Are you ready for some football? How about some NFL controversy? For the last several days a video has been going viral on social media with various black men covering their favorite NFL jerseys with a black T-shirt.
#BlackOutNFL is now of a surging stand against the National Football League. Those involved are standing against NFL team owners who are making an example of former quarterback Colin Kaepernick. He chose to make a stand for black lives by first sitting out of the National Anthem and then just taking a knee when the song played.
Pastor Debliare Snell of Huntsville, Alabama said this about his support of the #BlackOut movement:
“In 2016, NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick engaged in a silent, non-violent protest,” said Snell. “He did this to raise awareness to the number of brown and black individuals that had been beaten or killed at the hands of law enforcement across this country. Since the end of last season, as a result of this protest, Colin Kaepernick has been unable to find employment in the NFL. I find that strange seeing that the NFL has employed individuals that have been convicted of sexual assault, domestic violence, cruelty to animals, along with driving while under the influence.”
The pastor continues to call the situation with Kaepernick “interesting” because some NFL owners have said on record that they are not hiring the quarterback because of the “backlash” from a particular section of their fanbase.
The #BlackOut movement advocates four actions steps:
1. Boycott the NFL (no games, no fantasy football, no jerseys, no nothing).
2. Commit to one-two hours during the NFL season to using the time you would have watching games to mentor young black boys and girls.
3. Spread the word to others.
4. “Take a knee” in prayer at 6 a.m. each morning.
Famous film director, Spike Lee, and others are planning to march on the NFL headquarters in NYC on August 23rd to protest what some call the league’s hypocrisy and racism. And some NFL players have already begun sitting out of the National Anthem during preseason games.
What do you think about this controversy surrounding the NFL? Do you support the #BlackOut movement?
Credit: The Root