While Colin Kaepernick himself is putting $25K to nonprofit United We Dream, a D.C.-based organization committed to advocating for DACA recipients and their families, NFL players are doing their part to get the organization to make a difference.
In a memo acquired by Yahoo Sports, a group of former and current players sent commissioner Rodger Goodell and Vice President of Football operations Troy Vincent to take a stand and support them in their cause for social justice initiatives. The players behind the memo include Malcolm Jenkins, Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith, and Michael Bennett.
“As we shared with you, the silence following our individual and collective demonstrations around the national anthem to raise awareness to racial inequality and issues surrounding criminal justice reform has been met with inconsistencies in press coverage and perceived lack of support,” reads the memo.
Some of the suggestions they make for support include participating in PSAs, meeting and potentially financing grassroots and social justice organizations and getting involved in urban communities to engage with families affected by social injustice. They have also called on the NFL to devote the month of November to activism awareness.
With this memo, the NFL players are sending a clear message. It’s not enough to take Black and brown boys from the hood and turn them into football stars — you need to care about their humanity, too. Let’s just hope the officials respond accordingly.