The NFL announced plans to perform or play the black national anthem, before games during the beginning of this year’s season, ESPN reports.
‘Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing,’ traditionally referred to as the black national anthem, will be performed before ‘The Star-Spangled Banner,’ during the season opener on September 10, when the Kansas City Chiefs host the Houston Texans.
The NFL, in collaboration with the NFL Players Association, is also considering featuring names of victims who suffered police brutality on uniforms, helmets or patches on jerseys.
The decision comes as the league hopes to demonstrate ‘a genuine commitment to the public, players and coaches and that player voices continue to be heard,’ the source wrote in a text message.
‘This is key to educating fans, and becoming a prominent voice in the fight to end racism.’
The NFL has recently displayed increased awareness about the issues of systemic racism, with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell admitting the league was wrong in how it approached NFL players protesting police brutality and systemic racism over the past few years.
In the 1 minute, 21 second video uploaded to Goodell’s Twitter account last month, the NFL commissioner condemned racism, pledging his allegiance to equal justice for players and affirming that Black lives do matter.
‘We, the National Football League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people,’ Goodell said.
‘We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all players to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the National Football League, believe that black lives matter.’
Goodell continued by saying he would begin connecting with players who are making their voices heard adding: ‘Without black players, there would be no National Football League, and the protests around the country are emblematic of the centuries of silence, inequality and oppression of black players, coaches, fans and staff.’
Goodell released the video as a response to requests made by more than a dozen star players, including quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson.
The league also revealed plans to increase its social justice footprint by pledging to donate $250 million over a 10-year period, ESPN reports.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail – SANDRA SALATHE