NFL is finally beginning to head towards the right side of history.
It took four years after Colin Kaepernick’s peaceful protest, but it seems like NFL teams are finally coming around to seriously acknowledging systemic racism and police brutality.
The Minnesota Vikings are the latest organization to pledge millions of dollars towards social justice causes and the most notable given George Floyd’s tragic death occurred in Minneapolis.
Several high profile NFL players, most notably Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, have been speaking out to not only show support for Black Lives Matter, but also to call for real change in the country. To date, over 1,000 athletes including Tom Brady and Carson Wentz, have signed a letter for Congress to call an end to “qualified immunity” for police officers.
While the NFL is late to the party compared to the NBA and its athletes, these actions are finally a step in the right direction. NFL players are realizing they had the power all along — on and off the football field.
However, until Kaepernick and his good friend/fellow activist Eric Reid are signed, let’s not give teams too much credit for doing what they should have done years ago. Official press release from the Minnesota Vikings below.
MINNESOTA VIKINGS AND WILF FAMILY TO DONATE $5 MILLION TO SOCIAL JUSTICE CAUSES – Vikings Social Justice Committee and Team Ownership to Collectively Determine Recipients
Eagan, Minn. – The Minnesota Vikings and the Wilf family have announced a $5 million donation to social justice causes throughout the United States. In a video call with members of the team’s Social Justice Committee earlier this week, Vikings Owner/Chairman Zygi Wilf and Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf stated the contributions from this fund will be determined in part through collaboration with the players and directed toward organizations fighting hate, racism and inequality.
“We continue to be inspired by these players as they advocate for transformational change in this very challenging moment,” said Mark Wilf. “We are proud of their efforts to use their platform in an effort to end deep-seated social injustices. Their thoughtful approach and our conversations with them have deeply moved us, certainly in large part because of our family’s history and longstanding commitment to human rights, but also because of their steadfast dedication to not sit idly by when they have the ability to make a difference.”
The donations build on the Wilfs’ previous $500,000 commitment to the Social Justice Committee over the last two years. Those dollars were directed toward scholarships for low-income students, school supplies, legal aid for disadvantaged and underrepresented populations and law enforcement relations.
“Our organization and the players have shown a commitment to these causes over the last several years, but we know we need to and can do more,” said Zygi Wilf. “We want this investment to support the many diverse and meaningful social justice efforts throughout our country, but it can only be one piece of our overall work toward having a sustainable impact. Our actions within our communities will be the driving force for creating profound change.”
The Vikings also announced the endowed George Floyd Legacy Scholarship, which is being created by the Vikings Social Justice Committee in memory of George Floyd. The $125,000 initial establishing gift will generate approximately $5,000 annually to benefit African American graduating seniors in Minneapolis-St. Paul who are pursuing post-secondary education.