Woke NFL To Display Social Justice Statements in End Zones
Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner who was widely criticized over his handling of the Colin Kaepernick controversy, has been making it a point to prove he’s as just as woke as the next league and just announced that end zones in every stadium will promote social justice messages during the 2020 season.
“The NFL stands with the Black community, the players, clubs and fans confronting systemic racism,” he said. “We will not relent in our work.”
The commissioner said that the league is going to put the words “End racism” and “It takes all of us” in the end zones of every stadium in the league, according to NBC Sports.
The NFL, like other professional sports, has been vocal in its support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Critics have said if Goodell truly means what he says, he should resign. But Goodell, who according to USA Today pulls in up to $40 million per year, will likely not be motivated to step away from the position and offer it to a qualified minority candidate.
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But the league has had some false starts in its effort to change with the times. Drew Brees, the legendary quarterback, seemed to have trouble finding his footing after he was forced to apologize a few months ago after saying he would never agree with someone “disrespecting the flag of the United States of America.”
Like Goodell, critics have accused Brees of overcompensating as of late. Brees put the name of Jacob Blake, the black man shot seven times by Kenosha police, who became another symbol of the civil rights movement.
The Federalist wrote that if Blake was some kind of family man “who just happened to twitch during a tense encounter with police, this would all seem perfectly appropriate. There’s just one problem: not only was Blake aggressively resisting arrest in the incident that’s left him paralyzed, but he also had a warrant out for his arrest due to a charge of sexual assault.”
But critics of the BLM movement say that there is no such thing as woke enough, and any question about the character of a person shot by police must not be considered.
Fans of these leagues used to watch sports to get away from the grind of reality, just for a moment. But now have to hear LeBron James become the unofficial spokesman of the black community every time there’s a police-involved shooting, while he goes home to Brentwood, Los Angeles, that has a 1.2 percent black population.