NFL to stencil 'End Racism' in end zones as part of social justice effort for 2020 home openers

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NFL players will be allowed to wear helmet decals honoring victims of systemic racism and end zones will feature the messages of “It Takes All of Us” and “End Racism” for home openers this season.

These efforts were revealed as the league informed teams in a memo Monday of its plans to amplify social justice initiatives. NFL Network and ESPN were the first to report the contents of that memo.

This effort comes just over three weeks after the league announced it would play “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” also known as the Black national anthem, before every Week 1 game. The NFL’s regular-season opener is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 10, and features the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Houston Texans.

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The NFL’s efforts continue what sports leagues throughout the world have already done to keep the spotlight on social justice issues following the death of George Floyd on May 25 in Minneapolis.

NBA courts in its Orlando bubble feature “Black Lives Matter” painted on the floor. Major League Baseball players have the option to wear a “Black Lives Matter” or “United for Change” patch on their jersey sleeves. NWSL players knelt during the national anthem at its Challenge Cup, and players for Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union wore the names of the victims of police brutality on the back of their jerseys.

IN addition, players in European soccer leagues took a knee prior to games to show support for the “Black Lives Matter” movement.

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