Roger Goodell, NFL
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National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell stated Juneteenth will be acknowledged as a league vacation and purchased the closing of the league workplace, according to a memo gotten by CNBC Friday.
In the memo, Goodell stated he desires personnel to utilize June 19 as a day to “reflect on our past but, more importantly, consider how each one of us can continue to show up and band together to work toward a better future.”
Juneteenth commemorated the main end of slavery in the U.S. after the Civil War ended in 1865, regardless of the flexibility of servants through the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. Goodell stated the historic occasion “weighs even more heavily today in the current climate.”
The May 25 death of George Floyd continues to pester the nation, stimulating restored discussion around cops cruelty and racial and social oppression versus Black individuals.
Last Friday, the NFL likewise made headings when Goodell provided an apology to NFL gamers who kneeled throughout the nationwide anthem to bring awareness to social oppressions versus the Black neighborhood. The NFL likewise upped its contribution to $250 million over 10 years for social justice triggers.
Other business like Twitter, Square, and Nike likewise revealed strategies today to make Juneteenth a vacation. Goodell stated in the memo that the date “not only marks the end of slavery in the United States, but it also symbolizes freedom.”
“A freedom that was delayed, and brutally resisted; and though decades of progress followed, a freedom for which we must continue to fight,” Goodell composed.