The NFL has announced plans to have the Black national anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” played or performed before every week 1 game.
According to a report from The Undefeated, the performance of the Black national anthem will precede the performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Having recently displayed increased awareness about the problems of systemic racism, the NFL, in collaboration with the NFL Players Association, is also considering listing the names of victims on uniforms through decals on helmets or patches on jerseys. The NFL also may produce educational programs about victims, among other plans.
The season opener is slated for September 10, with the Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Houston Texans.
This awakening that the NFL is undergoing is very interesting to watch especially considering how everything went down with Colin Kaepernick, who was doing his best to bring the same issues to the forefront by taking a knee.
In other National Football League news…
Nike has snatched the Washington Redskins name and all of their apparel from their online store.
Nike was one of several companies to receive letters from investors demanding they sever ties with Washington until they change the name of the team.
Looks like Washington has some work to do picking out a new name.