WTF: New NFL policy requires athletes to stand during the National Anthem
May 23, 2018
Silent protest is too much to bear for white fragility. “NFL owners have unanimously approved a new national anthem policy that requires players to stand if they are on the field” during the National Anthem performance, ESPN reports.
The move is clearly a way to prevent athletes from protesting silently against the United States’ institutional racism and police brutality. Those who don’t want to stand have the option to go in the locker room during the anthem, which once again erases potential protests.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said: “We want people to be respectful of the national anthem. We want people to stand – that’s all personnel – and make sure they treat this moment in a respectful fashion.”
FOH! You don’t solve a problem by sweeping it under the rug. Protests will not go away.