End the duopoly

The NFL is shifting social justice off itself and onto players, and the outcome will be unfair


Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images On Tuesday the NFL announced what it would be doing to raise awareness for police violence and social justice, and unsurprisingly it has no teeth. The phrases “It Takes All Of Us” and “End Racism” will be visible in end zones, and outside of that everything is on the players.

Athletes will be able to wear an approved NFLPA shirt during warmups which read “Injustice against one of us is injustice against all of us.” Alternatively they can wear a shirt with a league-approved slogan, including “Stop Hate,” ”It Takes All Of Us,” “End Racism,” or “Black Lives Matter.” Players will also be permitted to put the name of a victim of police violence on the white lower padding of their helmet.

Taking pressure off the league and putting it onto the players is the core of the NFL’s brand. It aims to say very little, instead hoping the focus will be shifted onto individual players in order to take the heat off them. By the NFL making this support optional out of cowardice, it’s going to reveal which players are cowards.

The NBA made similar displays and put the onus on players to decide how to […]

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