This Sunday, numerous players on teams around the league demonstrated during the National Anthem before games kicked off. Now, the protests are even spreading to high schools and colleges.
Players from the 49ers, Rams and Titans all raised a fist in the air during the anthem, and three members of the Miami Dolphins joined the Broncos Brandon Marshall and the 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid, taking a knee.
Kaepernick was the first player to demonstrate during the National Anthem during the NFL’s preseason, but has since been joined by athletes around the country, including at high school games and other professional sporting events.
The players are demonstrating racial injustice and police brutality.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told The New York Times that he respected what the players are doing:
I truly respect our players wanting to speak out and change their community. And they’re moving from protest to progress and trying to make things happen in communities … I think where they’re moving and how they’re moving there is very productive and we’re going to encourage that.