The NFL is doing its best to right previous wrongs.
Following players speaking up about the fatal arrest of George Floyd and the civil unrest breaking out around the world and a rogue employee sharing the video on the NFL’s Twitter account, Roger Goodell made an exceptional pivot. The league’s commissioner finally admitted that both he and the National Football League were on the wrong side of history when it came to Colin Kaepernick’s peaceful protest against systemic racism and the police brutality against Black people.
In another first, a memo that was reportedly sent out by Roger Goodell to staff on Friday morning (June.12) stated that NFL will now observe Juneteenth (June. 19) as a league holiday, meaning the league office will be closed. In the memo, Goodell writes:
“It is a day to reflect on our past, but more importantly, consider how each one of us can continue to show up and band together to work toward a better future.”
For those who need a history lesson, Juneteenth is a celebration that commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States. Back on June 19, 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, announcing the end of the Civil War and that all slaves would set free.
The NFL is not the only organization to make this move. Nike also announced it would observe Juneteenth as an annual paid holiday for its employees. We are glad to see that corporations are starting to make a move that should have been made a long time ago.
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