Three months ago, the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, through video footage, acknowledged that the league was wrong not to listen to players’ efforts in condemning the police brutality against people of color, especially the black. He apologized for the NFL actions that included silencing players who issued an explicit condemnation of racism.
The best-case scenario is that of the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who decided to kneel during the American National Anthem four years ago to protest against police brutality and racial oppression after killing a black man by police. Not only did it cost him his NFL career rather his inability to get back into the NFL since the 2016 season.
Goodell remarks echoed much-needed changes in the NFL league to combat systematic racism, and $250 million was pledged by the league over the next ten years to see the initiative through in succeeding.
The change of the NFL heart came amid the killing of an armed black man George Floyd in June while the policemen were pinning him down in the state of Minneapolis. One of the police officers, Derek Chauvin, kept his knee on Floyd’s neck until he lost consciousness as he repeatedly begged the officer to remove his knee because he couldn’t breathe. But his countless plea fell into dead ears as crowds of people watched in dismay, and they couldn’t help.
George Floyd’s death sparked a widespread protest across the world, condemning police brutality against people of color, particularly the black people. With black lives matters slogan altered all over and merchandise with labels of black lives, matter wore in support of the movement.
While being interviewed by Emmanuel Acho in the latter’s YouTube series Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, Goodell reaffirmed his support to players who choose to kneel during the American National Anthem in peaceful protest.
The NFL is adamant about seeing the 2020 season happen amid the COVID-19 pandemic by establishing new contingency plans to be followed and set in response to curb the spread the coronavirus among the players, coaches, employees, and the entire fraternity.
Goodell knows too well that it’s a higher time for the league to adopt a new mentality far from the old own especially at the time when there is a strong call for change in the NFL league and social justice. And he believes its time the NFL concentrate beyond its usual responsibility in providing sports entertainment.
Goodell intends to do more by supporting players, and he will be obligated to support social injustice reforms.
We should all embrace unity, love, and peace as we go about the new norm of life following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Let’s condemn social racism injustice across all platforms for no one is bigger, special than another human being despite the social class, ethnicity, race, or religion.
No one should lose their life in the custody of a police officer who is mandated to safeguard it in the first place.
Rachel Lott is a Reporter for Chroniclex After graduating from Cuyahoga Community College, Rachel got an internship at USA Evening and worked as a Reporter and Producer. Rachel has also worked as a Reporter for WKYC TV and Fox News Channel. Rachel Covers International Developments.