When the NFL season begins next week, end zones will have social justice messages stenciled in. The end zones will read “End Racism” and “It Takes All Of Us.”
“The NFL stands with the Black community, the players, clubs and fans confronting systemic racism. We will not relent in our work,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a conference call.
The NFL also will allow players to have messages on their helmets and caps, including the name of a victim or “Stop Hate,” “It Takes All Of Us,” “End Racism” or “Black Lives Matter.”
Houston Texans safety Michael Thomas, who is an executive committee member of the NFL Players Association, also designed a T-shirt that players will be allowed to wear during pregame warmups. The front of the T-shirt reads “Injustice against one of us is injustice against all of us.” The back reads: “End racism.”
The NFL’s decision replicates what many other sports leagues have done. The NBA currently is playing on courts that say “Black Lives Matter” on them. When Major League Baseball returned this season, “BLM” was stenciled on the back of many stadiums’ pitching mounds.