Marshawn Lynch is the unofficial mayor of Oakland. A town long associated with resistance and Black Power, Oakland is personified in Marshawn’s style, elusive nature, and outspoken politics. Beastmode came out of retirement so he could play for his home team before they pack up and head for Las Vegas, assuming the deal to switch cities holds together.
When we say he is back in Oakland, we mean he is really back home. Since returning to play for the Raiders, he has also opened up a clothing boutique for his Beast Mode brand near the heart of downtown Oakland and he managed to rescue a soul food restaurant from bankruptcy in nearby Emeryville. He has done all this while he continues to take a seat for the singing of the national anthem before football games. This brother has been protesting the controversial song since before it was a trending topic with a hashtag.
A recent clip of Marshawn getting hyphy to Keak da Sneak’s SuperHyphy
showed the entire stadium going wild, except for the visiting New York Jets who called the spectacle “demoralizing”. The Raiders’ win record puts them at number 3 in the AFC West and the team, long represented as an underdog, has fans (collectively known as the Raider nation) that live and die for their squad. Hearing them chant BEAST MODE in celebration on the day he scored his first touchdown for the Black and Silver was a classic moment, complete with Marshawn giving the Thizz face and shaking his dreads.
Oakland is a town that needs a hero worth looking up to for the right reasons. Steph Curry and the Warriors are other great examples but none of them are homegrown like Marshawn Lynch. Marshawn has shown athletic dominance, smart financial planning and an authentic attitude that celebrates Black excellence. With scandals related to human trafficking plaguing the notoriously corrupt Oakland PD and the city literally going up in flames due to recent construction fires, having a hometown success story not afraid to be himself is an inspiration to thousands.