WWE star Big E is one third of The New Day, who just broke the record for the longest-reigning tag team champions in WWE history. But he caused a bit of controversy last night with a tweet of a photo featuring RAW Tag Team Champions The New Day, WWE Cruiserweight Champion Rich Swann and RAW Women's Champion Sasha Banks with the hashtag "Black Excellence".
While the response to the photo was generally positive, there was a lot of negative criticism online regarding the hashtag. In fact, it got so heated that Big E's partner, Kofi Kingston, felt he had no choice but to address the situation on Twitter, releasing a statement that explains why he felt the photo, and its hashtag, were important. But Kofi made a point of stating that the "Black Excellence" hashtag is by no means meant to be divisive. Check out the original tweet, along with Kofi Kingston's statement, below:Source: YouTube
— ShinigamE (@WWEBigE) December 14, 2016
While much of the feedback has been positive, there has also been a lot of negative response with regard to the picture we posted illustrating Rich, Sasha, Xavier, E, and myself wielding our championship titles. Perhaps this is because many are in question of the motivation behind the post:
It does not come from a place of malice, spite, or gloating. It comes from a place of joy and a place of happiness. We have a very strong sense of pride in being the Black People simultaneously holding championships in WWE. Historically in our nation, there was period in time where this would not have happened, followed by a long period of time where it became possible, but had not actually materialized. Now, we are in the time in which the possibility has become a reality.
Why does this matter?
It matters because even though it is hard for some to fathom, the fact is that there are many people who feel as though it is impossible to attain certain goals because of the color of their skin. This is why we must acknowledge the color of ours in this instance. It is important for people of all races, but particularly people of color, and especially the youth, to see that it is entirely possible to achieve your dreams and aspirations regardless of your race. We are a shining example who want to be a source of motivation for others to believe in themselves and do the same.
Excellence is not the same as supremacy. #BlackExcellence is not meant to be divisive. For even if you do not fall into the specific category, you can still take enjoyment in our pride, because in the biggest picture, in a society that often focuses on the negative aspects of race relations, what has transpired with the 5 of us speaks positively to the progress we've made as a nation.
Hopefully, no one in the picture is punished over this, because I think the acts in the photo are among the most entertaining on RAW, even if it is kind of tiresome that Sasha Banks is stuck in a never-ending feud with Charlotte, or The New Day has to keep fighting The Club, ad nauseum. Ultimately, I think the photo and hashtag had positive intentions, and wasn't coming from a bad place. If anything, it's an inspiring photo, since we're at a point of greater championship-level diversity in WWE than we've had at just about any other point in history. So here's hoping the photo actually helped inspire somebody.
But what do you think of all this? Sound off in the comments!
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