Stand with NFL players speaking out against racial injustice
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As one the NFL's premiere corporate sponsors, Pizza Hut has a responsibility to speak out against a widely-criticized new policy from the NFL that will punish players who choose to speak up for racial justice and racial equity by kneeling during the national anthem.
At the NFL owners meeting, owners (without any input from players) enacted a new policy that requires mandatory standing during the national anthem. If a player doesn't want to stand during the national anthem, they are then forced to stay in the locker room (or another area off field), or face fines and potentially other disciplinary actions.
Football players that take a knee aren't disrespecting the national anthem -- they're instead using their platform to try and call attention to social injustice. Whether it's race-based violence or pointing out the high numbers of African-American citizens killed by law enforcement, these players are lending their voice to try and make America better.
And yet the NFL wants to hide them in the locker rooms, or worse, fine them and discipline them for speaking out.
The NFL Players Association has started to speak out against this policy, stating that "The NFL chose to not consult the union in the development of this new 'policy.' NFL players have shown their patriotism through their social activism, their community service, in support of our military and law enforcement and yes, through their protests to raise awareness about the issues they care about."
Pizza Hut, as one of the NFL's biggest corporate sponsors, should speak out as well and stand with players. Sign the petition urging NFL sponsor Pizza Hut to withhold support for the new NFL owner's policy.
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