By Zach Fox and Chance Williams
2020 has been a challenging year, not just because of a deadly virus that has affected the globe, but also the racial injustice that has been brought to light in the digital age of instantaneous news.
During the peak of social distancing and all citizens quarantining themselves, there was also the highly viewed and graphic video of George Floyd dying at the hands of a police officer.
Needless to say, the citizens of society took a stand to speak up. Social media and news coverage were dominated by footage and photographs of people protesting and marching with masks covering their mouths. The images of mouths being covered did not mean there was nothing to be said.
Sports is often referred to as “the ultimate distraction,” as it gives viewers the opportunity to escape from reality. However, it was Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling during the national anthem that first started the public outrage. But he was only the foreshadower of what the future of national anthems in sports was going to bring.
Many leagues not only allowed but encouraged some form of peaceful protesting and Major League Soccer was one of the leagues that did such. The beginning of F.C. Dallas’s season began right before the initial COVID-19 outbreak, so their season was put on hiatus. On August 12th, they returned for their season resumption, F.C. Dallas decided to take a stand in protest, by taking a knee. According to their Vice President of Media and Communication, Gina Miller, “We as an organization wholeheartedly support their desire and their motivations behind that.”