Apparently the NFL doesn’t believe blacks are Americans. Starting this season, the Black National Anthem will be played before the American National Anthem before every game and special event. The NFL is also going to allow players to put the names of those they consider victims of police brutality on their helmets and uniforms.
We’re either one nation with one Flag and National Anthem or we’re two separate nations living together.
The NFL plans to play the black national anthem before every game in the first week of the 2021 season, according to a new report.
Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing, traditionally referred to as the black national anthem, will be performed before The Star-Spangled Banner to kick off each game in Week 1, beginning with the September 10 season opener when the Kansas City Chiefs host the Houston Texans.
A source familiar with the league’s discussions confirmed the controversial change to ESPN’s The Undefeated on Thursday.
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 source said.
How about putting the names of police officers killed in the line of duty on their uniforms?
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,’ they said.
The source said the league is also considering producing educational programs about police brutality victims, among other plans.
Front Office Sports – which broke the story about the black national anthem being played before games on Wednesday – said the NFL plans to make it a ‘prominent part of big league events’.
The outlet reported that it could be played before primetime games, the Super Bowl and the NFL draft, in addition to Week 1 games.
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