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Chiefs and Texans make joint demonstration against racial injustice before first NFL game

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The Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans made a joint demonstration against racial injustice before the start of the first NFL game of the season at Arrowhead Stadium Thursday, according to the Telegraph. ~

Players on both teams were in communication with one another before the game, and came together at midfield before the game for a “moment of unity.” During this time the scoreboard showed a statement from players on both teams: “We support equality. We must end racism. We believe in justice for all. We must end police brutality. We choose unconditional love. We believe Black Lives Matter. It takes all of us.” ~

During the demonstration, a large amount of boos could be heard from the crowd as the teams lined up and linked arms, though it remains unclear whether the boos were sparked by the show of unity or for the Texans taking the field. “The moment of unity I personally thought was good. The booing was unfortunate in that moment,” Texans defensive end J.J. Watt said after the Chiefs emerged with a 34-20 victory. Chiefs players have been vocal leading up to game day about using the national attention the season-opening game will attract to send a message about racism and inequality in America. During pregame warmup, Chiefs players wore red shirts that said “Vote” on the front. Mahomes wore cleats that said “Change” on them. “We’ll do something in unison, something together to show our support for everybody out there who doesn’t have the platform that we have,” Mahomes said earlier this week. ~

Before the demonstration, the Texans went to the locker room before “Lift Every Voice and Sing” was performed and stayed in the locker room during the national anthem. The Chiefs remained on the field for both, and after the national anthem was played both teams came together for the demonstration. Only Chiefs defensive lineman Alex Okafor did not stand for the national anthem.The league plans to play “Lift Every Voice And Sing,” which is widely considered the Black national anthem, along with “The Star-Spangled Banner” before games this season as it recognizes social justice initiatives across the country. ~

ARTICLE: CONNOR KMIECIK 

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