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NEW YORK (AP) — Civil rights activists protested outside NFL headquarters Friday, calling on team owners to overturn their new national anthem policy and urging a boycott of the league and its sponsors.
About 50 people gathered at the midtown Manhattan office building for a rally organized by National Action Network, a civil rights nonprofit.
The article goes on to state the following:
Kirsten John Foy, the group’s northeast regional director, was the first of 10 speakers who took turns during the 40-minute demonstration to criticize NFL team owners and President Donald Trump.
“Our demand is that the NFL reverse that immoral and unconstitutional decision,” Foy said.
The article also reports:
The Rev. Charles Williams II, president of the Michigan chapter of the National Action Network, said if Detroit Lions owner Martha Ford and the team adhere to the anthem policy, “then they are doing nothing more than … standing with racism.”
“I’m proud because I’m going to be on the right side of history,” Williams said. “I’m going to be standing and kneeling with Colin Kaepernick.”
“You can’t inundate us with tens of millions of dollars in commercial ads and then strip the people that generate your money and your profits of their first amendment rights,” Foy said. “And if they choose to protest, they’ve got to stay in the locker room. So the locker room is the new slave shanty.”
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