A few days ago, we saw Detroit Lions take a significant step following the shooting of Jacob Blake by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Then, Milwaukee and other pro sports teams followed suit and decided not to play the previous day.
On Thursday, we saw more NFL teams cancel practice to focus on black people’s social justice issues. Some of the teams are Washington Football Team, New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts, and Green Bay Packers.
Most NFL teams announced their support on black people either on Wednesday night and Thursday morning, saying that they would spend the day discussing social justice issues on black people and how they can come with a strategy to implement the change.
The shooting of Jacob Blake occurred on Sunday, August 23, 2020. He was shot in the back seven times at short range when entering his SUV, and his three kids were in the car. Reports coming in suggest Blake is under the intensive care unit and paralyzed from waist downwards.
Police brutality still exists amid the COVID-19 pandemic that could wipe us from the earth’s face as far as more people keep getting infections and die every day. So far, there have been over 24 million confirmed cases and more than 834k deaths globally.
The good news is that the world is coming into terms of living with this deadly virus through strict government measures, such as social distancing and wearing masks in public places. By doing so, globally, we have witnessed over 17 million recoveries, and as time goes by, we expect to have a fully working vaccine.
Coach Ron Rivera of Washington Football team released a statement, where he talked on how they can return to football on Friday. But on Thursday, it will be a reflection day to dialogue on the issues of social justice and racism in the country.
A few months ago, on Monday, May 25, 2020, George Floyd, another black man, died while being restrained by Minneapolis police officers, who have been charged with murder.
Floyd’s death forced black people and other races to protest widely in the USA and other parts of the world concerning police brutality on black people. It recreated a movement named Black Lives Matter.
The NFL family and the entire fraternity are coming together to spearhead the voices of all minority groups of people in the USA, and globally regarding social justice and racism issues.
Other teams that decided not to practice on Thursday are Los Angeles Chargers, Denver Broncos, Tennessee Titans, Chicago Bears, and the Arizona Cardinals. The New Orleans Saints went on with their Thursday practice, but the team wore Blake’s name tape across their helmet.
This is not the first time we see protests in the NFL. Four years ago, we saw QB Colin Kaepernick take a knee plea during the national anthem to protest against police brutality and racial inequality.
NFL players and teams have done their part, and the voices left are those of NFL’s owners, who can use their influence to protest for social justice on black people.
Nelson Richards is a Seasoned Journalist with nearly 6 years of experience. While studying at Case Western Reserve University, Located at Cleveland. Nelson found a passion for finding and writing articles which are published in Well known Media Publications such as Tnt Publications and Ohio News Network. As a contributor to Chroniclex Nelson Covers National Topics.