As Week 1 of the NFL season kicked off, thousands of players stood together in solidarity in their fight against racism and systemic oppression. Their message – presented on black T-shirts worn as they arrived at stadiums or took the field for pre-game warmups – was clear and impossible to distort.
“An injustice against one of us is an injustice against all of us,” the front of the shirts read, printed over the shadowed statement, “One team,” above the logos of the National Football League and NFL Players Association. The backs of the T-shirts read “End Racism,” in big, block letters.
The shirts were the product of a collaboration from Houston Texans safety Michael Thomas, his apparel company and the NFLPA. The NFL, and Nike, which owns exclusive on-field apparel rights, signed