All you have to be is white (to be credited with Super Bowl victory)?

From the movie Being There:

Louise (the former housekeeper, watching Chance on television): It’s for sure a white man’s world in America. Look here: I raised that boy since he was the size of a piss-ant. And I’ll say right now, he never learned to read and write. No, sir. Had no brains at all. Was stuffed with rice pudding between th’ ears. Shortchanged by the Lord, and dumb as a jackass. Look at him now! Yes, sir, all you’ve gotta be is white in America, to get whatever you want. Gobbledy-gook!

I’m not a football fan but I enjoyed watching this year’s Super Bowl at a friend’s house. To my untrained eye, the most critical point in the game was Patriot Malcolm Butler’s interception of a pass from the Seahawks quarterback during, literally, the last minute of the game. How did the New York Times describe the game? The summary on the home page:

With a late interception, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady won their fourth title, making them one of the most successful combinations of a coach and a quarterback in pro football.

So it was one of these two white guys who intercepted the pass? Clicking through to the full article contained some information about Butler, but not until the third paragraph (Belichick and Brady were mentioned in the first).

Did I miss something? Why doesn’t MalcolmĀ Butler, who happens to be black, get the first credit?

Philip Greenspun’s Weblog

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