NFL Announces They'll Play 'Black National Anthem' Before Games, but Here's What Jemele Hill and BLM Co-Founder Want

Carolina Panthers’ Eric Reid (25) kneels as Cam Newton (1) stands during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Jason E. Miczek)

The Associated Press reported last night that they had been informed by a source within the NFL that “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” sometimes referred to as the ‘black national anthem,’ will be performed before “The Star-Spangled Banner” prior to each NFL game during Week 1 games.

On top of that, the league said they were considering doing something further to recognize the victims of police brutality, such as having their names on helmet decals or patches on people’s jerseys.

From the AP:

The person said the league is working collaboratively with players to recognize victims of systemic racism throughout the season in a variety of ways. The person spoke to the AP on Thursday on condition of anonymity because discussions between the league and the NFL Players Association are ongoing.

Additional plans include the use of educational programs and storytelling about the victims and their families similar to the league’s PSA on Botham Jean released in January and the Super Bowl commercial on Corey Jones featuring his cousin, former NFL star Anquan Boldin.


This is on top of what they’ve already said about committing $250 million to combat “systemic racism.”

Of course, it’s the first week when it’s questionable as to who will be in attendance if anyone, because of the pandemic.

But for those on the left, that reaction wasn’t enough, with some saying they should also be hiring back Colin Kaepernick.

That wouldn’t be enough for Jemele Hill either. Here’s what she said in The Atlantic.

If Black lives truly matter to the owners—beyond just the Black players who help them fill stadiums and add zeros to their bank accounts—they will eschew their own comfort and prove that their intentions are serious.

Ross can’t just throw money at complex social-justice issues and expect that to absolve him of his affiliation with Trump, whose administration has proudly obstructed the very progress that Ross now claims he’s dedicated to making. He needs to send the message that he’s serious about his commitment to eradicating injustice by distancing himself from Trump.

Indeed, when the the NFL talks about embracing the Black Lives Matter movement, what does that mean? If it means that they support the idea that “black lives matter” (not the group), that should be a self-evident truism. But if they mean the specific group, the group that, like Jemele Hill. has the goal of getting the President out of office, this is what that group wants according to Patrisse Cullors, one of the co-founders.


“Our goal is to get Trump out,” she told Jake Tapper.


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