The San Francisco 49ers will fly a Black Lives Matter flag at Levi’s Stadium as part of the franchise’s continued support of the fight against racial injustice.
The flag will fly alongside the flag of the state of California and the flag of the United States. Team CEO Jed York spoke about the Black Lives Matter move Monday night at a meeting on the state of the franchise, according to Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group:
“First of all, you are saddened and outrageous when you see events happening, especially when they are specifically violent events that are directed at African Americans. We are focused on taking action.”
“We have to make sure we do everything we can to make them have a voice, whether it’s to make sure they can go out to vote (and that’s the best way to make their voice heard in this country), or if we can work with groups like the Players Coalition and others that can help change the laws and tactics we may not be adept at.
“We want to work with expert people so that we can make real and serious changes in this country.”
“What we do know better than the political aspect of things that need to be changed, we certainly understand education. We understand giving people the same opportunities. That is where we have worked for decades and will continue to do so.
“We want to make sure we empower everyone in our organization and outside to make the most of their lives and have what I believe to be equality for all and justice for all.”
The franchise donated $ 1 million to social justice causes earlier this year and in 2016, when it coincided with a donation from then-quarterback Colin Kaepernick. York said his conversations with Kaepernick then helped propel the 49ers to take viable steps toward progress.