Back in July, the National Football League was said to b continuing their fight against systemic racism by including the messages “It Takes All of Us” and “End Racism” stenciled in the end zone borders.
This week, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed that news.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says on a call that the phrases "End Racism" and "It Takes All Of Us" will appear in the end zones this year.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) September 1, 2020
A memo that was shared in July said the idea behind the end zone messages is to show “how football and the NFL brings people together to work as one and use our example and our actions to help conquer racism.”
The NFL informed clubs today of plans to amplify its social justice initiatives, including helmet decals and signage in end zones for kickoff games and club home openers. pic.twitter.com/p4lt27tmEY
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 27, 2020
“Each player will have the option to honor an individual by displaying that person’s name via a decal on the back of their helmet,” the memo said. “Players will be offered a list of names and short biographical information to help guide their decision-making, however, they can also select a victim of systemic racism who is not represented on this list.”
Michael Thomas, Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, Ezekiel Elliott and Saquon Barkley were among those who asked the NFL to take a stronger stance against systemic racism and police brutality after the killing of Floyd. The movement has only gotten stronger since the shooting of Jacob Blake.
“A message on behalf of the nfl” pic.twitter.com/iilDpnZfyV
— Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) June 5, 2020