Going all in on racial justice, the NFL will reportedly begin every game of the first week of the season with the song, “Life Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” which has long been known as the Black national anthem. According to ESPN, the league is also looking at a variety of other things they can do to prove their commitment to the Black Lives Matter movement.
The song would be performed before “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the source said. The NFL’s season opener is scheduled for Sept. 10, with the Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Houston Texans.
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.
A source told ESPN that the league hopes that their actions will show “a genuine commitment to the public, players, and coaches and that player voices will continue to be heard.”
“This is key to educating fans,” the source said, “and becoming a prominent voice in the fight to end racism.”
Uh-huh. Is it really the NFL’s responsibility to “educate” fans about the BLM agenda? Is that really what football fans are tuning in for? Why isn’t it enough for these players to just…play the game? Must we turn everything from pancake syrup to professional football into an occasion for politics?
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell released a video last month in which he issued a mea culpa for how the league has handled police protests in the past, condemned racism, and said those three magic words that prove you’re one of the good guys: “Black lives matter.” He also revealed that the NFL will donate a $250 million to social justice groups over the next decade. And, of course, he basically begged any team that would listen to hire Colin Kaepernick. So far, no takers on that one.
Meanwhile, woke corporations are once again trying to prove their commitment to The Struggle by pressuring the Washington Redskins to change their name. FedEx was first out of the gates this week when they issued this declamatory statement: “We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name.”
In 2013, Redskins owner Dan Snyder told USA Today that he would “NEVER” change the name of the team. We’ll see if he remains faithful to that vow in today’s cancel climate.