The National Football League announced it will play what is known as the Black national anthem before every Week 1 game, ESPN reported exclusively.
The sports network also reports that the league is considering a plan to add the names of victims of police brutality to the uniforms of players “through decals on helmets or patches on jerseys.”
“The NFL also may produce educational programs about victims,” ESPN reported.
I didn’t know there were two national anthems— a white and black national anthem. No matter. The NFL can screw itself.https://t.co/KUnUdEsHIH
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) July 2, 2020
It is unclear if fans would be expected to stand at attention during the singing of “Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing.” The Star-Spangled Banner would follow, ESPN reported.
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“Black communities across the globe continue to be vulnerable in very unique and unsettling ways,” UCLA professor Shana Redmond told NPR in 2018. “To sing this song is to revive that past — but also to recognize, as the lyrics of the song reveal, that there is a hopeful future that might come of it.”
“Lift Every Voice And Sing,” commonly known as the Black national anthem, is expected to be performed live or played before every Week 1 NFL game – ESPN
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In June the NFL announced it was pledging $250 million over 10 years to “combat systemic racism and support the battle against the ongoing and historic injustices faced by African-Americans,” Bleacher Report noted.
What do you think is going to happen to a player who takes a knee during that song?