NFL To Add Social Justice Messages To End Zones
By Kelton Brooks
September 1, 2020
Reaching the end zone this season for NFL players will have even more of an impact. The league has announced end zones will read "End Racism" and "It Takes All Of Us" to support the players in raising awareness for social justice.
“The NFL stands with the Black community, the players, clubs, and fans confronting systemic racism. We will not relent in our work,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a conference call.
The NFL will allow players to have messages on their helmets and caps, including the name of a victim of police brutality or "Stop Hate," "It Takes All Of Us," "End Racism" or "Black Lives Matter."
The decision by the NFL models the NBA’s efforts in highlighting social justice messages on the playing field. “Black Lives Matters” is written on the courts inside the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex as players perform in the NBA playoffs. NBA players also have messages on the back of their jerseys, such as “I Am A Man,” “Say Her Name,” "Equality," and “Enough.”
Goodell and the NFL have supported the NFL players since a viral video to call the end to racism, police brutality, and discrimination was launched and spearheaded by New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas, and reigning Super Bowl MVP quarterback, Patrick Mahomes.
"We had invited him in several times to have the conversation, to have the dialogue," Goodell said in the video "I wish we had the benefit of that. We never did. And we would've benefited from that, absolutely."
The NFL season resumes on September 13 with plans to limit fans or have no fans at all due to COVID-19.
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