By Carma Henry

An Open Letter to National Football League (NFL) Players: It’s time to find your courage

By Kaia Wright

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”-Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dear NFL Players:

It’s time to find your courage.

National Football League owners have thrown down the gauntlet in their decision to compel standing for the national anthem, leaving you with two options: embrace your power as nearly 70% of the sports league that is the world’s most profitable as a direct result of your talent and labor; or bow to a provocative display of authoritarianism intended to crush peaceful, powerful opposition to centuries of systemic racism.

The NFL’s new national anthem policy reflects not only a complete disregard for the humanity and autonomy of Black people, but the apparent belief the title “owner” conveys literal ownership of your Black bodies. It is also the latest in a long list of similarly abhorrent actions by the NFL in service to racism and white supremacy. From overtly excluding Black players from its ranks to restricting access to positions based upon …read more

Source:: The Westside Gazette