s “man style.” It’s also a popular hairstyle for Kansas City kids, too.
The problem, however, is that the teacher who sported the Patrick Mahomes wig is white, which triggered some students, parents, and a writer at the Kansas City Star. Some of them demanded that the high school’s principal address the issue. “How does it make Black students feel to see a white faculty member sporting an Afro . . .” wrote Star opinion writer Toriano Porter.
But Porter went beyond just the principal. He reached out to the Kansas City Chiefs, singling out Patrick Mahomes himself.
“Some think the issue is no big deal. And I asked the Chiefs if Mahomes had considered the message the headband-wig combo could send.”
“I hadn’t heard back as of Tuesday evening.”
Good luck with that. This is a football team which hasn’t (yet) sacrificed itself on the altar of political correctness. Unlike the “Washington Football Team,” formerly known as the Redskins, the Kansas City Chiefs have not dropped their name or eliminated the arrowhead logo. And while headdresses and face paint are no longer allowed at Arrowhead Stadium, fans still do the tomahawk chop. They even did the chop at the Super Bowl, which irritated a New York Times sports writer. Rubes from Flyover Country, you know.
Plus, you can buy Patrick Mahomes Afro/Mohawk-headband wigs at local grocery stores and online at Amazon. Look, there’s the man himself in this Amazon ad, standing between two white kids wearing the wigs.
I’ll hazard a guess here that Patrick Mahomes isn’t losing sleep over lending his image to market these wigs. After all, he’s making money off these, as well as endorsements from companies like State Farm, Adidas, and Oakley. Hell, there’s even a Patrick Mahomes cereal box series you can find at local KC grocery stores.
However, I wonder where were the tender hothouse flowers so easily offended by a silly wig when the very white Rachel Dolezal passed herself off as a black woman? She still, in fact, peddles black-themed original art. There’s also Shaun King, aka “Talcum X,” a very white man who poses as a black activist.
Except that these two frauds are shills for BLM and leftwing politics. The Mahomes wig, on the other hand, is low-hanging fruit for race-baiters who sniff out bigotry everywhere. As my late father-in-law used to say: “Some people climb a tree to be offended when it’s easier just to stay on the ground.”
Whatever happened to the old adage “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”? That teacher, like scores of other Chiefs fans, wore a Patrick Mahomes wig on Spirit Day not to mock his race (which is biracial), or to ridicule black people, but because KC adores him. Kids want to be him. Mahomes even chose to live in Kansas City, for heaven’s sake, rather than in Malibu or Palm Beach with the swells.
If these complainers are looking to earn social justice points, they chose the wrong target. Chiefs fans wear Mahomes’s jerseys and number and wigs because we’re all “Mahomies” in Kansas City.
Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!
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