Close your eyes and imagine this scene.
A customer at McDonald’s is attempting to order an apple pie, as it’s the only thing they want from the restaurant. However, the employee behind the counter is trying to sell the customer on trying the cherry pie – knowing that the location doesn’t sell apple pies. But, instead of just admitting that to the customer, the employee keeps trying to suggest other desserts as a diversion, as the customer’s frustration grows.
The NFL is that McDonald’s employee. The customer is Black America.
A season after the league hilariously thought that the playing of the Black National Anthem before “The Star-Spangled Banner” during Week 1 would fix systemic racism, the NFL has decided to do it all over again – as if January 6th, 2021, didn’t happen.
According to a report from Front Office Sports, “the NFL also plans to make ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ — often referred to as the Black national anthem — a prominent part of all big league events.” The league will also slap social justice messaging on the fields – again – and on player helmets, along with PSAs that will be played in stadiums.
Who knew that singing a song that white America just discovered a few years ago at the Super Bowl and the draft, along with some stickers, was the cure for racism?
“They’re bringing back a lot of elements from last year,” a source told Front Office Sports.
Let me remind you how last year went. The league put “It Takes All Of Us” and “End Racism” in the end zones. If you were wondering, it didn’t end racism, and it doesn’t take all of us, as racism isn’t people of color’s problem to fix. It was so bad that the Texans and Chiefs got booed before the first game of the season for coming together for a moment of unity.
But, never fear, Jay-Z is here. According to the report, “Jay-Z’s Roc Nation is advising the league on the ‘Inspire Change’ initiative. Roc Nation is also working with the league to provide high-profile performers for events like the NFL Kickoff and the Super Bowl.”
WOW! The same concert performances that didn’t help race relations are on the agenda again. This sounds like an awesome plan.
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