By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The NFL announced on Thursday that they were making a change. A change to add an additional national anthem before Week 1 games.
Every Week 1 game will feature two national anthems. These games will feature “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which is considered the black national anthem, before the “Star-Spangled Banner.’
The first-time this will be played will be on Sept. 10 when the Houston Texans play the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.
There are 16 games in Week 1. Besides the Texans vs. Chiefs game, there will be 13 Sunday games with two Monday Night Football games that feature the Pittsburgh Steelers facing the New York Giants and the Tennessee Titans face the Denver Broncos.
This has already caused an uproar throughout the Internet. Many are confused why we need to hear two national anthems before games at least for every Week 1 game.
Many have criticized the NFL for catering to one group of individuals, the African-American community, by making this decision. Their argument is that Black, Whites, and Hispanics died for our freedom under the Star-Spangled banner.
The league said this off-season said that there was previous problems with systemic racism. The league is also considering putting victims names on their uniforms through decals on helmets or patches on jerseys.
This would be another attempt to cater to the black community. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell condemned racism and affirmed that Black Lives Matter.
The league also announced in June that the NFL is donating $250 million over the next 10-years.
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