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#MircoblogMondays: When We Cheer (And When We Don’t)

(This post is part of #MicroblogMondays, hosted by www.stirrup-queens.com.)

We watched the Women’s World Cup last night and oh what a game. I admit I’m not much of a soccer-watcher. In fact, I’m more of a “oh, we’re in the finals and we just might win so let me jump on the bandwagon and also GO USA!” kind of person.

Anyway, here’s my thought: Wouldn’t it be great if the whole country cheered for marriage equality and civil rights in the same way we cheered in unison for the US Women’s Soccer team?

Consider Abby Wambach. Perhaps one of the greatest soccer players of our time – male or female. Strong, agile, smart, and a leader in every sense of the word. She also happens to be gay and some of the first images following her team’s spectacular win last night were of her embracing her wife.

I wonder how many people who were waving the American flag and shouting “U-S-A!” just minutes earlier were now cringing at the site of two women celebrating? My guess is quite a few, given the outrage following the Supreme Court’s recent decision on marriage equality.

Why do we celebrate athletic achievements with more collective enthusiasm and patriotism than a move toward greater equal rights for all? Is one somehow more patriotic than the other? And if so, I channel Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers when I say REALLY?!?

Seriously, though, there’s something about sports that unifies this country, don’t you think? It transcends everything and just lumps us all together as Americans. It’s a great feeling. I just wish that feeling of unity would translate into how we treat one another.

 

9 Comments

  1. Good post Kim! I agree with “…there’s something about sports that unifies this country…” and will add “music” to that sentence here in my comment, just to toss in my own $.02. Of course, your post today is only about sports and you are right on the money.

  2. I love this thought. What if everyone could be just as happy and unified when people’s rights to live full lives without caveat are what’s worth cheering for? It’s a beautiful thought I’d love to see happen.

    • Kim

      July 6, 2015 at 8:18 pm

      Thanks so much, Jess. I can’t think of anything more patriotic than cheering for all Americans.
      And wasn’t it a fantastic soccer game? Wow!

  3. I absolutely agree! I’m lucky in that my Facebook newsfeed was filled with rainbow-colored profile pictures (mine included) after the Supreme Court decision. It didn’t take long to fall back down to reality when I started to hear about the protests and outrage elsewhere. I also long for that feeling of unity we get when a sports team (Go Patriots! *grin*) wins a big game. Well stated, Kim!

  4. It would be nice if we could band together over something other than a win or a tragedy. That seems to be the only way we come together as a society — a big sports win or mourning a tragedy. What about everyday life?

    • Kim

      July 7, 2015 at 1:20 am

      Exactly. There is either a shared indignance over some great tragedy (think Boston Marathon bombing or 9/11) or a spirit of solidarity around an event like the Olympics or the World Cup win. What about the moments in between?

  5. We won? kidding… I guess with sports we can all be an “us” and the other team is the “other”. The lines are drawn differently depending on the activity or politics. But we as humans always seem to need to have “us” and “others”. I wish it were different.

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