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Here's how NFL Sunday games highlighted racial inequality in the US

September 13, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The first NFL Sunday of the season kicked off with players and teams acknowledging the racial strife that has engulfed the United States in recent months.

Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since he sparked controversy by sitting, then kneeling, during the National Anthem before several games to protest the police shootings of Black men and other social injustices faced by the Black community.

Two seasons ago, the NFL said players must stand or stay in the locker room.

The Eagles remained in their locker room during the pregame playing of the National Anthem before their match against the Washington Football Team on Sunday.

The two teams gathered on the field and locked arms during the playing of the hymn "Lift Every Voice and Sing," known as the Black National Anthem, sung by Grammy Award-winning Alicia Keys.

The Green Bay Packers joined other teams who chose to stay in their locker rooms during the National Anthem before their game against the Minnesota Vikings, who stayed on the field.

"We decided as a team to remain in the locker room during the playing of the National Anthem and 'Lift Every Voice and Sing' so as to not distract from our message that we stand united for social justice and racial equality," Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy said in a statement.

The game between the Colts and the Jaguars, the only one on Sunday to feature spectators in the stands, saw the Jaguars stay in the locker room while the hymn "Lift Every Voice and Sing" and the National Anthem were played.

And as a team, we have decided to remain in the locker room during the pregame playing of "Lift Every Voice and Sing" and "The Star Spangled Banner" as an extension of our protest of racial injustice against the Black community," the Jaguars said in a statement after the game.

"Today our football team made a statement on behalf of the Black communities in our state of Indiana; but also on behalf of all Black communities from where our players and coaches call home," the Colts said in a statement.

The team said their "two-fold symbolic gesture of stepping forward and kneeling" was a statement of their unity, strength, and desire to stand with Black communities "in the fight for justice and equality. "

Before their game against the Raiders, the Panthers stood on the sidelines during the National Anthem, with some players taking a knee or holding their fists in the air.

Several Ravens players took a knee during the National Anthem while some chose to sit on the bench before the team's game against the Browns.

The Seahawks and the Falcons were on the field for the National Anthem and a few Seahawks players kneeled.

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