Racism and police brutality have been sensitive topics in the United States in recent months. Local sports have taken the fight for social justice personal, and major leagues like the NBA, MLS, MLB and NHL have joined massive protests on and off the court. Now, with the start of the NFL, something different is not expected. The players of Miami dolphins, who make their debut in the regular season this Sunday, have announced that they will make their discontent known, as did the Kansas City Chiefs in the opening of the campaign-
As has happened in other sports, the NFL will honor the African American community by playing ‘Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing’ (popularly known as the anthem of the black community) before games. This gesture has been well received by fans and players, but rejected by others. The reason for the rejection is simple. For many African Americans, being treated differently, positive or negative, fuels division.
Pronouncement of the Dophins
“This attempt to unify only creates more division. So we’ll skip this song and dance, and as a team we’ll stay inside. We need changed hearts, not just a response to pressure. Enough, no more nonsense and empty gestures. We need owners with influence and pockets bigger than ours to make a call to officials and make political power more flexible »say the players of Miami dolphins in a video broadcast on the networks.
Thus, Miami dolphins becomes the first franchise of the NFL in demonstrating against this league’s recognition of the African American community. The franchise players have reported that they will remain in the locker room while the ‘black anthem’ plays as a sign of disagreement with the measure. Likewise, they encouraged change to come through political and legislative changes.
The history of the Florida team in fighting racism is long. It should be remembered that Kenny Stills, Michael Thomas, Arian Foster and Jelani Jenkins were among the first sports figures to support Colin Kaepernick in his initiative to kneel during the national anthem since 2016. To this day, this has become a sign universal discontent over racial inequality.