New Day's Kofi Kingston Forced To Explain #BlackExcellence To Butthurt Wrestling Fans

On Monday, WWE superstars The New Day defeated four teams in two tag team triple threat matches to become the longest reigning tag team champions in WWE history. On Tuesday, New Day member Big E posted the following photo to Twitter, showing Raw Tag Team Champions The New Day,Raw Women's Champion Sasha Banks, and WWE Cruiserweight Champion Rich Swann with the hashtag #BlackExcellence:

While most fans understood why anyone would be proud that black wrestlers hold three championships in the WWE at the same time, it of course resulted in some tweets like this:

#AllChampionshipsMatter? This prompted New Day member Kofi Kingston to take to ironic Twitter primary-purpose-subversion service Twitlonger yesterday to explain:

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.

Progress in many ways, but in some, it seems, we still have a way to go.

Clockwise from bottom left: Rich Swann, Sasha Banks, Kofi Kingston, Big E, Xavier Woods

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