Token Justice? NFL to Kickoff 2020 Season with ‘Black National Anthem’

The National Football League plans to feature ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ — which some have dubbed the ‘Black National Anthem’ — before its 2020 Week One football games. Former NFL player Donte Stallworth, in a New Times op-ed, asks ‘Why?’, when the league ignores concrete actions it could take to promote more Black coaches and general managers. Meanwhile, the Times announces it will capitalize the word Black when referring to persons. Can such symbolism, such token justice, heal our nation?

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