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NFL to play ‘Black national anthem’ before week 1 of games during 2020-2021 regular season

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THE NFL will do their part in the continued fight against systemic racism and police brutality toward African-Americans, as they plan on playing the Black national anthem before every Week 1 game.

According to ESPN, the league plans on playing or live-performing Lift Every Voice and Sing, which is traditionally known as the Black national anthem. The song will be played before The Star-Spangled Banner to start off the new season.

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The NFL plans on playing or live-performing Lift Every Voice and Sing, which is considered the Black national anthem before every Week 1 game of the 2020-2021 season[/caption]

The NFL and the NFL Players Association are also considering other ways to recognize the victims of police brutality during the upcoming season, which is set to kick-off on Sep. 10 as the defending champions, Kansas City Chiefs host the Houston Texans.

Among the ideas the league plans on doing is listing the names of victims on helmet decals or jersey patches, ESPN reported.

The decision comes in the weeks after commissioner Roger Goodell, admitted that the league fumbled its handling of peaceful NFL player protests of police brutality and systemic oppression.

Goodell condemned racism and affirmed that Black lives matter, pledging his allegiance to the players in the battle for equal justice under the law.

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After the death of George Floyd, Black Lives Matter protesters have stormed the country demanding an end to system racism and police brutality[/caption]

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The NFL are planning to honor the names of victims of police brutality either on helmet decals or jersey patches[/caption]

The NFL has since committed $250million to fight systemic racism over the next 10 years, and Goodell has urged teams to sign quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick, has been unable to land a contract since he knelt during the national anthem to protest police brutality in 2016.

The league hopes its efforts demonstrate “a genuine commitment to the public, players and coaches and that player voice continue to be heard,” a source told ESPN.

“This is key to educating fans, and becoming a prominent voice in the fight to end racism.”

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