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Black Women’s Roundtable Discusses Domestic Violence with NFL

bwr01-360x200The beginning of the NFL’s 2014 season has been marked by scandals around players’ off-field behavior. But each time the league mustered an official response, it seemed to invite even more criticism — especially in the case of Ray Rice, the former Baltimore Ravens running back who was seen on surveillance video punching his then-fiancée and knocking her unconscious.

In late August, Roger Goodell, the football league’s commissioner, announced several programs meant to reduce domestic violence in the NFL and nationally. But on Sept. 16, the Black Women’s Roundtable, a group made up of Black women who are civic leaders, requested what they called an emergency meeting with Goodell. They wrote that they were outraged about the recent news surrounding domestic violence and the NFL, but just as concerned about who was left out of the league’s plans to tackle it:

“The Black Women’s Roundtable appreciates the fact that the NFL has established an advisory group of women to assist in ‘development and implementation of the league’s policies, resources and outreach on issues of domestic violence and sexual assault.’ However, your lack of inclusion of women of color, especially Black women who are disproportionately impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault; and the fact that over 66% of the NFL players are made up of African Americans is unacceptable.”

Last Wednesday, several women from African-American women’s organizations met with NFL officials for several hours to discuss. “I think it was a good first step, allowing us to come and share our perspectives,” said Stephanie Hightower, who heads the Columbus Urban League and attended the meeting. The Roundtable members asked for a follow-up meeting with Goodell in the next few weeks.


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2 thoughts on “Black Women’s Roundtable Discusses Domestic Violence with NFL

  1. Shawn Mc says:

    thank you black women for now making this an issue about black men and black women rather than domestic violence.

  2. Edens' Evolution says:

    Umm..u know black men are off the chain with not keeping their hands to themselves right? Not all but quite a bit. Rather than ducking how about owning it so it's not about you but solutions of therapeutic healing forrrr you. You know black men skate on their kids, reproduce like studs in slave times and constantly advertising disrespecting black women publicly. You want ppl to keep ur secrets but secrets kill, so on blast it is. There are loads of good black men like good cops but your value is 0 when u dtay silent in protect us and respecting urselves in the process. It's a two way street and each of us has a role. Whether remaining in the abusive situation, stayong silent for fear of getting killed, etc.
    Now, if u want to support ur bros in getting help and creating healthy relationships then that's s good place to start, rather than being disappointed somebody actually gives a damn about us women. I have yet to see a black ball player tearing his white wifes ass out the frame and justifying it. Had Rays wife been white, he'd likely be done and sympathy 0. Black women stand for black men but black men squat and hide. You think the world respects men who don't stand and honor their ladies. Stop taking and give already.

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